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 Phuket, we would recommend seeing at least one Thai boxing match. For the most exceptional experience, choose one of the best places to watch Muay Thai fights in Phuket.
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.
Best places to watch Muay Thai in Phuket
In this article, you will discover the best places to see Muay Thai fights in Phuket, where you will enjoy a true professional match and understand more about this part of Thai culture during your trip to Thailand.
1. Patong Boxing Stadium
Patong Boxing Stadium is the main Muay Thai boxing venue in Phuket and also the biggest Muay Thai stadium of Southern Thailand. The boxing stadium is located on Sainamyen road in Patong Beach of Phuket. At Patong Boxing Stadium you will be amazed by the vibrant atmosphere in the arena, and enjoy the matches that start with enthusiastic youth fighters from the age of 10 and continues with professional male and female fighters from Thailand and abroad. There are 6 fights every night.
You can choose from the stadium and ringside seats at Patong Boxing Stadium to gain a first-hand experience of Thai popular culture. Ringside seats offer unobstructed views of the fighters, and stadium seats offer an authentic experience, where you will sit amongst the locals, betting on their favorites.
Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday night from 21:00 to 23:00
1,500 THB for Stadium Seat
1,800 THB for Ringside Seat
Book tickets here: Muay Thai Match Tickets at Patong Boxing Stadium
Find discounted tickets here: Muay Thai Match at Patong Boxing Stadium
Address: Patong Boxing Stadium, 2 59 Sainamyen Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket
2. Bangla Boxing Stadium
Bangla Boxing Stadium is Phuket's famous boxing stadium assembling fighters from all over the world to compete in Thailand's national sport Muay Thai boxing. At Bangla Boxing Stadium you can witness authentic Muay Thai fights featuring talented fighters who have trained for years in this ancient martial art. You'll be amazed at the pace of the sport with men and women fighters using not just their fists, but also elbows, knees and feet to trick and beat their opponent.
At the Bangla Boxing Stadium, you'll have a front-row seat to the action, surrounded by a passionate crowd that adds to the excitement. Feel the adrenaline rush as the fighters enter the ring, perform traditional rituals, and demonstrate their mastery of this dynamic combat sport. If you are looking for some evening entertainment or just want to get the complete experience when in Phuket, Muay Thai fights at Bangla Boxing Stadium should certainly be high on your itinerary. Located in the heart of Patong, Bangla Boxing Stadium stages fights three nights a week, with 8 fights on the event.
Bangla Boxing Stadium was originally located on Bangla Road. A few years ago they moved to the new stadium, which is found at the back of Jungceylon shopping mall, on the opposite side of Banzaan Fresh Market.
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 21:00 to 23:50 (door open at 20:00)
1,600 THB for Stadium Seat
2,000 THB for VIP Ringside Seat
Stadium entrance tickets can be booked here: Tickets to Bangla Boxing Stadium
Find discounted tickets here: Muay Thai Match at Bangla Boxing Stadium
Address: Bangla Boxing Stadium, 74/21 Soi Banzaan, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket
3. Rawai Boxing Stadium
Rawai Boxing Stadium is the venue at Rawai Muay Thai Boxing Camp in Rawai Beach area of Phuket. Here you can observe the boxers as they show off their skills and techniques, which took years to master. The best way to experience this is to be as close to the fight as possible so that you can really feel the excitement. There are 8 fights on the event at Rawai Boxing Stadium.
Schedule: Friday, from 21:00 to 23:50
1,300 THB for Stadium Seat
1,800 THB for Ringside Seat
2,200 THB for VIP Sofa
Book discounted tickets here: Muay Thai Fight at Rawai Boxing Stadium
Address: Rawai Muay Thai Boxing Camp, 43/8 Moo 7, Viset Rd, Rawai, Amphoe Muang, Phuket
Where to learn Muay Thai in Phuket
You can learn the basics of Muay Thai, Thailand’s traditional combat sport, while in Phuket. 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:
Muay Thai in Thailand
If during your Thailand trip you will spend some time in Bangkok, consider also watching Muay Thai in Bangkok as oldest and largest Thai boxing venues are found in the capital city.
Several Thai boxing stadiums are located in the nearby Krabi province (Ao Nang and Koh Lanta), providing plenty of options to see Muay Thai in Krabi as well.
When traveling on the Gulf of Siam coast, you can choose to watch Muay Thai in Koh Samui.
There are also plenty of Thai boxing stadiums in Northern Thailand, giving you an opportunity to watch Muay Thai in Chiang Mai.
Experiencing Muay Thai in Pattaya is also an option, even if Thai boxing venues in Pattaya are mainly focused on serving tour groups.