Muay Thai at Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | Today my local friends invited me to come and experience a real Muay Thai fight at one of the most important arenas in Bangkok, the Rajadamnern Stadium. Hopefully you will get to feel the excitement of the crowd over their national sport and their young fighters.
Muay Thai, is a way of combat, the most famous and important in Thailand. Muay Thai is referred to as the – Art of Eight Limbs, where fighters use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. This is one of the differences with Kickboxing, a sport many people mistake with Muay Thai. The fighters are called nak muay.
Rajadamnern Stadium offers the ultimate Muay Thai Arena. Mingle among locals and enjoy their national sport. And if you know the right people, like I do, you will get to go backstage and even get your own Muay Thai Boxing Short. Rajadamnern Stadium, along the Lumpinee Stadium are the two most important arenas for modern Muay Thai. The dream of many fighters around Thailand.
Tourists – farangs, are welcomed. The stadium opens Monday/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 06.30PM to 11PM and Sundays from 05.30PM to 8.00PM and 08.30PM to 12AM. The entry fee goes from TBH 1000 to 2000 depending on your seating choice. We were at the ring area, and got access to all other locations.
Even got to backstage and the dressing rooms. We got to see who the nak muay get ready for the fight. Most of them are very young boys, coming from all areas of Thailand, trying to make a name and become famous. There is quite some money into this national sport. Boys start training at very early age, I mean today we saw fighters from 11 years old on.
Here I am getting my present. A traditional Muay Thai Boxing short, so watch out Thailand and Bangkok, you might see me tomorrow running along the Chao Phraya River as a local version of Rocky, training for next Sunday’s fight.
Special THANKS to the fantastic team of Concierges at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok, for arranging this and coming along with me. We all had a blast indeed. For those looking a different experience of Bangkok, my friend Wirachai (in the photo on orange shirt) is the guy who can grant you access to anything and everything in town. Muay Thai at Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok , a true taste of real Bangkok, should not miss it. CM