Muay Thai boxing is the de facto national sport in Thailand and probably one of its most famous exports. The muay Thai practiced today has evolved from the hand-to-hand muay boran fighting techniques practiced by Siamese soldiers more than 200 years ago. Muay Thai fighters utilise their fists, elbows, shins and knees in combat. This plus the fact muay Thai boxers are lighter on their feet and quicker than the average light or heavyweight boxers makes for an exciting spectator sport.
For many international visitors to Thailand, taking in a muay Thai fight is an essential experience. Many even undergo training at one of the nation’s muay Thai gyms. Chiang Mai has a number of gyms at which visitors are able to take Muay Thai training courses as well as stadiums where muay Thai exhibition boxing fights are staged. The What’s Up recommended the best stadiums to watch Muay Thai fights are shown below.
Last Updated: November 2018
Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium is a purpose built facility which stages professional muay Thai fights three evenings per week. Illustrious boxers to have graced the ring at this stadium include Gussakon Noi, Mahamonkon and Tanapet. Seats at this venue come with higher price tags than the other boxing stadiums in Chiang Mai. The stadium is located in the Chang P้huak area of the city and about 500 metres from the Mercure Hotel.
Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium: #177, Chang Phueak Rd., T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-23:30 (Mon-Sat) | Ticket Prices: 600-1,500 B | Tel: +66 82 416 5959, +66 89 565 4693 | Website | E-mail
Due to a central location on Moon Muang Road and a stone’s throw from Thapae Gate, Thaphae Boxing Stadium is the venue most visitors choose to take in muay Thai fights. Seasoned pros and novices fight here in exhibition bouts. Spectators are able to order alcoholic and soft drinks at this stadium.
Thapae Boxing Stadium: #1, Moon Muang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 21.00-23:30 (Mon-Sat) | Ticket Prices: 400 B; 600 B | Tel: +66 089 434 5553, +66 81 164 8784
The indoor stadium at the Loi Kroh Entertainment Centre has a long been a favourite with nightowls visiting Chiang Mai. The advantage of taking in muay Thai fights here is the option of being able to enjoy a drink at one of the many bar beers in the complex, shoot some pool and chat with friendly female and ladyboy hostesses. Boxing bouts are staged almost every evening from 21:00 onwards. [Read more about the Ladyboys in Chiang Mai]
Loi Kroh Boxing Stadium: #96-98, Loi Kroh Rd., Soi 3, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 21:00-00:00 (Tue-Sat) | Ticket Prices: 400 B; 600 B | Tel: +66 85 870 6980, +66 85 867 1819, +66 89 755 9884