Where To Watch The Best Fights In Thailand
Muay Thai is Thailand’s most popular sport and, in my opinion, one of the best combat sports on the planet. The martial art was invented as a form of attack and defense in combat during the Sukhothai Kingdom (16th century). But now a cultural spectacle for locals and tourists with fights happening all over Thailand.
If you’re visiting Thailand, you have to watch the highest level Muay Thai in the world! Some fantastic venues are Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium (Most historical), The Lumpinee Stadium, The Channel 7 Stadium, The Thaphae Stadium, Bangla Boxing Stadium, Patong Boxing Stadium, and Max Muay Thai Stadium Pattaya.
Below I’ve listed the best stadiums in Thailand to watch the fights, plus where to learn Muay-Thai and a few other helpful tips while you’re in the land of smiles.
Stadiums In Thailand
Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium
If you’re after a piece of Thai history, then look no further! The Rajadannern was built in 1941 and has held boxing competitions ever since. You get the best fighters fighting with stacked cards with incredible technical kicks and elbows from an array of elite warriors. The venue itself is located in central Bangkok, attracting many tourists and ex-pats. Many female competitors have also fought on big cards, which is great to see.
You can find bouts starting at 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays! Tickets start from (1500 THB)
Address: 8 Thanon Ratchadamnoen Nok, เเขวง วัดโสมนัส, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, 10100, Thailand
The relatively new Lumpinee Stadium is right next to Don Muang Airport on the city’s outskirts. The Military manages the stadium, and some of the funding helps community projects within the army.
You find elite warriors here with stacked cards that flow throughout the evening. The energy raises the roof with a catalog of memorable battles over the years.
Fights take place Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday and usually start around 5pm. Ringside seats will cost 2,000 THB. For less expensive, you can sit up in the tiers.
Address: 6 Ram Inthra Road, Khwaeng Anusawari, Khet Bang Khen Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, 10220, Thailand
The Channel 7 Stadium
Perhaps the most sponsored stadium name ever is the Channel 7 Stadium (Named after TV broadcaster) which broadcasts its fights live on channel 7. The stadium is pretty popular with ex-pats & locals showing skirmishes on a Sunday from 2 pm. One of the great options about this venue is that it has a free entrance fee but don’t expect the most comfortable benches in the world. The atmosphere is impressive, though, with big turnouts from spectators. You can find it in Chatuchak, near the Northern Bus Station.
Address: 998/1, 998/1 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
The Thaphae Stadium
This stadium is a great place to watch old skool Muay Thai and is one of the most famous stadiums outside Bangkok. The stadium is found on Moonmuang Rd in Chiang Mai and has local spectators and foreign.
The stadium is intermediate but packs a great atmosphere with an authentic Muay Thai experience which some stadiums won’t give you. The fighters are of a decent caliber and fight for regional titles and cash prizes.
Your ticket will cost 400-600 THB! Also, you can have the option to upgrade your tickets to VIP for a few hundred more THB.
One of the best perks about this stadium is the bouts take place Mon-Sat every week from 9 pm! I find this particularly good for a night out with some fantastic restaurants to pick from in Chiang Mai.
Address: 319 Mun Mueang Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Bangla Boxing Stadium
If you’re visiting Phuket, you must go to Bangla stadium for a night out! The competition is decent, with an array of world-class gyms and MMA gyms in the area. You can find the stadium opposite Jungceylon shopping complex and enter through the backdoor of the mall.
The fights happen every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday with a different price list depending on where you’d like to sit (VIP is an option). The fighters are local and international also.
Address: 198/4 Ratautit Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand
Phone: +66 (0)89 726 1112
Max Muay Thai Stadium Pattaya
If you’re in Pattaya for a weekend, you should give this venue ago! The atmosphere is electric with an eager betting crowd and amazing matchups from locals to international fighters. The fights happen most nights, with kickboxers competing for the Max Muay Thai belt.
Expect to see the fighters performing their ritual Wai Khru ceremony before the fight, playing a kind of trumpet sound that’s high pitched and squeaky. The kickboxers are thanking their trainers and respecting Muay Thai culture.
The fighters pretty much get stuck in from the word go with only three, three-minute rounds with all different weights, sizes, and ages on display. The stadium also has a broadcast deal with Channel 8, which shows the fights live.
Prices: 1,500 , 2,000 THB
Address: Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya city. The address is 42/108 Sukhumvit Soi 42.
MBK Center/MBK Fight Night
MBK is better known for its retail heaven, with nearly everything on sale here! But the venue also hosts kickboxing once a month.
The bouts normally kick off around 6pm and also host female fights! Highly recommended if your in the area
Address: 444 Phaya Thai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Asiatique the Riverfront (Muay Thai)
Perhaps one of the most popular shows for tourists in Bangkok! The stadium has an amazing rustic feeling, making it more of an authentic experience.
The whole saga is theatre with stunt performers reacting to famous fights learning the way of the warrior! You get a feel for authentic Thai culture with unique techniques and choreography.
Tickets cost 1,200 THB with performances from Thursday to Sunday at 8pm. You will need to get a taxi boat to get there.
Address：2194 Charoen Krung Rd Bang Kho Laem Khet Bang Kho Laem Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120
Muay Thai Sunday
If you’re looking to watch live fights on TV, then look no further than Channel 8! The TV station is the flagship for covering Muay Thai with elite-level fighters from across the globe.
The show is called “8 Super Champ” and packs a punch with big characters, in-depth knowledge of Muay Thai, and fantastic production.
I find Sunday a great day to watch live performances, as it’s time to chill and relax. Again you can watch it on TV or the stadium on Khaosan Road (Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium)
Muay Thai Gyms and Lessons
While you’re in Thailand, it’s a great idea to do some training and keep yourself in shape. You have various options, from private classes to group sessions.
Southpaw by Galaxy Gym
Address: MGFW+R4R, Bang Phong Phang, Yan Nawa, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Phone: +66 96 945 8866
Watchara Muay Thai Gym
Address: 9 Sukhumvit 1 Alley, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 874 5566
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-12pm – 1:30pm- 3:30pm – 4pm-9pm
Sat – 10am-12pm – 2pm-8pm
Laks Thai in Bangkok
Address: 204 10-12 On Nut Rd, Phra Khanong Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 332 4899
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-8pm