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Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya

Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya

Pattaya City’s annual international kite festival kicked off on Thursday, featuring more than 1,000 colourful inflatable kites and several professional kite flyers from 10 countries.

Pattaya International Kite on the Beach 2024 is being held until February 26 on a one-kilometre-plus stretch of Pattaya beach in Chonburi province.

The participating flyers and enthusiasts hail from Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Colombia, China, India, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and, yes, Thailand.

A large 10-metre-long octopus-shaped kite equipped with LEDs makes its debutant appearance at the festival this year. It will join other illuminated kites in a nighttime extravaganza involving LED-equipped kites flying over the resort city’s night sky. This show will be one of the highlights of this year’s festival, according to the organisers.

Smiling Giant inflatable kites, created by Thailand’s Thaitan Kite Team, will also surveil the crowds below. They’ve participated in international kite festivals in more than 10 countries.

The festival can also boast a group of colourful dragon kites from Germany, made with advanced technology and among the most expensive of inflatable kites.

Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya
 

Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya

A team of French kite flyers will also show off their skills controlling large kites shaped like killer whales over the Pattaya sky.

Shoppers can check out 50 booths selling kites and kite-making equipment. There is also a kite painting workshop.

Organisers expect this year’s festival will attract thousands of Thai and foreign tourists to Pattaya. Visitors can expect a blend of traditional and cutting-edge kite designs, along with cultural performances and activities throughout the festival.

The kite festival is organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Pattaya City, Central Pattana, Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, and the Marine Department.

Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya Kites galore sear the sky above Pattaya

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