Klong Yao
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Klong Yao
Cambodian goblet drum from 1892 engraving. Goblet drums this size today are called skor chhaiyam (Khmer) and are dressed in a colorful skirt. The Thai call this type of drum klong yao.

Klong yao (Thai: ?, pronounced [kl?:? ja:w]) is a long drum used in Thailand and Khawng yao in Great Laos. It is generally slung over the shoulder and played with the hands. It has a wooden body and a drumhead made from water buffalo skin, and is usually decorated with a colorful skirt. It is played in many festival parades in Thailand. Extremely large klong yao, which may be up to 10 m in length, are sometimes encountered in parades, where they are carried by truck.

Similar drums are used by the Dai people of the Yunnan province of southwest China, as well as in Burma. It is the equivalent of the Cambodian skor chhaiyam.

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