Enjoy a stimulating evening of handsome guys in shorts kicking each other!
You have probably seen Muai Thai kick boxing on a small screen or a large one. However, it is a poor substitute to enjoying a ring-side evening in person. The youngest boxers begin the evening, which works up to a featured bout between local boxing stars. The ceremonies before each fight are unique to Thailand. The other onlookers are as fascinating as the matches. You will see passionate fans and a lot of money changing hands. You have not fully experienced Thailand unless you have attended Muai Thai kick boxing in Bangkok.
Thai people are mad for Muay Thai, their unique 17th century martial art of physical combat and spiritual training, as deeply rooted in Siam's culture as Sumo is in Japan. Thai kick boxing is famous around the world and local fans flock to fill stadiums around Bangkok for matches that are rarely attended by tourists. A real slice of Thai life!
Muay Thai's pre-fight homage, the Ram Muay and Wai Kru rituals, have their origin in both Buddhism and Animism. This magical and spiritual homage invokes the heart and soul of each fighter, protects the boxing ring from negative influences, and offers thanks to the fighter's trainers, family, country and protective spirits. The bout is accompanied by a musical quartet on traditional instruments, whose music often dictates the rhythm and speed of the fight.
Boxers believe in magic spirits and spells, as do most Thai people. Fighters are often have magical tattoos for good luck and sometimes even consult practitioners of the occult to seek advantage over their opponents. Young trainees go through an elaborate initiation ceremony to join the lineage of Muay Thai practitioners, who even include soldiers and royalty.
You leave your hotel with our guide in late afternoon to one of two boxing stadiums that are open on alternating days. Each stadium has seats at several different price levels. The cost of your ticket is not included in the tour price. Your private guide will help you decide which level to purchase (we recommend ringside), and translate for you during announcements and ceremonies.