Channel 7 Boxing Stadium
Channel 7 Boxing Stadium
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Neighborhood: Chatuchak
Every weekend, thousands of tourists make their way up to this Northern Bangkok suburb to get lost in an enormous maze of shops at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Home to almost 10,000 vendors, you’ll find everything from vintage sneakers to comic books and Thai handicrafts being sold here. You name it, Chatuchack probably sells it. The market is a great place to pick up souvenirs, but be sure to bargain for a good price. After a day of shopping and strolling around, the lush green lanes of Chatuchak Park are a welcome relief.
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Anshuman Prakash
Bangalore District, India3 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Getting there:

Pre-Requisite:
ALERT ALERT ALERT!!! Starting 7th July 2019 (today), the entry rules have dress codes - NO shorts, slippers, sandals, flip flops, round-neck/V-neck t-shirts or henleys. T-shirts have to be collared or full-sleeve shirts (with collar), and Shoes are a must!

The location is convenient to reach with a 10-15 min walk from the nearest BTS station (Mo Chit).
a) BTS - Mo Chit is the last BTS stop, so you should be able to get to this station easily from anywhere in Bangkok.
b) Get down towards the exit which reads "BTS Head Office / Headquarters" (I think this is Exit #3)
c) Continue walking straight with the massive parking lot on your immediate right
d) As the parking lot ends, you'll see a huge building on the right with a BTS illuminated logo. Take a right turn towards an alley which curves towards the right (going behind the BTS head office)
e) Walk for another 5 mins or so, and on the left, there is a huge white-colored building called "BB TV". You will see security guards directing people inside. TO your right, is a line of various shops (eateries, commodity stores etc.).
f) ALERT ALERT ALERT!!! Starting 7th July 2019 (today), the entry rules have dress codes - NO shorts, slippers, sandals, flip flops, round-neck/V-neck t-shirts or henleys. T-shirts have to be collared or full-sleeve shirts (with collar), and Shoes are a must! If you still are risking it, there are hawker stalls just outside the gate selling T-shirts (BHT 50 each) and local pyjamas (BHT 150 each, negotiable upto BHT 130 each)
g) NO WATER/Food/Drinks are allowed inside. Even sealed bottled water has to be discarded at the security check just before entering the stadium/ring

Entry fee: Free for all

When do I get there? : Definitely worth getting there and finding a seat 45 mins before the fight (1:30 - 1:45 PM). I got there at 1:40 PM. If you're getting in around this time, just after entering the main gate, walking in towards the stadium entrance and after the security check, you may be lucky enough to see the fighters getting warmed up and also getting a sports massage done by their Physios.

Seats: Once you're inside the stadium, there are people guiding you towards an empty seat.
TIP: Might be worth visiting your washroom business before the seats start getting occupied. The place is jam-packed around 2:00 - 2:15 PM, and getting people to move from their seats, and getting down from the 4-5 rows of balcony-like hard benches could be difficult (although most people are caring and accommodate to move and allow you to get to the restroom and do your business). But surely better to be prepared.

The Experience: Once the bouts start, it is an experience to remember. A small prayer by the fighters precedes the fight. 5 rounds per fight with a minute-break between each round. The entire series of fights is telecast live on the local channel, and the camera angle is projected on one of the walls, and on a 32" LED display near the referees. This way, if you're on TV, you get to see yourself.

