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“Waste of Money”

Chaweng Boxing Stadium
Ranked #6 of 29 things to do in Chaweng
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Berlin, Germany
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“Waste of Money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

Ok ...I am not a die-hard action buff, though I occasionally indulge into Super-Hero movies. That’s ok but the Chaweng Boxing Stadium is a sheer waste of time and amazing experience. You need to bargain on the Ticket prices, a culture I have seen in most Asian tourist spots. You need to bargain your socks out. They charged us a whopping 1200 baht per head for me and my Girlfriend. It’s a literally empty and huge creepy building, the only attraction being the Thai Boxing, which I could have anyways watched on the Hotel television for free. The match was definitely fixed from before and hence was absolutely predictable. Some of the moves were typical out of the book and were enacted only to get the crowd to cheer hysterically. The crowd of course were mostly Thai people who supposedly enter the venue at a much cheaper ‘special’ rates.

Visited December 2013
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“Good night out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

Tickets cost between 1000-2500 baht so it can be quite expensive, although the most expensive seats include drinks too. We settled for ring side seats at 1200 baht, which worked out decent seats right at the front. Although the 1000 baht seats looked fine with a good view.

The place is pretty sweaty with no aircon and the lights making it even more hot. Drinks were reasonably priced.

Fights didn't appear faked since some of the guys knocked out came out with burst eyes and there was blood, they would have to be good actors thats for sure.

I have no idea why someone would complete a review on this place in some of the previous reviews when they had not been to an event, thought the whole point in reviewing places was from your own experience........

All in all its a good night out. Only thing we didn't like was when they had one of the fights with kids fighting we didn't agree on that.

Visited January 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Come an hour after start time, skip the first 2 or 3 fights, and bring the family (and perhaps earplugs)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

We were a little unsure about going, thinking, "oh man, this is going to be the crazy seedy underbelly of muay Thai," imagining lots of sweaty dudes throwing cash into betting pools for their favorite fighter, drinking to the point of losing control, etc.
Nope.
It's mostly tourists, and a number of tourists even brought their young kids. It's quite family friendly, as long as you're okay with your kids seeing the sometimes brutal hits that happen.

The night we went there were 7 fights - the first 3 were clearly junior fighters just doing sparring rounds, with one opponent dropping to the canvas for a "KO" (but who was clearly not truly knocked out) in the third round.

For fights 4 - 6, the announcer came out and announced the win-loss record of the fighters, which gave an indication that these are true fighters in the ring now. And when these guys dropped, it looked much more real than the first 3 fighters... and I think it was. Some visceral hits were landed in these fights.

The final fight was entertaining and went the full 5 rounds, though we were very unsure about the judge's decision.

Either way, we had fun, saw something local, in a fairly non-threatening environment. I recommend it if you just want to say you've gone to a muay Thai match.

Price posted was 1500 and 2000 baht - we talked the guy down to 1200. If you show up 1 hour later, you'll miss the first 3 somewhat slow-paced fights, and maybe can argue for an even cheaper price since you've already missed 3 of the fights.

Visited January 2014
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Vancouver, BC
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“The entertainment is better than the boxing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Watched the National Mui Thai Boxing Championships here in November 2013. Tickets were pretty expensive at $20 each, but we hitched a ride from our hotel to the stadium and from the stadium to The Green Mango which would have cost us $8 otherwise, so the price worked itself out a teeny bit. We don't know much about boxing or mui thai, but we know most things get better with a mickey of samsung and a bottle of Red Bull so we picked up those treats at the convenience store near the stadium entrance and proceeded to have a great night. Not sure if all matches are similar, but the boxers put on little shows in-between matches; they'd tightrope walk while juggling tennis balls from one corner of the ring to the other, or sit in plastic chairs balancing on the tightrope by two legs. Check out the stadium if you need something to do, but it's not worth going out of your way.

Visited November 2013
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“It’s so diffrent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

It’s a place that you can’t describe if you are not be there.Anyone who go to Thai should at least go there once.I think the most cheap ticket is enough to enjoy it.

Visited November 2013
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