Pattaya skies awash with colour as International Kite Festival takes flight

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Dragon kites from Germany soar high above Pattaya’s beachfront during the lively ‘Pattaya International Kite on the Beach 2024’ festival, showcasing a dazzling array of international kite displays.

PATTAYA, Thailand – Against the backdrop of Pattaya’s picturesque beachfront, the vibrant hues of countless kites danced in the sky, marking the commencement of the “Pattaya International Kite on the Beach 2024” festival. Launched on February 22 and set to enchant spectators until Monday, February 26, the event received a grand inauguration by Mayor Poramet Ngampichet in front of the Central Pattaya shopping centre, heralding the festival’s third consecutive year.



In a collaborative effort between Central Pattana, Pattaya City, Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Office, Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, Marine Department, and THAITAN Kite Team Thailand, the festival endeavours to invigorate Pattaya’s economy by beckoning both local and international tourists to revel in the kaleidoscope of kite displays adorning the 1 km stretch of Pattaya beach.

A myriad of international giant kites took centre stage, showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of kite enthusiasts from around the globe. Spectators were treated to the majestic presence of dragon kites from Germany, whale kites from France, and contributions from Italy, Australia, Colombia, China, India, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and beyond. Among the captivating displays was the “Smiling Giant,” a masterpiece of Thai design crafted by Thaitan Kite Team Thailand, featuring the artistic flair of renowned Thai artist Worachai Matkij, whose kite exhibitions have graced over 10 countries worldwide.



Complementing the enchanting kite displays were an array of captivating attractions. A colossal LED squid display, towering over 10 meters in size, illuminated the night sky with its radiant glow. An Inflatable Kite show, boasting over 1,000 kites, mesmerized audiences with its sheer magnitude. Meanwhile, a bustling marketplace, housing more than 50 stalls vending kites and accessories, offered visitors the opportunity to take a piece of the festival home. Additionally, a Kite Painting Workshop was held, igniting creativity and fostering a deeper appreciation for Thai tourism.

“The ‘Smiling Giant,’ a Thai-designed masterpiece mesmerizes spectators at the ‘Pattaya International Kite on the Beach 2024’ festival, showcasing the artistic brilliance of renowned Thai artist Worachai Matkij.


Mayor Poramet Ngampichet takes to the skies, flying his kite during the inauguration of the Pattaya International Kite on the Beach 2024 festival.
Spectators marvel at the international array of kites, including dragon kites from Germany, whale kites from France, and contributions from around the globe, at the Pattaya International Kite on the Beach 2024 festival.


As night falls, the Pattaya International Kite on the Beach 2024 festival takes on a mesmerizing glow with the towering presence of a colossal LED squid display, spanning over 10 meters in size.
As the sun dips below the horizon of Pattaya Bay, colourful kites continue to soar above the beach, captivating thousands of spectators with their mesmerizing display.