Patong Boxing Stadium
Martial Arts in Thailand
The Eastern end of Asia is renowned for its spectacular martial arts and artistic self-defense mechanisms. In Thailand the sport of Muay Thai takes the spotlight and is a must-see for anyone visiting the country.
Patong Boxing Stadium
Muay Thai is an old and an exciting type of martial art that dates back to the 15th century. For a wholesome Muay Thai tour, visit the Patong Boxing Stadium in Phuket where the fierce kicks, punches, artful feints, crushing elbow strikes can get you crying ‘ouch’. You may have watched it before on TV but at the boxing stadium the experience is absolutely different and far more riveting than the 2D blows you see on TV.
Thai Boxing, despite being aggressive is the real deal if you are into watching a fight. The best part about watching the fight at the Patong Boxing Stadium is all the passion and drama you experience with the crowd that is mostly a result of the loud cheers from enthusiastic onlookers that blend in with the high pitches of the Javanese Clarinets, finger cymbals and drums. The wild musical you will experience coupled with the heated environment and the ceremonial beginning of each match certainly gives boxing a whole new and different vibe without the primary essence of the fight being lost.
You may have already witnessed other Muay Thai fights at the various boxing rings around the bars of Phuket and other tourist hotspots. However, the action at these places is more tourist-friendly and is often staged or dramatized. At Patong Boxing Stadium you know you're getting the real deal. The only thing that's fake about this place is the gold jewellery and designer handbags on display in the crowd.
Seat Prices at Patong Boxing Stadium
Seat prices vary, with the most expensive ones right next to the ring where you’ll feel up close and personal with the boxers. Prices also differ between each day, as sometimes you'll only be watching lower profile games with just one or two thousand Thai Baht at stake for the fighters. However, the stadium frequently holds higher profile matches in which fighters can be competing for national and international titles with hundreds-of-thousands of Thai Baht at stake. Expect inevitably higher prices for these sorts of matches.
Despite the heated atmosphere in the stadium, it is cooled down (to a certain degree) by the big wall fans throughout. The 350 capacity stadium also has big TVs to get the crowd pumped up for the next match. You’ll also find the the usual bars and snack shops what often a bit of rest bite from the intense atmosphere in the stadium.
For a first-timer to a boxing stadium, it might be a little difficult to understand what exactly is going on - and who is winning more to the point. Fortunately, there is expert English Language commentary which you can hear over the loudspeakers during many fights to keep you in the know.
Finding Patong Boxing Stadium
The Patong Boxing Stadium is located on Sai Namyen Road, a short drive or walk from Patong Beach Road and conveniently near Patong Hospital for those fighters that have taken a bit of a beating.