One of Thailand’s famous exports is the martial art of Muay Thai. In a very short amount of time, Muay Thai went from a fairly obscure style to one of the most notoriously lethal forms of combat.
Muay Thai is currently one of the most popular martial arts in the world and, when combined with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, results in the most common iteration of MMA (mixed martial arts). Although the world only heard about it recently, Muay Thai is part of Thailand’s heritage.
It is believed that this form of combat was born out of the conflict that took place in the 15th century with the Burmese. The most historically famous Thai boxer is ‘Nai Khanom Tom’ who supposedly defeated nine Burmese fighters in single-combat in a fight for his freedom.
Muay Thai boxing matches are a matter of national pride, and are definitely something you should experience on a visit to Thailand. If you’re staying at many of the boutique hotels in Phuket with examples such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, there’s bound to be an event taking place nearby.
There are many places in Phuket to indulge in some quality Muay Thai tournaments, such as Patong Boxing Stadium. The most famous Muay Thai stadium in the nation however, will always be Lumpini Boxing Stadium.