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A pair of klong khaek
The instrument's name comes from klong (meaning "drum") and khaek (meaning "Indian" or "Malay"). There are two types of klong khaek: klong khaek tua phu (which is considered to be male) (Thai: กลองแขกตัวผู้) and klong khaek tua mia (female) (Thai: กลองแขกตัวเมีย). They are always played in a pair, usually by two players, although if two players are not available a single player may play both drums. The two drums fit their beats together in hocket, or interlocking form.