Muay Thai, Thailand’s National Sport

When visiting Bangkok hotels, many visitors will want to experience things that are native to the region. In addition to unique sights, sounds and tastes, Thailand also has its own national sport. While variations of this sport can be found in other parts of the world, Muay Thai is a distinctive combat sport native to the country.

Muay Thai is extremely popular in Bangkok and the King, himself, is often in attendance at one of the major boxing arenas found in the city. The arenas can be accessed by a number of different transportation methods and can offer visitors an unforgettable experience.

Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is a distinctive combat sport which has been popularized in movies and video games. While western boxing centers on the use of punches, a Muay Thai practitioner, known as a nak muay, will utilize punches, elbows, knees, kicks and clinches in their repertoire. This may seem a bit odd, at first, to many westerners but Muay Thai is an exciting sport that requires years of intense training and dedication. Many Muay Thai fighters begin training at a very young age.

Since Muay Thai kicks utilize the shin more than the foot, they will often spend a good deal of time increasing the strength of their shin bones by repeatedly striking hard objects. The training that a nak muay undergoes is one of the toughest and most rigorous training methods associated with any martial art.

Travellers can experience an authentic Muay Thai match at one of the big boxing arenas that can be found in the city of Bangkok. Two of the biggest are the Lumpini and Ratchadamneon boxing arenas with the Muay Thai championship being held at Lumpini. Anyone interested in sports of any kind should make sure to attend a match at one of these stadiums, both of which are easily accessed by public transportation.

Matches are held three days a week at each stadium and the cost of admission ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 baht which is roughly $30 and $60 US dollars respectively. With the growing popularity of combat sports such as MMA in the west, fans of this type of sport will be in for a real treat watching the intense and acrobatic art of Muay Thai. Visitors staying at the CityPoint hotel should be able to get a schedule of events from the concierge as well as directions to the stadium.

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