Muay Thai may seem like a violent sport but learning it properly can be a fun and worthwhile experience. Many people, regardless of age or gender, turn to Muay Thai for self-defense. A typical Muay Thai boxing match usually starts with 2 fighters going through their spiritual wai khru (a ceremony to thank their revered teachers, spirits, boxing ring and the sport itself).

    The blaring sound of Thai classical instruments and the deafening cheering of ecstatic spectators in the stadium don't seem to distract the 2 'warriors'. Following the ritual, they go straight into Ram Muay, a dance where each boxer demonstrates his skills and style. These pre-match ceremonies are believed to bring good luck, protection, respect, and a fair and honorable fight to the boxers. Once all the formalities are out of the way, it's time for action.


    Where to learn Muay Thai in Bangkok

    If you're in or planning to be in Thailand, why not take lessons in Muay Thai's homeland? One of the best places to go is probably the Muay Thai Institute in Rangsit, located 17.5 km north of Don Mueang International Airport The institute preserves and promotes the art of Muay Thai by offering accredited training courses for boxers, instructors, and referees. You'll be learning from the best as the instructors are former champions who hold at least a bachelor's degree in physical education and speak good English. Graduates receive a certificate recognized by the Thai Ministry of Education and the World Muay Thai Council – a unique souvenir to take home.


    Luktupfah Muay Thai Camp

    Luktupfah Muay Thai Camp is quite far from Bangkok city center, so getting there can be a little inconvenient but this has the added benefit of keeping temptation at arm's length so you can focus on training. The trainers and staff are among the friendliest in Bangkok and, with many live-in students, the vibe is communal and fun.

    In the past, Luktupfah Muay Thai has welcomed the Lebanese Special Forces, the Vietnamese National Boxing Team, and many other government-sponsored groups. Several of the trainers were national Muay Thai champions. They speak basic English as well.

    Location: 15 On Nut 65 Alley, Lane 8, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6.30am to 7.30pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)86 101 4701

    Price: one daily session 400 baht, two daily sessions 600 baht, discounts available for weekly or monthly stays.


    Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy Bangkok

    Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy has earned many distinctions, which separates it from many fight camps in Bangkok. It's most famous thanks to the legendary status of Grand Master Toddy himself (Thohsaphon Sitiwatjana), who has been labeled ‘The Father of Muay Thai’ in England. He’s also renowned among the MMA community for training legends of the sport, including Randy Couture, Bob Sapp and Tito Ortiz.

    Location: 55/103-109 Sukhumvit 107, Soi Bearing 22, Bearing, Bangkok 10270, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7.30am to 9.30am and from 4pm to 6pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 743 3372


    Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives at Asiatique Bangkok is an exciting theatrical show combining entertaining performances with the ancient martial art of Muay Thai boxing. Great for theatre enthusiasts, families or just anybody wanting to get an exhilarating insight into Thai culture, this 90-minute show left us impressed and eager to get into the ring ourselves. This Bangkok show runs from Tuesdays to Sundays at The Stage, a modern 600-seater theatre within the excellent Asiatique The Riverfront.

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    Location: ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 8pm to 9.30pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 108 5999


    One of the best places to watch genuine Muay Thai in Bangkok is at New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, located in the northern suburbs of the city. The power and grace of the fighters is impressive, and bouts come thick and fast with around 20 separate fights on each program. Bouts are fought over 5 rounds (2 minutes each), with the pace visibly picking up until the last round when the intensity of the fighters – and the crowd – becomes electric, all backed by the exotic, rhythmical music played by the oboes and drums of the Muay Thai band.

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    Location: No 6 Ramintra Rd. Anusawaree, Bang Khen, Bangkok 10220, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)2 282 3141


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