FLYING KITES IN MALAYSIA AND THAILAND.
We were guests at the 20th Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival in 2015. With kite fliers from 49 countries this event created a wonderful feast of colour and movement in the sky.
The opening ceremony, with the Sultan of Johor, featured parades, a spectacular firework display and illuminated night kite flying.
During the festival hundreds of traditional Malaysian kites were entered into their national kite making competitions. Local school children also made taditional kites on the theme of celebration. International kite fliers flew contemporary and large inflatable kites.
The next part of the kite tour took us to Malacca to fly kites at their first International Kite Festival. Malacca is a city with over 50 museums, including a fascinating kite museum.
For the last part of our kite tour we headed north by road, passing through Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. Then across the border to Thailand to participate in the well established International Kite Festival in Satun. More than just kites, this city provides an exhilarating experience of local culture, colour and costume.
Finally, before flying back to the UK, we headed for Singapore to visit museums, art galleries and to experience the wide variety of food in the hawker centres and Chinatown.