Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand.
It was developed several hundreds of years ago as a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon.
At most boxing stadiums in Bangkok or major big cities you have to pay ticket from 600 baht to watch professional Muay Thai Fights .
You want to watch it but have no budget ?
Don’t worry !
Now there’s an option that you can watch some real fights for free !
Channel 7 Stadium in Bangkok is one of the more popular venue for Muay Thai fights in Bangkok, with the others such as Rajadamnern stadiums.
Channel 7 wants a full stadium so there is no entrance to pay.
I am not interested in boxing or martial arts, but it is free and a true cultural fun experience.
So, why not ?
To come and see the show there you need to follow some of the rules there :
1. Wear polo shirts or button down shirt. Or you can buy cheap used shirts for 50 baht or new polo shirt for 100 baht. Must wear long Pants too. Women can get away with nice blouses.
2. And closed toe shoes like sneakers. NO flip flops.
3. If you want to have a good seat, come before 1 pm and just wait at the waiting area. ( You can still eat and have drinks here )
4. No food or drinks allowed.
5. Tourists get special seat in front of the ring.
6. Go to toilet before you sit, cause after it gets crowded its difficult to go down.
7. If come after 2 pm you will standing in the side with the locals.
8. Pay extra if you want to sit in their VIP comfy seats.
9. The fight begin at 2.30 It’s also live for TV
After 2 pm the stadium is already packed, mostly with Thai men .
Supporters from each side starts yelling and chanting.
After the MC appears on the stage due to Live broadcast the fight starts.
Traditional, hypnotic music is being played in the background while the fighters perform the “Wai Khru” and “Ram Muay”, a ritual dance to paying respect to teacher, parents and/or the and show off their skills.
The pre-fight ceremony also seeks to invoke protection for both the fighter and their opponent; winning is desirable, but honour comes first.
Win or lose, fighters congratulate each other and show respect to their opponent’s trainer.
The fights went for five, three-minute rounds and were all high quality real fights with sweats and blood.
After the fighter has finished the wai kru, the trainer will take the mongkol (lit. ‘holy spirit, luck, and protection’) off of his head and place it in his corner of the ring for luck.
I don’t know much about the fights as I’m no expert, I don’t know the names of moves, I don’t know the names of fighters, but watching the crowd was as fun.
When the crowd all simultaneously gasps and shouts, cheering for the fighters, which happens rather frequently, you will find yourself gasping and shouting too.
Part of Muay Thai attraction for tourists is the enthusiastic presence of gambling at the events.
There will be a lot of hand gesturing going on at the traditional stadiums, very similar to hand signalling in financial trading floors.
The atmosphere is lively due to the enthusiastic local fight fans and gamblers.
The whole environment with the betting gestures, and the energy in the room is very rowdy, contagiously exciting , very interesting to watch, a worthwhile and a very authentic Bangkok experience.
And if you wanna go out you will pass the room where the winners or players get interviewed and you can take pictures with them too.
I would highly recommend this if you are in Bangkok .
How to go there :
a. Taking a cab is the easiest
b. BTS – Mo Chit or MRT (Chatuchak).
Walk down the road opposite of Chatuchak park.Turn right at the road where you see the BTS headquarters building and keep walking for another 5 minute. You will see the security guards directing visitors and traffic at the studio. Just follow the crowd from there.
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