The successful entry of Thailand’s national sport into the world’s mainstream culture is undeniable with its martial arts popularity and widespread media attention; and why not? Whoever has watched Ong Bak or played Sagat in the popular Nintendo game Street Fighter knows the excitement and thrill of this mixed martial art form. Bangkok boasts of eight major stadiums where you can watch a weekly dose of the city’s hardest fighters in this “art of eight limbs.” Muay Thai is often called the “Science of eight limbs” as the sport incorporates the use of punches, elbows, kicks, and knees which are known as the eight points of contact.
Western boxing only employs the use of fists, aptly called two points; other forms of martial arts use four points, which are the hands and feet. But what can be more exciting than using all eight points of contacts in the body through this age-old martial arts sport? And where better to watch a grueling Muay Thai match than in its country and city of origin? Lumpimi Stadium hosts Muay Thai kickboxing matches every Tuesday and Friday at 6:30, and on Saturdays from 5-8 PM and 8:30 PM. This big stadium is located at Rama IV Road where you can buy tickets from 500 – 1,500 Baht, with the most expensive affording you ringside seats.
Another great place to watch Muay Thai is in Ratchadamnoen Stadium in Nok Avenue. They hold weekly fights every Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 6:30 PM onwards. Tickets also cost the same as with the Lumpini Stadium. There are also other smaller stadiums that host noteworthy Muay Thai bouts, like the Channel 7 Stadium which gives you free admission, the Rangsit Stadium in Prachathipat Road which is also famous for holding girl fights, the Samrong Stadium in Samutprakan, and the Omnoy Stadium in Samutsakorn.