Without a doubt, Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is the number one national sport in Thailand and part of Thai culture. On your upcoming trip to Bangkok, we would recommend seeing at least one Thai boxing match. For the most exceptional experience, choose one of 8 best places to watch Muay Thai fights in Bangkok.
According to historical records, Muay Thai martial arts appeared in the Middle Ages when the fighting had the use of swords, bows and arrows. In Thailand, this martial art began to be sent to the army to train soldiers on the orders of King Nareusan during 1555-1605. He was one of the bravest warriors of the country at the time and helped Muay Thai to become famous.
An official match of Muay Thai must not exceed 5 rounds, each round up to 3 minutes. Two fighters wear blue or red pants. They are not allowed to wear shoes but have bandages around their feet.
In this article, you will discover the best places to see a Thai boxing fight in Bangkok, where you will enjoy a true professional match and understand more about this part of Thai culture during your trip to Thailand.
1. Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
As one of the largest Muay Thai stadiums in Bangkok, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is considered the heart of Muay Thai, where all professional fighters aspire to fight every day.
Operated by the Thai Army on behalf of the government, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is located outside the city center, close to Don Muang Airport. It is officially called Lumpinee's New Boxing Stadium because it was moved from its original location, next to Lumphini Park, a few years ago, although many local people still call it by its short name.
Tickets for foreigners at this Thai boxing stadium range from 1,000 THB to 2,000 THB. The matches take place on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the best fighters often taking part in the round on Tuesday. You will see between 8 and 10 battles on one night, which should last for two or three hours. As always, the best fights are left until the end. You can see the program and updated prices on Lumpinee’s official website.
Schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays at 18:30, Saturday at 17:00
Ticket price: Normal seats cost 1,000-2,000 THB, although there are also slightly cheaper seats on the upper floors
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Address: New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, 6 Ramintra Rd, Khwaeng Anusawari, Khet Bang Khen, Bangkok
How to get there: Lumpinee Stadium is located on the outskirts of Bangkok, about a 30-minute drive from downtown Bangkok in the direction of Don Muang Airport. So far there is no metro or skytrain going all the way, so the best way for reaching Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is to take a taxi. If you want to save some money, you can go by Bangkok BTS to Mo Chit station and catch the taxi from there. The journey should cost 200 THB maximum.
2. Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium
Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium is one of two most famous Muay Thai venues of Bangkok. It is the oldest and more prestigious boxing stadium in Thai capital, opened in 1945. Commonly called by its abbreviation, Radja, it is the second largest boxing stadium in Thailand. Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium is a real institution for boxers where many champions of Muay Thai have done their classes.
One of the best things about this stadium is that it is very close to the old city, Khao San Road and the Chao Phraya River, making it more accessible for tourists, especially the ones staying on city’s most famous backpacker street.
This Thai boxing stadium is also the only place to go if you want to watch a fight between female fighters as Lumpinee Stadium only organizes fighting between men. You can see the program and updated prices on stadium’s official website rajadamnern.com.
Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 17:00 to 22:00
Ticket price: 1,000 THB in 3rd class, 1,500 THB in 2nd class and 2000 THB in 1st class at the edge of the ring. Note that prices can go up to 3,000 THB on large posters.
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Address: Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium, 1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok
How to get there: For getting to this stadium it is best to take a taxi, as most of Bangkok taxi drivers will know it. If you are staying far away, you can save on taxi fare by going to National Stadium BTS Skytrain station and taking a taxi from there.
3. Channel 7 Boxing Stadium
In the past, Channel 7 Boxing Stadium used to be a local secret venue with tickets, but now it also attracts a large number of tourists to watch Muay Thai. The stadium is located in Chatuchak, near Bangkok Northern Bus Station and the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Channel 7 Boxing Stadium holds six matches attended by professional fighters of all ages. The battles take place only on Sunday, starting shortly after 14:00. The fighting session lasts about two and a half hours, since there are several fights. It is also possible to walk outside and see how boxers prepare.
We recommend arriving a little later than noon on any Sunday, as the area will almost certainly be packed since it does not cost money.
There is also the area that is designated for foreigners. Otherwise, you can pay only 300 THB to get yourself a plastic chair as a VIP seat! However, be sure to respect the dress code with no shorts, no sandals or flip-flops and sleeveless T-shirts.
If you cannot go to the venue, you can watch Muay Thai fights live on television. The matches are filmed and broadcasted on Channel 7.
Schedule: Sunday, starting at 14:00
Ticket price: Free admission for standing, 300 THB for seating
Address: Channel 7 Boxing Stadium, 998/1, Phahon Yothin, Khwaeng Chom Phon, Khet Chatuchak, Bangkok
How to get there: For getting to this Muay Thai stadium, you can take Bangkok MRT to Chatuchak station or BTS to Mo Chit station and walk from there in less than ten minutes or ask the motorbike taxi to take you to Channel 7 studios for 20 THB.
