Bangla Boxing Stadium is a prominent Muay Thai arena in Patong Beach. The stadium is hard to miss: it’s a large 2-storey building with a first floor made of beige stone-like sculpted cement and features 4 beer bars with hostesses. The second floor is an amphitheatre surrounding the boxing ring. At the front of the building, you can spot large statues representing Thai boxers.
At first, the fancy aspect of the place could make you think that it’s just another tourist trap only featuring well-choreographed Muay Thai fights. But no, this is real Thai Boxing and the contestants are real champions fighting for prizes, titles and to improve their rank on the Thai Boxing scene. Fights are organized 3 times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
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Thai boxing at Bangla Boxing Stadium
When arriving at Bangla Boxing Stadium, the first things you’ll notice are the 4 beer bars – Lucky Bar, Koala Aussie Bar, Casanova’s Bar and B1 Bar – which are in fact the only part of this setup reminiscent of Bangla Road – the heart of Phuket’s 'naughty' nightlife. You can have a drink here if you're too early for the fights upstairs. A few drinks and the charm of the hostesses could make you forget why you came here in the first place, though.
The boxing stadium is on the second floor and it’s a well-lit large open space with comfortable seats arranged in the best possible way for all the punters to clearly see the ring and the action happening in it. VIP seats are available at the first row around the ring and cost 2,500 baht each. Ringside seats are 2,000 baht and stadium’s 1,700 baht. The atmosphere at Bangla Boxing Stadium is relaxed and typical of most Muay Thai venues in Thailand.
Tradition is at the heart of all Thai boxing events: Sarama – the hypnotic Muay Thai traditional music – fills the air and takes both fighters and audience to another level; the wai kru ram muay – pre-fight ritual dance – is performed to show respect to the fighters’ trainers and coaches. Thai boxing is not only a show of force and skill; it is deep-rooted in Thai history and spirituality.
The Thai boxing fights
Fights at Bangla Boxing Stadium usually start at 8pm through midnight – the evening can be shorter if too many knock-outs occur. Young fighters between the age of 12 and 14 years often open the show (note that it can be somewhat disturbing to see such young boys hitting and kicking each other).
The quality of the matches increases as the evening unfolds until the climax at the last fight which usually features national and international champions. Foreign boxers are usually more impressive to watch due to their size – among the Super Heavyweight World Champion titleholders was a Russian – and Thai boxers do not lead the world championship any more, even though their style is certainly purer than a lot of international boxers.
Summing up, Bangla Boxing Stadium is a great place to witness the most popular sport in Thailand. It's centrally located and well organized with friendly staff. Simply, watching outstanding physical performances by powerful athletes is a great way to spend an evening in Patong. Gamblers will also be glad to know that despite being illegal in Thailand, they can bet (discreetly) on red or blue for each fight.
Bangla Boxing Stadium
- Opening Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9pm to midnight
- Location: (Opposite Baan Zan Market) 150-55 Phang-Muang-Sai Kor, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)64 061 5050