Fight Night in Bangkok
Despite being a nation with a rich cultural and historical heritage, many tourists to Thailand fail to explore the cultural attractions of the country during their visit, choosing instead to live it up on the golden sandy beaches and the glitzy night clubs. However, rest assured that Thailand also has something in store for the traveler interested in discovering the local customs. Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing, one of Thailand’s most popular sports, is a great way to start.
Muay Thai has gained popularity worldwide as a martial art because of its powerful combat style and the ability of the athletes to maintain their body at its optimum function. The latter fact has also spawned the advent of the Muay Thai workout regime, where movement associated with the martial art is copied to formulate an interesting aerobic exercise.
Despite the glamour that is associated with Thai kickboxing and the celebrity lifestyles of champions, Muay Thai is a martial art that is almost as old as the country itself. The style developed over thousands of years ago to help Thai soldiers repel invasions from neighboring nations of Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Today, Muay Thai bouts attract thousands of spectators and fight nights in Bangkok rival the prize fights in the Vegas! The glaring floodlights, the screaming crowd and the determination of the fighters to triumph over each other make a night out at a boxing stadium an unforgettable experience.
A number of popular Muay Thai stadiums can be found in Bangkok and they usually feature big matches during the weekend. The best places to view fights are at the Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen stadiums that can be accessed by any centralized Bangkok hotel. The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is one of the luxury hotels in Bangkokthat offers travelers the convenience of being close to where the action is in the city as well as excellent accommodation options.
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.