Muay Thai aka Thai Kick Boxing - Watch or Learn

Muay Thai - Kick BoxingMuay Thai aka Thai Kick Boxing is a world famous martial art. But no one seems to have been able to trace the historic origin. Muay Thai in its early forms was used in battle to supplement the sword and pike.

Muay Thai began as a sport in times of peace. But as in battle, Muay Thai was a deadly sport. Fighters wrapped their hands in hemp or leather thongs and fought with no time limits on rounds. The two warriors simply went at each other in a fury of flashing fists, knees, feet and elbows.

While Thai boxing may have mellowed, it is still a hard nosed style of personal combat and a very popular spectator sport in Thailand. Muay Thai gyms across Thailand accept novices at a very young age.

Muay Thai Boxing Stadiums in the Bangkok Area

Lumpini Stadium - Rama IV Road, Bangkok - Tel: 02 252-8765. Fight nights: Tuesdays and Fridays from 18:30, Saturday 17:00 - 20:00 and 20:30. Ticket prices: Bt 500, 1,000, 1,500 (ringside)

Ratchadamnoen Stadium - Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue - Tel: 02 281-4205. Fight nights: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, starting at 18:30. Ticket Prices: Bt 500, 1,000, 1,500 (ringside); special discount on Sunday nights

Channel 7 Stadium - Behind the old Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit), opp. Chatuchak Park, Bangkok - Tel: 02 272-0201. Fight Schedule: Sundays, from 13:45 and third Wednesday of each month starting at 12:00. Ticket prices: Free admission

Rangsit Stadium - 336/932 Prachathipat Road, Rangsit, Pathumthani. Tel: 02 992-0099. Fight nights: Wednesdays & Thursdays from 20:30. Ticket Prices: Bt 110 (women only), 220 . Rangsit is famous for international girl fights.

Samrong Stadium - Samrong Road, Samutprakarn - Tel: 02 393-3592. Fight nights: Fridays and Sundays, from 20:30. Ticket prices: 100 Baht for women, Bt 200 for men

Omnoy Stadium - 74 Moo 12 Tumbon Omnoy, Amphoe Krathumbaen, Samutsakorn - Tel: 02 420-4317. Fight schedule: Saturdays from 11:45. Tickets: Bt 200

International Stadium - Chachoengsao - 23/22 Moo 6 Thepkunakorn Road, Tumbon Sothorn, Amphoe Muang, Chachoengsao - Tel: 038 821-746-50. Fight schedule: Sundays, from 16:00 p.m. Tickets: Bt 200.

Quite a number of Muay Thai gyms and camps will accept westerners. For some, language will be a difficulty. Several of the more popular Muay Thai gyms have package programs for foreigners; complete with accommodations and meals.