The Art of Muay Thai for Self-Defence – Prepared to Face the Unexpected

If you’re a fan of the Karate Kid movies or even the Kung Fu TV series, you know that martial arts are not all about offence, but providing an ideal means of self-defence too. This is also true for the traditional Thai martial arts known as Muay Thai.

Be Prepared

In today’s day and age, you never know when you will face a situation where self-defence will come in handy, be it against one person or many. Muay Thai equips you with the skills to defend and attack if needed if ever you or someone you love is threatened.

Watching the Pros

Of course, to get an idea of the sheer power and skill involved nothing beats taking in a live Muay Thai fight in Bangkok; Rajadamnern Stadium about 20 minutes from Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is one of the most popular venues. If staying at a Siam hotel in Bangkok, you can also easily access the Lumpinee and Channel 7 stadiums for more action.

Why It Works

One of the reasons Muay Thai is so great for self-defence is because it employs a wide arsenal of “weapons”; your knees, elbows, fists and feet form eight points of contact which can be used in combination to keep attackers at bay. Elbow and knee strikes are particularly useful as are well-placed kicks.

Strength, Stamina and Self-Confidence

As you learn Muay Thai you improve your strength and stamina which also helps when you need to defend yourself. This, in turn, will invariably boost your self-confidence too, giving you a much-needed edge.


Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament – Gentle Giants in the Game

Watching sports is always an exhilarating experience, now; imagine watching your favourite animals play the same sport? Too cute to handle right, isn’t it? Elephant Polo games are the exact same.


Elephant polo is a kind of polo that is played while the player rides an elephant. The rules of the games are almost the same as the usual polo, but with a few added restrictions to make sure both the animals and players are safe during the game.


Elephant Polo was first played in Nepal, and even now, the Tiger Tops there is the headquarters of elephant polo and is also the location of the World Elephant Polo Championships.


Now, many places in South Asia conduct elephant polo tournaments too, and whether you are staying at a Siam hotel in Bangkok the likes of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel or a Nepali hotel, you can find a place to watch it close by.


The association has a few rules to the game, and they are extremely strict about following them as harming the animals in any way during play can have them banned by the animal welfare organisations. Because of some countries breaking the rules and being cruel to the elephants, the Guinness Book of World Records removed all elephant polo records off their books.


The New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium – The Heart of Muay Thai Boxing

The country of Thailand is known for many things and is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. With an intriguing history, the country has a vibrant culture that is born out of a rich history encompassing more than a thousand years. There’s a range of accommodation for visitors to Thailand to choose from ranging from budget options to a Sathorn Hotel Bangkok has to offer such as the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel.

Ever since the last decade, Thailand’s national combat sport, Muay Thai, has become one of its greatest exports and has taken the world by storm and is now practiced internationally. Known as the ‘art of eight limbs’ due to its utilisation of fists, knees, elbows and legs, the comprehensive combat-style has led to its fighters defeating many notable practitioners of various styles throughout the world.

If you’re in Thailand, the most renowned place to see some Muay Thai fights is the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, which is regarded as the prime platform for modern Muay Thai. The stadium holds fighting matches every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. This means that if you’re interested in experiencing a Muay Thai match, there’s plenty on offer at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

The prestigious venue was opened to the public on the 8th of December 1956, and is managed and maintained by the Royal Thai Army, or specifically its Army Welfare Department. The driving force behind the construction of the stadium was General Prapas Jarusatien. As a result of this, any profits from the fights go towards funding the army. Some of the most renowned fighters from around the world have fought in this stadium including the likes of John Wayn Parr, Rob Kaman and Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn. Dieselnoi is probably the most famous of fighters who reigned undefeated his entire career and was stripped of the title when he ran out of opponents.

If you ever find yourself in Thailand, this is definitely a place worth checking out.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.


Learn to surf in the centre of Bangkok – fun filled experience in the heart of Bangkok

Learn the art of surfing in the heart of Bangkok. A place frequented by locals and foreign visitors alike, the Flow House is considered as an urban beach club that offer the fun filled beach atmosphere to the city. The only one of its kind in Bangkok, visitors are given the opportunity to enter the facility free of charge and open daily from 10 am to midnight. Travellers touring Bangkok could find accommodation at a luxury resort Bangkok has in store and base their excursions from there. Resorts such as Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa are located in the vicinity of the Flow House.

The beach club gives amateurs & experienced surfers the chance to engage in surfing. A great hangout spot for everyone who wishes to just relax & spend a day with friends or family, delectable food and drinks are also available at the venue. An amalgamation of wakeboarding and surfing, the ramp with a thin sheet of paper simulate a breaking wave providing the adrenaline junkies the thrill they are seeking for. Practice those flicks & grabs and the children visiting the Flow House can jump straight in with a body board. Friendly staff at the venue is more than willing to help often correcting the posture & encouraging the riders. Most visitors who range from 8- 48 years could book the outlet for one hour or two where they can make the most of their experience flow riding with friends or a group of riders assigned during the session. After a fun filled session of flow riding you can dine at The Chang Surf Bar and savour Thai delights created by Chef Noi Tammasak or quench your thirst with beach cocktails, beer towers and make the most of daily promotions & happy hours. Spend an hour or two full of laughter, taking pictures creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.