Almost eradicated by the Khmer Rouge regime, the two thousand year old Cambodian kite tradition has been revived through the efforts of retired Ministry of Culture Sim Sarak and wife, Cheang Yarin. The most notable traditional design is the Khleng Ek (the musical kite), sometimes called Khleng Por Kaun (the kite carrying its baby), or Khleng Mer Kaun (mother-baby kite). The sophisticated hummer can produce up to nine notes and is compared to a mother lulling her baby to sleep.
Cambodian kite tradition developed in the agrarian country and kite flying marks the end of the wet season. Kite festivals held in November or December give occasion to pray for good weather and good harvests as well as freedom from heavy rains and floods.
Several Cambodian kites are similar to those of Thailand and wing structures are reminiscent of the other kite cultures of Southeast Asia. A notable difference in design is that the frame of Cambodian kites is normally on the front.