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“Must do in Bangkok”

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
Ranked #78 of 537 things to do in Bangkok
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Thailand’s best-known boxing stadium hosts traditional Muay Thai matches every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Expect to pay around THB2000 for ring-side seats to the kickboxing-type matches.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
New York City, New York
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“Must do in Bangkok”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Rather you like boxing or not, you have to try it in Thailand. Very authentic experience. It was hard to watch the younger children but when the older fighters that is over 18 yo. It was very entertaining. These fighters have alot of hearts and very respectful to one another. You have to appreciate the culture, respect of this sport in Thailand.

BTW, you can get cheap seats in the back vs ring side. We paid the ring side which was not necessary. There is plenty room in the back and have clear view of the ring

Check out our film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfDtdBCvaQw

Visited February 2013
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“Always a good night”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Attend the Muay Thai fights at least once a month at Lumpinee. Fights are on Tuesday nights, Friday nights and on Saturday afternoon and then again in the evening. Only disappointing thing is paying THB 2,000 for ring side seats and then the ringside area being overcrowed and over sold by the touts out front of the stadium. Becomes a mess. Aside from this a good night. Lumpini will close down in the coming year (sometime in 2014 I think) and all fights will move to the other stadium, too far for me to travel. Best to take in the Lumpini experience before they close the traditional home.

Visited April 2013
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“Great Night Out”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

We had great fun here 3 days ago but i understand some of the comments regarding the young fighters, we saw 7 fights plus an exhibition bout where they wore rope on hands instead of gloves. It was great fun but make sure you eat before or after as the food is microwave meals and neither me or my wife could stomach more than 2 mouthfulls of it (we both love all the food from the little stalls on the roads so this wasnt a not liking foreign food issue)

Seeing all the Thai people shouting and screaming in between rounds to gamble (we think although we were told its illegal in thailand) is brilliant fun and the whole evening was worth it although you are talking around 65 pound for both of you for ring side seats

Visited June 2013
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“Maybe if you like boxing...”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We went to see the much vaunted Muay Thai fighters at Lumpini Boxing Stadium as part of a two-day stay in Bangkok. Let me first say that if you are a boxing fanatic, there is probably something here for you. There is clearly a steeped boxing culture as part of Muay Thai and it was interesting to see the hierarchical system of fighters that starts as adolescents and then proceeds to adults later in the evening.

That said, for the casual tourist, there wasn't much to be seen here and we left after about an hour (4 bouts). Recent complaints of the youthfulness remained true during our visit. More than half the scheduled fights were weight classes in the 100-pound range and many of the fighters seemed to be serious, but unseasoned. The highest weight class scheduled for the evening was 125-lbs, which seems awfully light still to be serious contenders. We noticed that they changed the schedule from every few days to fighting events twice a day, and I do wonder if perhaps they have lowered the quality of each session in order to increase the available quantity of events and thereby sell more tickets. Our hotel seemed to have litte understanding how this all worked, but hopefully you can discern a system if you go.

Also, the facility is filthy. You're stuck between choosing the clean 2,000 Bhat (US$70) "ringside seats" (first 15 rows) and the 1,500 Bhat second-tier seated tickets that are perched bleacher-like over what appears to be a landfill but is probably just a few months of food containers, beer cans, etc. In the hour that we were there, we saw cockroaches and millipedes running between the floor boards. The value of the ringside seats also rose significantly when you realized the class of bathroom was also tied to your ticket (go beforehand or prepare to pay up!).

Regardless of how colorful guidebooks may describe it, these boxing events are seedy, gambling-heavy sporting events that are not really for the casual tourist (although every hotel, tourbook, etc. plays them up). I would describe it as akin to dog-racing today in the U.S. The whole thing felt a little bit tired and played up for the well-heeled tourists in attendance (probably 60% of the entire crowd) rather than a real local sport in its own right.

Visited June 2013
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“A unique experience”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Went with kids to watch the match. Bought tickets from the hotel (get a discount, and avoid the touts this way). Nice to watch from the ringside, and at the same time during breaks turn around and watch the intense betting going on. A really must try once experience.

Visited June 2013
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