For those of you coming to Thailand on holiday, I highly recommend that you don’t miss an opportunity to go and see a Muay Thai match in Bangkok. There is nothing like it on earth. Thai Kick Boxing, as it is sometimes known in the West, is distinctly different to other forms of boxing because eight limbs are allowed to be used. Namely: hands, shins, elbows and knees. But, it isn’t this alone that will entertain you as there is also live music which rises in pitch as the kicks and punches become more furious.
There are a number of stadiums around Bangkok, but the latest and most modern is the Bangkok Boxing Stadium in Huaykwang. They have muay Thai fights here every Saturday between 2.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. When I went yesterday I saw that the first two hours were broadcast live on Channel 11 and included some pretty exciting matches. Thai boxing is very intensive not only to take part but to watch too. There is a lot of crowd participation as they shout in rhythm to each of the blows. Encouraging the boxers to hit harder.
You cannot say you have been to Thailand until you have experienced a Muay Thai match. This is definitely in the top 10 for attractions to see in Bangkok. I highly recommend the Bangkok Boxing Stadium as I had a really enjoyable afternoon watching the fights. I will definitely go again. I have more pictures to share with you this week as well as some intensive video clips that I took from ringside. Many thanks to Khun Siraphon Ratanasuban for inviting me to the match. For more information on how to visit the stadium please visit their website at bangkokboxingstadium.com.
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