Muay Thai boxing in Bangkok is an experience not to be missed and, without doubt, the best place to watch genuine matches is at the new and improved Lumpinee Boxing Stadium (also called Lumpini Boxing Stadium) in the northern suburbs of the city.
The power and grace of the fighters is impressive and bouts come thick and fast with around 20 separate fights on each programme. Bouts are fought over five, two-minute rounds, with the pace visibly picking up until the last round when the intensity of the fighters – and the crowd – becomes electric, all backed by the exotic, rhythmical music played by the oboes and drums of the muay Thai band.
Note that the stadium moved premisis in 2014. It is still called Lumpinee Boxing Stadium but is now located 20km from its original location and is now near Don Muang Domestic Airport.
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The new Lumpini Boxing Stadium on Ramintra Road is located close to Don Muang Airport and holds up to 5,000 spectators in a purpose built, air-conditioned stadium. There are three ticket types but the best seats in the house are ringside. Drinks and snacks are brought round by waiting staff and there is a small snack shop but there are no fully fledged restaurants here.
Bouts are arranged by weight and start with surprisingly young fighters weighing as little as 52 pounds (23kg) but most fighters are around 126 pounds (58kg), often called featherweight in fighting circles. The level of fitness of the fighters is incredible, as is the spirit of endurance shown, because in muay Thai all limbs can be used to strike the opponent: punches, elbows, knees and kicks. Kicks are the most common form of attack in most bouts, although it is common to see fighters grapple and trade punishing knees to the abdomen which are cheered loudly by the crowd.
As muay Thai is such a longstanding tradition in Thailand there are many ancient rituals to perform before and after the fight. Before the fight can begin a sacred dance is performed by the fighters who will flex and dance around the ring in garlands of flowers and draped in bright robes. Also after the fight, boxers pay respect to the coaches and teams of their opponent as showing respect for your opponent and his team is very important.
To reach the new Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, you can take a taxi from Mo Chit BTS Station; however, by far the easiest option is to book a tour including transfer from and to your hotel.
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
- Opening Hours: Tue - Fri 18:30 - 23:00, Sat 16:00 - 20:00 and 20:15 - 24:00
- Address: No.6, Ramintra Rd, Anusawaree
- Tel: +66 (0) 2522 6843