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Dern Ka La / Coconut-shell Shoes

Bangkok, Thailand

The game utilizes a traditional toy that is made from a pair of coconut shells. The aim of the game is for players to compete to see who can move fastest while standing on the Dern Kala.

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Ka Fug Khai / Crow Takes Care of Its Eggs

Bangkok, Thailand

The aim of the game is for players to try to outwit the crow and steal the guarded eggs without being caught.

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Len Saba / Tossing Saba Seeds

Mon community, Bangkok, Thailand

Saba is one of Thailand’s oldest traditional games and is played by both Thai and Mon ethnic communities. The aim of the game is for players to pick up the Saba seed and using their knees, legs or feet, flick or throw it at their opponent’s target. The game originally brought together local communities during New Year festivities and provided an opportunity for young men and women to interact with each other in a playful manner.

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Lor Kon Krok / Rolling a Mortar Bottom

Mon community, Bangkok, Thailand

Lor Kon Krok is primary played by communities living within or near pottery producing villages. The aim of the game is for players to control a rolling mortar bottom with a coconut stalk.

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Ma Karn Kluay / Banana-stalk Horse

Bangkok, Thailand

A popular toy, made from a banana stalk, shaped like a horse.

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Mon Son Pa / Mon Hides a Cloth

Bangkok, Thailand

In the game, players have to guess if the cloth has been placed behind them. If it has, they have to quickly pick it up and chase their opponent, catching them before they make it back to their empty seat.

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Ngoo Kin Hang / Tail-Eating Snake

Bangkok, Thailand

The aim of the game is for the Father Snake to try to outwit the Mother Snake and catch one of the Baby Snakes that she is trying to protect. A very old game, Tail Eating Snake is traditionally played during the Songkran festivals and other special cultural events.

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Peun Karnkhuay / Banana-stalk Gun

Bangkok, Thailand

A simple toy, shaped like a gun that is made from a banana stalk! The toy is popular with young children all over Thailand and once made, it can be played with alone or better still with a group of friends.

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Ree Ree Khao Sarn / To be Trapped Between the Arches

Bangkok, Thailand

The aim of the game is for players to pass under an archway that is formed by their opponent’s arms without being trapped.

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