Muay Thai is one of the most famous traditions from Thailand that went global. Through movies in particular, the old Thai Boxing became popular and is still extremely followed in Bangkok. You’ll easily see people in the streets watching the matches when they happen, but it’s something completely different to attend an evening of Muay Thai. The atmosphere is crazy and it is always one of the most requested activity for tourists who spend a few days in Bangkok.
Unfortunately the information is not completely clear on how the things are organized and where you need to go to attend. Depending on the day you want to go, you will need to go to different places as there are 2 main stadiums to go.
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
The Lumpinee Boxing Stadium used to be located in Lumpinee and kept the name even if they moved it far away. It is now located in Don Mueang, near the Don Mueang Airport. You’ll likely need a taxi to get there and you’ll need time as the traffic there on friday nights is pretty intense.
The boxing evenings are usually on, on the tuesday, friday and saturday evenings. Please check the schedule on the official site to make sure you’re not going for nothing. Different tickets are available depending on where you want to sit, and you will need to pay more if you’re non-thai. The price is quite high (from 1000thb) but it lasts all the evening… more than 3 hours.
It’s possible to go there and to come in taxi. It’s usually the best way to move from and to the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.
The other option in Bangkok for Muay Thai is Rajadamnern, located near Wat Saket (the Golden Mount). Rajadamnern proposes events on mondays, wednesdays, thursdays and sundays, so basically you have the opportunity to watch Muay Thai every day between the 2 stadiums.
Prices go from 1000thb and goes up to 2000thb for the ring side seats.
Rajadamnern is smaller thant Lumpinee, but is very authentic and has seen countless of competitions of Muay Thai. You can get all the information here.
Thais LOVE Muay Thai. You’ll quickly see that they really engage with the fights, bet on the results and cheer on big hits. It’s pretty intense as the fights are also beginning with dance ceremonies and traditional music played live.
If you’re curious, that’s an experience I’d definitely recommend.