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Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium

Watch as mild-mannered Thai locals let there hair down and scream support for their favorite Muay Thai fighter. With every kick, punch, and elbow to the ribs, the crowd lets out a unanimous roar.

Most tourists opt for ringside seats while locals prefer the view from the standing area. Perhaps more popular than the fight itself is the opportunity to place bets on blue vs red-clad boxers using a series of coded hand gestures.

Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium is one of the largest and most modern stadiums in Bangkok with capacity for 8,000 spectators. Action-packed Muay Thai fights are held 4 nights a week. All nights present 10 boxing matches each lasting 5 rounds. The most-skilled fighters usually clash around the middle of the night.

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Price

Ringside: ฿2,000 (USD$64.00), Club Class: ฿1,800 ($57.60), Second Class: ฿1,500 ($48.00), Third Class: ฿1,000 ($32.00)

Time Spent

1.5-4hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

6pm-10pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday

Look Around

Stadium exteriorStadium exterior
Ringside seatsRingside seats
Getting into Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium
Fighter performing ceremonial ritual for good luckFighter performing ceremonial ritual for good luck
The tension is buildingThe tension is building
Praying in the cornerPraying in the corner
Dancing on the canvasDancing on the canvas
Taking a hitTaking a hit
Referee trying to step inReferee trying to step in
Resting between roundsResting between rounds
Inside the ring
Bell ringer to indicate the start and end of each roundBell ringer to indicate the start and end of each round
3rd class ticket holders behind the wire fence3rd class ticket holders behind the wire fence
CommentatorsCommentators
Musicians keeping the rythmnMusicians keeping the rythmn
Spectators are glued to their seatsSpectators are glued to their seats
Outside the ring
The calm before the stormThe calm before the storm
Blows flow thick and fastBlows flow thick and fast
Expressions on the fighters' faces speak louder than wordsExpressions on the fighters' faces speak louder than words
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The main event

Who Will Like Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium

Culture Buff

See the traditional Thai martial art, Muay Thai, practiced in Thailand for over 200 years. Notice Thailand's serene Buddhist principles shine through the combative sport as each match starts with prayer and a "dance" to honor their teachers and demonstrate agility.

Sports Fan

Grab hold of your seat as you watch professional Muay Thai fighters, both Thai and international, clash in the ring. Who do you think will win - red or blue?

Entertainment Specialist

Book ringside tickets and sit back with a beer and snack while the boxers throw powerful kicks and punches with devastating precision.

Insider Tips For Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium

Coach yelling instructions to his fighterCoach yelling instructions to his fighter
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Friends, family and well-wishers cheer from the ringsideFriends, family and well-wishers cheer from the ringside
Thai people are normally known for being reserved and calm... not hereThai people are normally known for being reserved and calm... not here
Ringside action
  • Tickets can be purchased online or at the stadium entrance from badge-wearing officials.
  • Tickets are available in 4 categories: 3rd class tickets are seated behind a wire fence, 2nd class tickets are standing in front of the wired fence, club class tickets are seated in front of the fence, and ringside tickets are seated beside the ring.
  • Most spectators leave after match 7 or 8 as the last few fighters are usually junior league and not as entertaining to watch. Leaving early helps to avoid traffic which is very heavy directly after the match.
  • Light snacks and drinks like beer and peanuts can be purchased at the stadium. Ringside spectators should signal nearby staff to place their order.

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Where Is It

1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd, Wat Sommanat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

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How To Get There

Taxi

Taxi drivers pick up and drop off outside the main entrance. Taxis leaving the stadium are in high-demand and drivers often raise prices with a flat-fee.

Rideshare

Grab drivers may prefer to pick up away from the main entrance as Grab is not welcome in some parts of Bangkok.

BusRajadamnern Boxing Stadium 1

70, 157, 201, 503, 509

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Cash for snacks.
  • Pre-purchased tickets (on smartphone).
  • Camera.
Don't:
  • Food or drink from outside the venue.
  • Sharp and dangerous objects.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: No

Selfie sticks allowed: Not encouraged

Best time to shoot: Night

Tips: Staff encourage photographers to remain in their seats and not walkaround the stadium. Video recording is not allowed.

Drones

Drones allowed: No

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Light snacks and drinks are available for purchase within the stadium. More substantial meals are available from food stalls outside the stadium. A cluster of restaurants are located around Nakhon Sawan Road, a 5-minute walk southeast from the stadium.

Backstory

In 1941, the Prime Minister of Thailand gave orders to build a national boxing stadium on Rajadamnern Avenue. The project was paused during WWII due to a lack of construction supplies but recommenced and completed in 1945. The first boxing match was arranged that same year. The original stadium was shaped like an open-air Roman amphitheater until the concrete roof was added in 1951.

By 1953, the stadium was a financial loss for the Government, so was purchased by stadium manager, Chalerm Cheosakul, under private organization "Rajadamnern Co Ltd". The organization still manages Rajadamnern Stadium today.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Cheer for your favorite fighter.
  • Respect allocated seating and remain in your seat.
Don't:
  • Record videos during matches.
  • Walk around the stadium to take photographs.
  • Block the view of other spectators by standing.
  • Shout abuse at the fighters.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Professionalism of fighters.
  • Large space with facilities like bathrooms and snacks. Many boxing stadiums in Bangkok don't have these.
  • Electric atmosphere with excited crowd.
  • Tiered tickets. Ability to choose VIP experience with ringside tickets or local experience with 2nd and 3rd class tickets.
Could Be Better:
  • Ticket price is fairly expensive compared to some other stadiums.
  • Busy traffic after the match.
  • Taxi drivers jack up prices to drive spectators home after the match.
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