Saturday, September 4, 2010

25th Annual King's Cup: Sepak Takraw

One of the Harrington's favorite days in Chiang Mai was a day spent at the 25th Annual King's Cup: Sepak Takraw Tournament. Sepak Takraw is also known as Thai Football and probably by a few other names throughout Asia. Regardless of what you call it, the sport is absolutely impressive. Matches seem to combine the grace and fluidity of dance, the flexibility and ease of martial arts and the concept of volleyball plus soccer.

Each team consists of three players. One serves the small woven synthetic (traditionally bamboo) ball over the net where a series of blocks, passes and an eventual flip kick send the ball to the other side. For an entire day the Harrington's sat in amazement and admiration at the athleticism of these men and women who so impressively play Sepak Takraw.

Japanese Mens' Team going up for the block

Flip Kicks!

Thailands Team - the crowds obvious favorite

This being one of the Harrington's greatest travel adventures and experiences they highly recommend to any travelers: "If you see an advertisment for something such as a tournament, festival, etc. figure out how to get there and enjoy the heck out of it - you'll feel less like a tourist and more like a local!"

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