Getting out: I watch 4 fights today and was hungry. So decided to move out. Since most non-locals were leaving too, it was not much of a hassle to ask people to move and get down from row #4 towards the exit.
Written July 7, 2019
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SydneyJed
Sydney5,746 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Scampering out of bed Sunday morning and my brain cells are still feeling pretty average after a bashing in the bars of Sukhumvit the previous night(thank you San Miguel) I remember I'd made a call to a fellow tripor' on this forum to find him some vinyl records so off to Chatuchak Markets and visited the spin master at Viva 8 bar.My main aim for coming to Mo Chit though was really to do as I always do here on a Sunday arvo'...watch the best sporting attraction in town at Ch 7 the live Muay Thai boxing stadium located on the opposite side of the weekend markets using the footbridge(Exit 4 BTS). Taking the steps here you will know you are on the right track as there is a massive park n' drive lot of cars so make sure to turn left here and follow your nose up to the first turning on your right which is Soi Pathon Yothin...From here just follow this non descript small soi and stay walking on the left hand side till you hit the entrance to Ch 7...it'll take all of 10 minutes stroll or you can catch a motorbike taxi for 15 baht!Entering the grounds you have no idea what's about to hit you given the lack of people or noise in the vicinity but boy oh boy you are sure going to get a wake up call!An inkling of what's in store suddenly hits me..it's a young Muay Thai fighter oiled up and going through a warm up routine..he sees my lens and without me even asking poses for the camera proudly!Is it his first fight I wonder looks all of 16 years old to me and less meat on him than a jockey with the bottom weight in a Melbourne Cup!Walking past him I can now smell the liniment wafting up through my nostrils and just to the left I see minders/corner men family friends and 'local identities'...I must be here!Now the entrance to the Ch 7 'stadium' I must warn you is akin to a porta cabin and you could well think you are in the wrong place and walk straight past it..it's that non descript!One sign in Thai a portly man sitting on a seat(the doorman ..I think)and another guy standing next to him in a kaki army uniform are the only signs you need to look out for!Entering through this small door way and you are hit with the sheer energy loaded atmosphere of Bangkokian locals SP bookies shouting and enticing bets and the turbo charged power surge of emotion every time the boxers go into battle!Nothing will prepare you for this and it is certainly advised to get here well before the starting time of 1.45pm to avoid arriving mid fight(not advisable)...you then have plenty of time to secure a seat(wooden plank)either elevated at the sides or if you are lucky down at the front.Standing up at the back near to the scaffold and cameras is how I like to spend my Sundays at Ch 7...the crowd and the mix of people are what I come for just as much as the blood sweat and tears of these wonderful Muay Thai Warriors! Just a warning*...there are pickpockets here folks so personally I advise you to have secure pockets(eg. Velcro, zips)..only carry what you need!To get here..take the BTS skytrain to Mo Chit and proceed to Exit 4...also another option is the MRT underground to Chatuchak Park(Exit 3)and both ways are as I mentioned above on the same route!THERE IS NO ADMISSION!
Even if you are not a fan of the sport of Muay Thai boxing I recommend this to you as it is a chance to experience Thai culture as much as anything...so put it on your bucket list and you won't be disappointed one bit!! Enjoy!
Jed.
Written November 25, 2014
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Paddywat
7 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
Forget the expensive (for farangs) other venues. Genuine experience of top professional Muay Thai bouts. In a aircon studio but having experienced Lumphini and Ratcheomadan stadiums which are mosquito ridden and high priced tickets for tourists, this is FREE and has a brilliant atmosphere. The Thai locals are betting and very vocal. You can get close to the action and because it's shown live on TV the standard of the bouts is high. Remember, this is the national sport of Thailand and a type of martial art. Forget the kick boxing and cage fighting of other western countries, this is completely different. Knock outs are rare and although battered and bruised, the fighters respect each other and fight under a strict code.
A note of warning. We arrived soon after the 1.45pm scheduled start and were welcomed in to the arena in the middle of a bout.........what a shock. The noise and atmosphere was electric. It took us a while to force our way through to the excellent seating but once there saw 3 excellent bouts. So...........get there early!!
Written February 24, 2014
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Kim T
Dublin, CA28 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
1. Wear polo shirts or button down shirt. Pants and closed toe shoes like sneakers.no hats. I saw a few women get away with nice blouses. I was in a loose tshirt and had to go buy an ugly 10 dollar polo across the st. #touristmistake but souvenir for someone

2. If you look directly to your right of stadium after you have been turned around to dress correctly, some vendors have cheap used shirts for 50 baht (1.65usd)

3. No food or drinks inside. I was allowed to bring my double wall thermos, but i didnt dare take it out during.

4. Bag security check before entering. Luckily they didn't see my bag of pork I had but i felt men got searched harder

5. Get there about 30 min before to get seats. Tourists get put in same section bc the betting happens in the locals section.

