There are now two arena's in Bangkok that serve the publics daily need for Muy Thai kickboxing, the new arena that is used on the weekend, and the older one which operates during the week. I went to a Muy Thai match during a weekday at the older arena. Tickets are booked at any tourist ticket office and are very PRICEY!!!!!! This is because tourists are reserved the seats closest to the mat, while the locals stay in the stands. I am no Muy Thai expert so I can't critique the finer points of the matches, but I tell you the atmosphere in that arena was electric. There were people in the stands playing drums, people yelling, and you can't help but chime in with the crowd with a "HUAW!" everytime a figher landed a knee to the abdomen. Watch as the corner bosses for each fighters scream and jump during the fight, see the red marks accumulate on the fighters bodies, get a couple beers on board and let it loose, Muy Thai is a great time.
Downside to Muy Thai - it's very pricey, about 50-60$ for approximately 3 hours
went to Lumphini on 30th April.. gave that a miss since the price is too expensive…
ticket for non Thai - 1000Baht, 1500 Baht, 2000 Baht (ring side)
ticket for Thai - 250 baht (written in Thai - òõð, not number)
they have 7 fights that day..
I went to watch a Muay Thai fight for the first time which was very interesting. There was a whole bunch of fights and i didn't even stay to finish them all because it was taking a really long time... i sat in the VIP seating next to some hot British girls, which was a definite plus... Most of the fights consisted of what looked like 12 year old kids kicking the crap out of each other... it was a good experience but next time i'm going to sit with all the Thai people up top because it looks alot more fun up there......
You have to go and see thai boxing ( muay thai). It's fun to watch. It's the Thai national sport, very traditional. It's considered a martial art in Thailand. Matches usually have no more than 5 rounds, each during about 3 minutes. You can see it in the stadiums of Lumpini or Ratchadamnoen in Bangkok. Ticket prices range from 220 to 1000 Baht.
If you're in Thailand you should see a Muay Thai boxing match. I went at Lumpini stadion in Bangkok, which is a very big one.
Muay Thai is Thailand number one sport and the Thai people go berserk.
I myself am not a big boxing fan but this was still a highlight. The matches are done with many rituals and there is a live band playing traditional music.
The atmosphere is amasing.
Its well worth taking a evening to watch the Mauy Thai its a form of kickboxing and features boxers of all weights, as a foreign visitor you get priority seating and get to meet the fighters after .
Give yourself plenty of time to get there in the taxi as traffic is very heavy that time of evening
The sport of Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is immensely popular in the Kingdom. Fights are broadcast on TV almost nightly, every sizable city has a boxing ring, and the top fighters are all household names. Boys start training as young as 7 to become professional boxers. The biggest and most prestigeous stadiums in the country are Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen in Bangkok, which hold fights on alternating nights so that there is a program every night.
In Muay Thai, there are five three-minute rounds with two-minute breaks in between, and every fight is preceeded by a symbolic dance by both fighters to pay homage to their teachers. Fights are accompanied by live music played by a ringside band with traditional instruments.
I attended a program at Lumpini in January 2005 that included 8 fights (although we missed the first 2). Ticket prices had just been raised (at least for tourists), so ringside seats were 1500 Baht and second level were 800 Baht. We opted for second level, which turned out to be right behind the ringside section, still very close to the action. The fights were fast and furious, with 3 ending in a knockout. Although it was quite expensive, it was definitely worth the experience.
Thai Boxing is pretty vicious stuff. Westerners rarely make it to the top echelons as they fail to realise the Thai's are trained for years and years and years to absorb blow after blow, kick after kick. The punishment they take is incredible - and part of a successful fighter's make up is their ability to plod through the onslaught.
Ratchadamnoen is more of a "homely" stadium versus the larger Lumpini on Rama IV (The Wembley Stadium of Muay Thai), and thus has even more character. These friezes outside remind me of the stuff you get at Highbury and the classic Art Deco football grounds of England - that are now going by the bye. They also remind every would be gambler taxi driver that Muay started off as a technique to murder the whack out of Burmese and invading Cambodeans.
Tourists do pay a lot more than locals for seats - I'd suggest you don't waste your money on ringside at 1000 THB plus. Go for the terraces and sit with the locals.
Watch the fun and games of the illegal ringside gambling, with guys donning twenty plus mobile phones running undercover books. Best not to place a bet, the odds are incomprehensible. Believe me.
The stadium shop here is great for all things Muay - shorts, head gear, gloves, training equipments, books and videos. Though its only open when the fights are on.
Fight times / details here:
Muay Thai or kick boxing is very popular in Thailand. When the boxers enter the ring they do various prayers and circle the ring many times. It;s very interesting, but can be a little bloody. Many of the boxers we saw entering the ring had to be taken out by stretchers. Still it's an insight into Thai culture and should be seen.
There are two boxing stadiums in Bangkok. We went to the one by Lumphini Park.
Wondering how it's like? Thai kick boxing or Muay Thai is national martial art here it's getting more and more popular. Many foreigners come to Thailand just to train Muay Thai. But to Thai people I would say there're 2 groups. First are people who they're really into praciticing it or do it as sport or excercise. Second group is the audience (just for fun or gambling). Every weekend you might see Motocycle-taxi guys sitting in front of TV together and cheering loudly.
Where to go to see it?
There're several stadiums you can go to see MuayThai. But popular ones are Lumpini Stadium and Rajamdamnern Stadium. See Schedule and ticket fee of Rajadamnern Stadium here
And Schedule and ticket fee of Lumpini Stadium here
Lately there was a film named "Ong Bak" see French website here got so popular in Bangkok as it was pure ancient MuayThai the actor he had passion for it he practiced Muay Thai for 7 years before he had chance to be on this film. And it was a surprise this film went very sucessfully in international too.
Another movie is
"Beautiful Boxer this one is based on true story of very successful and most popular transexual kick boxer of Thailand. (That was before SHE had surgery though)
If you're interested in Muay Thai art can check this out
You can catch Muai Thai boxing at Lumphini Stadium on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. On arrival at the stadium you're immediately confronted by the obligatory gaggle of people trying to get you into the stadium. They're easily recognised by their bright coloured bibs. They'll explain the pricing structure and, if you ask them nicely, will give you a quick glimpse of the arena so you can see where your ticket will land you.
There is a dual pricing structure with tourists paying twice as much as the locals. But, as local prices are displayed only in Thai, you are pretty much stuck with paying the tourist price.
OK, it's ugly. One of the young boxers the night we went was knocked out badly for example. But it is also quite typichal thai sport and you SHOULD go to a thai boxing event. We went to Ratchadamnoen Stadium and there was a big crowd of almost only thai people who betted on the games and made a whole lot of noices.
This is supposed to be a more genuine "thai" boxing arena than some of the others that are more for tourists. Bouts are held on Mondays at 5.00 and 9.00 pm, Wednesdays at 6.00 pm, Thursdays at 6.00 pm, and Sundays at 5.00 pm.
It was also here I met an old thai man who wanted to try his english skills. We ended up talking about the group of death in the 2002 World Cup of Soccer in Korea/Japan.
Thai kickboxing (Muay Thai) is very popular and quite entertaining if you like spectacular sports. In Bangkok, there are two stadium which held matches every evening at 17 and 21. Mon, Wed, Fri, Su at Rajdumnan Stadium; Tue, Thu, Sat at Lumpini Stadium. Both stadiums are at the city centre and easily accessible.
Fact-pacing martial art and spectacular sport.
Get ring side tix so you see all the action. You'll also have more room to breathe. The other seats are cramped.