January 11, 2016

Muay Thai Bangkok - The Wayfarer

One of the top things to do in Thailand is to watch a Muay Thai tournament.  It's highly skilled and respected and has gained status as the countries' national sport; it's a huge part of Thai culture that many travel far and wide to witness and even take part in.  Tournaments in Bangkok can be expensive but I am going to let you in on a little secret, I know a place in Bangkok that hosts weekly tournaments that are free to watch!

Muay Thai Bangkok - The Wayfarer

The free tournaments are held at the Channel 7 Stadium and are televised.  When I visited there were bright studio lights hanging from the ceilings and camera crew are in place to capture all of the action.  The tournaments take place every Sunday from 13.45 and every 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12.00.  I would suggest turning up an hour or so early to guarantee entry; it's particularly popular with young Thai men, bookies and tourists alike.  Standing entrance is free of charge and VIP seated entrance is 300 Baht (~ £6).  However this wasn't the case last year when I visited, as there was a segregated area where foreigners had the privilege of sitting down for free, however this has since changed.

Muay Thai Bangkok - The Wayfarer

When I visited, there were around 10-15 fights which went on for about two hours, so be prepared to get a numb-bum.  The fights went in ascending age order and to begin with the fighters looked pretty young.  It was exhilarating to watch and the fighters showed such incredible displays of strength and skill.  It's not hard to see why it is considered to be an art form. 
Muay Thai Bangkok - The Wayfarer
Muay Thai Bangkok - The Wayfarer

I would recommend everyone who visits Thailand to see a Muay Thai tournament at least once, especially considering that it's such a huge part of the culture.  It's easy to get to the BBTV Channel 7 Studios from Bangkok city centre via the BTS Skytrain to the Morchit stop, from which it's a short walk away.  

There's also the option of Fight Nights at the MBK Centre which are held on Wednesday evenings, which is also free.

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