4. Muay Thai Live Show at Asiatique Bangkok
If you are interested in this martial art, you can visit the Muay Thai Live Show at Asiatique during your trip to Thailand. The Muay Thai Live Show is an exciting and wonderful entertainment program for anyone who wants to gain a deeper insight into Thai culture. This show takes place at the Modern Stage Theater with a capacity of 600 seats. The 90-minute performance was directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham, the world famous director with the award-winning film Beautiful Boxer and the hit musical Chang and Eng Bunker.
The stories of Muay Thai Live begin in the ancient Siam region, where traces of this ancient martial art are found. As well as the usual types of performances at the theater, this program also has a male protagonist, series of male villains, beautiful girls and drunken village boys. You will also see firsthand fights that are only a few meters from your seat. All the performances here are staged, but the punches, kicks, lifting and throwing opponents to the ring are based on real attacks, without special techniques.
Schedule: starting at 20:00, from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)
Ticket price: 1,200 THB
Book discount ticket here: Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives Ticket
Address: Asiatique The Riverfront, 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Bangkok
How to get there: For getting there, it’s best to take BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station and then transfer to the free boat at the end of the pier that will take you to Asiatique.
5. Siam Boxing Stadium
Located in the neighboring Samut Sakhon province, Siam Boxing Stadium is also known as the Omnoi Stadium. It's a smaller venue where you get to experience watching Muay Thai fights with locals. The stadium was originally the first Thai boxing stadium to have a female commentator. However, there are a large number of professional fighters here, including Muay Thai fighters from abroad. It is easier to see the knockout matches here, in part because of the heavier weight of the competitors. Moreover, the tickets here are more affordable than in other stadiums, so you can visit Siam Boxing Stadium to watch a professional Muay Thai match at good price.
Siam Boxing Stadium fights are broadcasted live on Channel 3 of Thai television.
Schedule: Sunday at 11:00
Ticket price: 300-500 THB
Address: Siam Boxing Stadium, 74 Moo 12, Soi Phet Kasem 87, Om Noi, Samut Sakhon
6. MBK Fight Night
Perhaps less authentic than the stadiums mentioned above, MBK Center is a gigantic shopping center, where you can find everything, including high-end products. This is also good place to see free Muay Thai fights. Now there are monthly Thai Boxing matches at MBK shopping center. This place often attracts a large audience so the atmosphere is very bustling and you can watch great women's matches.
Schedule: At 18:00, once a month (previously every week). To know their schedule, you can refer to the information directly on their official FB Page MBK Fight Night.
Ticket price: Free admission
Address: MBK Center, Rama 1 Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok
How to get there: You can take BTS to National Stadium station
7. MX Muay Xtreme
If you want to find the energetic place to see Muay Thai in Bangkok, go to MX Muay Xtreme to enjoy the battles. This place attracts the younger generation of Thailand.
MX Muay Xtreme has its own rules as some Muay Thai traditions here have been replaced, such as the use of modern music and colorful entrance, and it's quite common to see Thais fighting against foreigners. MX Muay Xtreme does not use big size gloves like other places, but only 6 oz size gloves (quite light and small gloves), so the rate of knockouts here is very high. There is often a lot of blood, injuries (fake or real) and knockouts. MX Muay Xtreme is a weekly show that is also broadcasted on TV.
Schedule: starting at 20:30 every Friday night
Ticket price: Free admission
Address: GMM Grammy Place, Sukhumvit 21 Road (Asoke), Bangkok
How to get there: You can take BTS to Asok Station or MRT to Sukhumvit station and walk 15 minutes to the GMM Grammy building
8. Rangsit Boxing Stadium
Rangsit Boxing Stadium is located in the neighboring province of Pathum Thani, which also has a large shopping center Future Park and Dream World amusement park. This is more like a traditional Thai boxing stadium in Bangkok. The stadium has two rounds of fights, one for male fighters and one for female opponents.
The matches are held on Friday night, starting at 18:00 and live streaming on True4U Channel. There are young people and beginners on Sundays at noon (no broadcast), and professional fights on Sunday at 16:00, broadcasted on Channel 5. Fares vary depending on the day and whether male or female fighters are boxing.
Schedule: starting at 18:00 on Friday and at 16:00 on Sunday
Ticket price: 100-200 THB
Address: 323 Phahonyothin Rd, Tambon Prachathipat, Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani
Where to learn Muay Thai
You can learn the basics of Muay Thai, Thailand’s traditional combat sport, while in Bangkok. This is an experience not to be missed. These classes are suitable for both beginner and intermediate participants, with an option for a private class available: