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Posted by Heliocentrism on March 7, 2010

March 4, 2010

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Thai Boxing

At first I didn’t want to see any Muay Thai matches. I’m not a big fan of violence, especially needless violence done for the entertainment of others. But Muay Thai is a part of Thai culture and I’m here to learn about Thai culture. So I went with Mark and Taryn to see a fight.

Thai Boxing

It wasn’t quite what I expected. There was an image in my head of two blood thirsty men wailing on and kicking each other in the face relentlessly; not stopping until blood poured out of one or the other’s head like a faucet.  Maybe one or two fighters would cheat and try to get in a few cheap punches. Curses and insults would be yelled out at the fighter from their opponents’ fans. In the worst case scenario, one coach might sneak poison into the water bottle of the other fighter.

Boxing fans

But the  boxers were very cordial to each other. They fought with the attitude of two good friends playing chess. In one match the blue fighter swung a hard punch to hit his red opponent. He missed because the red boxer ducked just in time to avoid the blow.  The force of the missed punched cause the blue fighter to swing around. The quick thinking red opponent use the opportunity to get in a good kick to the blue fighter’s back. The blue guy staggered for a moment. When he caught his balance again, he motioned to the red boxer, “That was a good one!”

After each fight and some rounds, Taryn noticed that they seemed to be joking with each other. My guess is that they probably all train together and have been doing so for years. They might have all been friends and fighting comrades since childhood.

a photo from the concession stand

For the record, there was only one bloody nose. The boxer managed to stop the bleeding and was able to get on with the fight.

The most entertaining part of a Muay Thai match is the coaches and trainers… and whatever fan or passerby that wanted to animatedly give his or her two cents.

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Thailand
(ราชอาณาจักรไทย)
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
  • Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.

Silom
(สีลม)

How to get there:

Website

Notes:

  • Silom is a street that goes through the tourist area of Bangkok, one of the many districts in Bangkok.
  • If you walk the length Silom street, you will find all the backpackers in Bangkok, well most of them at least.
  • Along Silom road there are many swanky shops and hotels.
  • The hostels are on intersecting streets and alleys.

Oriental Pier (N1)

How to get there:

  • 13°43’15.4″N 100°30’46.5″E

From the  Chao Phraya River (แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา) –

  • Take a boat and ask for N1.

From Silom Street –

  • Head west to the end of the street.
  • When you come to the end of the street make a right on Charoen Krung (ถนนเจริญกรุง). This would mean that you are now heading northish.
  • Walk past Assumption College.
  • Then turn left on Soi Charoen Krung 40. It is the first street that goes all the way to the river.

Phone:

  • 02-623-6001-3

Website

Downloads:

  • Map1
  • Map2 Stops and tourist attractions
  • Map3 Tourist Ferry Map
  • Map4 the best ferry map you’ll find

Cost:

  • Very cheap. Normally about 12-30THB for a ride.

Hours:

  • about 04:30 – 21:30 everyday depending on the stop
  • Timetable

Notes:

  • Riding the ferry is a very cheap and easy way to go short distances near central Bangkok.
  • It’s not that great, however, during rush hour or for very long distances.

Phra Sumen Fort
(Pom Pra Sumen)

How to get there:

  • 13°45’50.4″N 100°29’44.5″E

By boat –

  • Go to Phra Athit (N13) Pier.
  • Head straight to Thanon Phra Athit (street)
  • then take a left.

Address: 

Thanon Phra Athit
Chana Songkhram, Bangkok 10200

Cost:

  • Free.
  • You cannot enter the fort. You can only look at it from the outside.

Hours:

  • Always available. You cannot enter the fort. You can only look at it from the outside.

Notes:

  • This fort was built back in 1783 during the reign of King Rama I.
  • There isn’t much to do here but walk by and look at it, since it seems to be closed to the public.

Muay Thai
(Thai Boxing)
(มวยไทย)

How to get there:

There are many stadiums in which to view Muay Thai. We went to Rajadamnern Stadium (สนามมวยราชดำเนิน), but if we were patient we could had seen a fight for free.

Here is a list of the Stadiums and their websites (if any):

Address: For Rajadamnern Stadium

Rajadamnern Nok Rd.
Pompab Satroo pai
Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Phone:

  • 66 (0) 2281 4205,
  • 66 (0) 2280 1084

Website

e-mail: info@rajadamnern.com

Cost:

  • 1,000 (3rd class) – 2,000 (ring-side) THB

Hours:

  • M, W, Th 18:30-23:00
  • Su 17:00 – 20:00 & 20:30 – 0:00

Notes:

  • When you go to buy tickets, if you’re not getting free ones, someone will tell you that the price is double because tonight is the championship match. They might also say that tonight is the last fight of the season. This is utter nonsense. There is always some match going on. Besides what do you care whether you see a champion fight or some semi-pro sparring?
  • There are some travel agencies that will sell you tickets for the 1,000 (3rd class) – 2,000 (ring-side) THB. If you cannot find any of them* then go to the Holiday Inn on Silom and buy your tickets there. It is more expensive, but for the same price as being cheated, you get a free limo ride to stadium and then back to the Holiday Inn.
  • Personally I prefer to watch the kids fight. There is almost no blood when kids fight.

*We found one completely accidentally when we got lost and I have no idea where it is.

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