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A unique form of boxing it is only now gaining recognition worldwide, its popularity is unmistakable with "live" television coverage at least three times a week. Thai boxing is an unique experience, which every visitor ought to see at least once during their time in Thailand. It is not just the boxing but the rituals, which accompany the bouts, which make it an exciting spectacle. Before the fights begin each boxer goes through a pre-fight routine which is a form of homage to their teachers. During the fight music is served up by specialized musicians. Attention of the audience though is focused on what is happening in the ring for Thai-style boxing not only allows the contestants to fight with their hands but also the feet, knees, elbows and practically any other part of the body. Each bout lasts usually for 5 rounds of three minutes duration.
In Bangkok there are two main stadiums. Lumpini Stadium located in Rama IV road, near Lumpini Park.
Programs are run every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., and an afternoon performance on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tel: 252-4303 or 252-8756 for further details. Rajdamnern stadium located in Rajdamnern Avenue Programmes is run on Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Sunday, with a matinee on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tel: 281-4205 or 282-4719 For details.
Seats cost from 150 bath to 500 bath for ringside seats depending on the program. Bring This Magazine