The United States has football, Europe has soccer and Thailand has Muay Thai also known as Thai boxing. Muay Thai is by far Thailand’s favorite pastime and the record attendance and numerous followers will prove it. This sport is beloved all across the country including in the tourist rich island of Koh Samui.
The sport itself is as complex as contact sports get and while professionals have rated it amongst the most dangerous forms of martial arts, the grace, agility and physical capabilities the athletes display is both entertaining and impressive to watch.
When it comes to watching a live match of Muay Thai in Koh Samui the best place to do it is at Chaweng Stadium, in the immediate vicinity of Reggae Pub. This is the biggest venue for the sport, hosting all important fights to take place on the island.
Fights are scheduled twice a week there, once on Monday and again on Friday nights. During the peak of tourist season an addition Sunday fight is introduced to the venue. As for the fights themselves they generally start at around 21:00 pm and can last up to three hours. The night consists of up to 10 smaller fights that along with intermissions lead to the main event. If you just want to drop in for the main event try arriving around 22:00 – 22:30. The only problem with this approach is that you should already have your ticket or a reserved seat as the events tend to be sold out by that time.
The ambiance is very fun with a live commentator keeping the pace up during intermissions and Thai music giving it all a fun and authentic feel. You should know that the entire event is busy and noisy so don’t expect a quiet night out when attending. The matches are made up of both Thai and foreign fighters all of whom are competing at a professional level.
While some smaller venues and amateur fights might have free entrance, Chewang Stadium charges an entry fee which varies depending on how close to the ring your seats are.
Another great venue in Chaweng is the newer Phatchabuncha Stadium which is located extremely close to the Laem Din market.
Don’t worry about missing fight night or any big event for that matter as even average fights are highly advertised both online and with traditional methods such as posters, flyers and trucks with loudspeakers.