Although they now have champions in many disciplines (tennis, cricket), the Thais still have a boundless passion for Thai boxing, their national sport. Bangkok has two huge covered halls the Ratchadamnoen Stadium and Lumpinee Boxing where matches alternate on different days of the week (the best competitions are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
Even if you're new to the sport, the spectacle will pull you in, both for the spectacular nature of the fighting incredible displays of acrobatics and precision punching and its rituals. The first of each evening's five matches starts at 6:30 pm, but it's best to show up around 8:00 pm, just before the big attractions enter the ring in their colourful silk robes to the sound of traditional music, escorted by chanting entourages. The atmosphere becomes electric.
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