Being the National Sport in Thailand, Muay Thai, is a reverting, exciting, extremely challenging and expert sport. Thai Boxing has been popular from before the 18th Century. It was and is still regarded an honour to be a Muay Thai fighter, especially if you are a Lumpini or Ratchadamnoen Stadium Champion.
The Lumpini Stadium was opened in 1956 on the 8th of December, almost a decade after the establishment of the Ratchadamnoen Stadium. Managed by the Royal Thai Army, Lumpini Stadium holds Thai Boxing matches on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It is one of the very few places in Thailand where betting is allowed and the stadium crowds up with fans, spectators, gamblers – all of whom are ardent Thai Boxing followers.
The boxers differ from International boxers in that they are usually of a lighter weight category and also because Muay Thai Boxing allows eight points of contact with the opponent. Kneeing, elbowing, kicking as well as the traditional punching is allowed in this sport making it the sport of eight limbs. A typical match evening consists of ten matches each with five rounds which last three minutes. These three minutes are three of the fastest, power packed, enthralling, and adrenaline rushing minutes a participant or spectator will ever experience.
The continuous playing of traditional local music, the yells and cheers from the spectators all contribute towards the overall experience to be gained on a typical match day at the Lumpini Stadium.
Champions of this game are highly respected and Muay Thai Boxing is a preferred method of earning money in Thailand. The Lumpini Stadium provides all facilities for the boxers, their trainers and spectators.
For those visiting Thailand and wanting to get a taste of a truly local experience, a similar boxing bout at the Lumpini Stadium is a must. During your visit if you wish to have the luxury of comfort and privacy then opt for Bangkok serviced apartments which are fast becoming the popular accommodation choice for both businessmen and leisure travelers. If you are looking for Sukhumvit accommodation of this kind, then consider Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok with its luxurious amenities and well thought out facilities.
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