Sepak Takraw in Bangkok

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Essentially a net game played with feet, 'sepak takraw' is a hybrid of football (soccer) and volleyball with a bit of gymnastics and kung fu thrown in. Countless variations of the game are played throughout the region, but the basic objective of each is to keep the hollow, grapefruit-sized ball from touching the ground - while its on your side of the net - by keeping it airborne with the feet, knees, head, shoulders, elbows - or almost every part of the body, except the hands. A point is scored when the ball falls on the ground on the opponent's territory.

A typical sepak takraw match is filled with lots of adrenaline, thrill and curious acrobatic moves. Each side has three players - the tekong is at the back and two at the front, standing on the tekong's left and right, forming a triangular shape. The game involves alternating attacks and defenses, with the attacking team performing a high-flying scissor kick to send the ball over the net and essentially bury it into the ground. 

Origins & History

Where sepak takraw originated from remains a matter of intense debate in Southeast Asia, as several countries proudly claim it as their own. Whilst this may never be satisfactorily determined, there is some agreement that the game was introduced to Southeast Asia through commercial contact with China, where an ancient form of the game originated.  Read More...

Basic Rules & How to play

Sepak takraw is played between two teams of three players; the left inside, right inside and back. The court is about the same size as a badminton court (6.1m x 13.4m) and the net is 1.52 metres high. Traditionally balls were hand-woven from bamboo or rattan, but most modern ones are synthetic. Read More...

Where to see sepak takraw in Bangkok

Recreational sepak takraw can be seen played in the city's public parks, fairgrounds, city streets, courtyards of 'wats' (temples), Sanam Luang (near the Grand Palace), on construction sites or anywhere with just a few feet of open space. Read More...


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