Thai Boxing Ceremony Attracts Global Audience
The recent World Wai Khru Muay Thai 2018 ceremony attracted over 1,800 visitors, from more than 60 countries across the globe. Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the event helps ensure the preservation of Thailand’s highly-popular national sport for the enjoyment of future generations. This year’s event marks the 14th occasion of its kind.
The event was held in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya from 16th – 17th March. Visitors paid homage to a selection of esteemed Muay Thai teachers as part of the celebration.
Thai boxing is a popular pursuit for many overseas visitors on holiday in the Kingdom, where they are seasoned fighters or are just learning the ropes in the sport. As well as being an intensely physical pursuit, Thai boxing is also a popular activity with those looking to immerse themselves in the country’s traditional culture.
Tourist hotspot islands like Koh Samui and Phuket are home to a selection of high-quality Muay Thai gyms where visitors can book drop-in sessions or enrol in intensive training camps. Phuket’s Tiger Muay Thai centre in Patong is one of the island’s leading establishments. The centre boasts a staff of 34 exceptional Muay Thai coaches and offers workshops catering to a mixed range of abilities. Sinbi Muay Thai, near Nai Harn beach, is another of Phuket’s popular Muay Thai establishments, with some of the sessions led by former fighting professionals.
Koh Samui is also home to its fair share of high quality Muay Thai training centres, including the Jun Muay Thai Camp in Lamai Beach. They offer training sessions for visitors from the age of 10-years-old and above, so the whole family can learn the combat techniques of Thai boxing together. Morning sessions take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and afternoon sessions take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Chaweng’s Superpro Samui Muay Thai training camp also offers intensive two-hour workshops for those that want to master the basics of this fascinating martial art.
For those who want to learn more about the sport without getting involved with the boxing itself, there’s also a number of spectator events that should be on your Thailand to-do list. Koh Samui’s Chaweng Stadium hosts two tournaments a week, starting from 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday. In Phuket, Patong Boxing Stadium is the place to be. This venue puts on two types of Muay Thai events, one of which features choreographed fights as opposed to more authentic ones. It’s worth double checking your tickets when you purchase to make sure yours is to the event you want to see.