The Royal Kites of Thailand: Battle of the Sexes Staged in Bangkok Skies

Ron Spaulding
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THE COMPETITION: The Chulas and Pakpaos engage in an annual battle of the sexes at Sanam Luang, the Royal Parade Grounds next to and directly north of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Kiteflying from March 15 to April 15 is the time when winds-"kite winds"-blow from the south. The due north orientation of the venue and the way the winds blow over the palace provide excellent flying conditions.

The grounds are approximately 300 meters in length. The northern 75 meters of the field is Pakpao territory; 225 meters are designated Chula territory. A rope line several feet in the air separates the two territories.

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