6. Be prepared for butt muscle cramps, those seats are awful.

7. Pay extra if you want to sit in their VIP comfy seats. I heard about 400 baht ($13 US)

8. Street food and 7/11 across the way. Vending machines just inside gatw.

We left after 2 fights, great experience just was uncomfy w the seat situation
Written December 1, 2019
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Habnab12
Las Vegas, NV22 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Got there too late for anything but standing room. Place was packed. Maybe 2000 people in a very small space. Crowd was fine. No problem and any seat is a good one. Saw a couple pretty entertaining fights and left early. Because the only exit near me was a single door. I couldn’t see another exit sign in the whole place. If there was ever god forbid a need to vacate quickly, things could get very ugly very fast.
Written March 25, 2018
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PugilistGeorge
Bangkok, Thailand102 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
First off I was very lucky to get to catch a show as all the Muay Thai stadiums are on hiatus in honor of the dearly departed King.
This place was INSANE!!!! I've been to Lumpinee, Rajadamnern & MAX (Pattaya), but they do not compare to the vibe of this little TV studio arena. It is SOOOO Thai, unlike the other places that are littered with "curious" foreigners, this place attracts REAL Muay Thai fans not "wonder what this is about" crowd and the few of those I did see left very early.
The crowd is electric inside, the gambling is even wilder than the "big two" as I even got caught as a "middle man" handing money from one bleacher section to the other bleacher section. Saw kids running money between sections underneath the bleachers as well, just crazy in a good way.
I highly recommend that you show up at least one hour before the show or else you will end up like I did, without a seat. That's right I STOOD for the ENTIRE show in the entrance tunnel which was pretty much a ringside view, so no complaints whatsoever especially since the admission is FREE!
Also a great row of street vendors across the street from the TV studio with all the food that Thailand is famous for. Lone complaint, I did have difficulty getting transportation back to my hotel. Was turned down by a couple taxi's before getting a bit of an overpriced dtuk dtuk (not my first choice due to my height-dtuk dtuk's are very uncomfortable).
Written October 10, 2017
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daniel_2402
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is the national channel 7 station therefore stadium is quite small. if you would like to have good seats, you may have to be there as early as 12pm. As this is free therefore stadium will be packed by 230pm and fight starts at 230pm as well. This is a must venue to visit if you love muay thai. You would need to stop at Mo Chit BTS station and take a 5-10 mins walk to the TV station.
Written September 28, 2018
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Stephen M
11 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Just about to spend 2500baht on a Rajadamnern even where they wouldnt even let us know who was fighting then spotted that channel 7 stadium has free fights every Sunday. We went and were not let down... Thais and farrangs mixing and enjoying the highest level muaythai in thailand. Lots of gambling too if that's your thing... Lumpini and Rajadamnern are both touris traps. Save your money you wont be disappointed
Written July 15, 2018
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Olivia R
Kitchener, Canada32 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Came to the stadium on Sunday with two friends to see the Muay Thai fights. Awesome experience if you are aware of what to expect. Here’s what you need to know:
-the show is free
-the show we saw had 5 fights, 5 rounds each
-this is a live televised event
-small section reserved for foreigners to sit
-show starts at 2:30; get there by 1pm if you want a free seat
-get there by 1:30 if you are okay paying for a seat (200 baht) in the paid seat section
-anytime after 1:45 you will have standing room (“room” used very loosely) only
-the stadium gets extremely crowded and they keep packing people in until there is literally no more space
-very loud with all the locals yelling out bets and cheering for the fighters (awesome experience to see!)

I would highly recommend this experience if you are in Bangkok on a Sunday...great way to spend the afternoon :)
Written February 18, 2019
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De S
Paris, France7 contributions
Jan 2018
This place is a must if you want to experience the real Muay Thai experience. The place is free but you will need so patience to get inside and wait before the fights starts.
My advice is to get there early and take the last raw in the top
Written December 31, 2017
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