One of the Thailand games is the Kataw, a game that
it plays with a plastic ball, or plaited from palm
fibres, which is hit with the leg from one player to
another, without touching the ground.
The players make a circle whose size depends of the
players’ number, and the points are given depending
on the difficulty, the variety and the mastery of
the hits. In Thailand this interesting game is known
as the Takraw and is almost as popular in Thailand
as in Laos and Malaysia.It was introduced as sport
at the South-East Asia’s Games at the Thailand’s
initiative but the Malaysian players
are the ones who
win the championships the most of the times. Tourists
who spent about two weeks in Penang-Malaysia didn’t see the
children playing this game on streets as the often saw in
Thailand and Laos.
In local or international competitions, kataw is
played on a volleyball ground but the only parts of
the body with which the ball can be touched are the
legs, making pirouettes and hitting the ball with
the leg after net. It almost looks like taekwondo,
the Korean martial art in which the fighter use
excessively the hits with the legs.
Another Thailand game is the horse riding (Khee Ma
Karn Klui), very popular among the boys who live at
country, due to its fun and simple rules. To make
the horse you need a banana’s leaf stalk, in its
The leaf has to be trimmed off and leave some leaf
at one of its ends for tail.
The horse’s head has to be made at the other end.
Here you have to make two flaps, lateral and of 4
inches in length, and to make the ears and the head
you have to bend the stalk.
To keep the head
bent you have to pierce the neck and the head with a stick
from wood. Put a strap around the horse, as a bridle to keep
the horse under control while the child is happily galloping
and trotting it.
Makruk is the
Thai Chess, very popular in Thailand where is played
by about 2 million people.
There are 6
pieces of the game: rua (the rook), thon or khon
(the bishop), ma (the knight), bia (the pawn), met
(the queen) and khun (the king). In the set up, the
Queen always has to be placed at the King’s right.
If in the European chess the kings face to each
other, in the Thai chess this thing doesn’t happen.
The Rook and
he Knight have the same functions as in the European
chess, as well as the King. The Thai chess is
believed to date from 1000 years again and the chess
forms that are played now may be very close to the
ancestor game’s original common.
It is also assumed that the Thai chess and the Cambodian one
look so much alike because the Thais learnt the game from