Muay Thai in Bangkok–Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
Bangkok is one of the top destinations for Singaporeans. There have been countless reviews of things to do, places to go, food to try. In our last visit, we tried to cram in all and there was one MUST DO for all when you are in Bangkok. Go for a full Muay Thai Fight Night at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. Fights are on every TUESDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY at 8 p.m.
I must state first that I’m not a Muay Thai fan. I mean, I’ve not even watched a match before this trip! But this is one huge martial art from Thailand and it makes sense to watch it live where it all began! It’s also different from the free fights that shopping malls show case in their arena. This is the real deal!
The show starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. This is my view from my ‘tourist price” seat:
About tickets. Do NOT get your tickets from the hotel. There is a mark-up because they get a good commission for it. We went to the stadium (Via train. Easy-peasy) and there were MANY touts with various coloured vests outside the stadium. Each colour represented a ticketing company. Each company is allocated seats in the stadium. It’s quite safe to say that it doesn’t matter which company you buy from, cos all seats are quite good.
As the entire night is very good, I would recommend staying for the entire duration. That means sitting seats rather than standing. (it seems standing places are only for Thais at special local prices).
Btw, the local crowd at the standing area is entertainment on its own. They are loud and as there are some form of betting going on, they get very excited cheering on their fighter. It adds tremendously to the electrifying atmosphere in the stadium!
When you get tickets, the sales ‘consultant’ will quote 2000thb per seating ticket. We were deciding between sitting or standing, and suddenly, the lady offered us 3500thb for two tickets. That’s when we realised the tickets are not at fixed price!! Alas, we couldn’t bring it down further. 🙂
Now, in the stadium, it’s clean and brightly lit. Not dingy at all. I saw some interesting signs:
Naturally, I didn’t go anywhere close to the stage!
During the night, there were 10 fights in total. Throughout, you can order beer at very cheap prices, and snacks. It was really very much like watching any sporting event! The matches are all very exciting, and out of 10, we watched 6 which ended a knockout. So that’s much action!!
I’m leaving you with a short video (6 secs!) of a Muay Thai knockout. Enjoy!
Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is located opposite Lumpini MRT station. You need to walk down the street, and walk across via a overhead bridge. It’s a 10 min leisure stroll to the stadium.
Sounds like a fun night, I have never seen boxing live.
Yes, those were interesting signs. I've never been to a boxing match. I'm not sure if I would enjoy it or not. I think I'd cringe with every blow.
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Sounds fun. But I think it is funny the signs were addressing the ladies and not the men also.
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I'm personally not a fan of boxing, but my Mom loves watching it with my brother who is a huge fan.
Those signs were pretty sexist! What about the men? ~lol~
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My sons would love to watch this but I'm a little weary of letting them go to a live event.
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so…women can't touch anything that is sacred? Interesting.
The hotels are looking to get a commission at the stake of the tourists? That seems to be universal 🙂
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What a fun place to visit. Pretty crazy that women aren’t allowed to touch the stage though. Never heard of something like that.
Hmm the sign caught my attention – cultures are so different – interesting fact that they consider the boxing ring a sacred ground. We learn new things everyday – thanks for this bit of knowledge.
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Looks like a fun place to visit!
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Oh wow that sounds like quite the interesting evening. Do you know the tradition behind those signs?
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It's interesting how popular the sport is. I have to admit that I simply couldn't watch though! I'm too weak stomached!
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I've never heard of Muay Thai – I am not terribly knowledgeable when it comes to all of the martial arts. Sounds like you had a great time, and I'm glad you didn't touch the stage… who knows what would have happened. 🙂
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I'm pretty shocked at those signs. It's kind of funny though too!
I think it would be so interesting to see Muay Thai in person.
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