The Top Four Muay Thai Stadiums in Bangkok, Thailand

Muay Thai fight in Thailand
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and an important part of Thai culture. For centuries thousands of young fighters have battled each other in bloody exchanges in the stadiums of Thailand.

The very best of those fighters make it to the big stadiums in Bangkok to earn the most prestigious championships. This article introduces the four biggest Muay Thai stadiums in Bangkok.

Fight fans should understand that Thailand has a ranking system for the skill level of Muay Thai fights. The ranking system grades fights on a scale of 1 to 5 stars where 1 represents a beginning level fighter and 5 represents a “world class” fighter.

New Lumpini Stadium

The new Lumpini Stadium is a Muay Thai arena recently built to replace the famous Old Lumpini Stadium near Lumpini Park.

Like the old Lumpini Stadium, the new stadium is known as the most prestigious Muay Thai arena in Thailand. The very best fighters face each other in this venue, however this is only true for certain days and the level of fights on weekends tend to be much lower.

Fight Times: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 6:15 PM – 11 PM
Location: Northern Bangkok suburbs on Ram Inthra Road 2/1
Fighter Rating: 4-5 star fighter on Tuesday and Friday, 2-3 star fighters on Saturdays
Ticket Prices: 1000 Baht 3rd row, 1500 Baht 2nd row and 2000 Baht for 1st row

The location out of the city center and the very high ticket prices make a visit to the new Lumpini Stadium only worthwhile when a big fight is scheduled. Because fights are being held frequently, the quality of the shows vary quite a bit.

Another downside is that the historical and legendary charm which the old Lumpini Stadium possessed did not carry over to the new stadium.

Rajadamnern Stadium

Holding Muay Thai fights since it was built in 1945, the Rajadamnern Stadium is the oldest of the four big Muay Thai stadiums.

The fact that top Muay Thai fights were being held in the Rajadamnern Stadium for decades, gives the place a certain old school vibe, which comes from the many legendary bouts that took place in this old and famous arena.

Fight Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 6:15 PM – 11 PM
Location: Old City Center of Bangkok
Fighter Rating: 4-5 star fighters on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and 2-3 star fighters on Sunday
Ticket Prices: 1000 Baht 3rd row, 1500 Baht 2nd row and 2000 Baht for 1st row

The central location of the stadium, atmosphere and rich history in the Rajadamnern Stadium make it an exciting experience. However, the experience comes with a high price tag. I would recommend visiting Rajadammern Stadium only for the larger events which are held two to three times per month.

Channel 7 Stadium

The Channel 7 Stadium is known as the third most prestigious venue for Muay Thai in Thailand. This stadium is the only one out of the the big four that has no entrance fee.

Fight Times: Sundays 12:45 PM – 2 PM
Location: Near the Mo Chit BTS Station
Fighter Rating: 4-5 star fighters
Ticket Prices: Free

It’s not just the high skill level of the Muay Thai fighters competing in this stadium that make a visit to the Channel 7 Stadium worthwhile, the location right next to the BTS and the MRT train-system as well as the free entry make Channel 7 an excellent stadium to visit.

The four main fights are broadcasted on channel 7. The only drawback of this stadium is that the place is filled to the brim by the time the fights start and to get seats with a good view of the ring, it is advised to arrive at least 40-50 minutes before the official start time.

Omnoi Stadium

The Omnoi Stadium or Siam Boxing Stadium is known as the 4th most prestigious Muay Thai arena in Thailand.

An interesting aspect for most foreigners is that the fight cards of the Omnoi Stadium feature heavier fighters, including good foreign fighters, leading to higher chances of KOs. The Omnoi Stadium holds the annual Fuktien and Isuzu Group tournaments, where the very best Muay Thai fighters of the higher weight classes face each other.

Fight Times: Sundays 12:15 PM – 2 PM
Location: Omnoi district, western Bangkok suburbs
Fighter Rating: 4-5 star fighters
Ticket Prices: 500 Baht

All bouts are broadcasted on Channel 3.

The entrance fee entitles you to sit on VIP seats behind the ring as well as on every other seat in the small but not very crowded stadium. Therefore you don´t have to come early to get a good seat with a nice view off the ring.

Although a rather long drive from Bangkok´s city center, the reasonable ticket price, wide selection of available seats and the high level of the fighters and chance of KOs make the Omnoi Stadium a good choice.

George Faber

George is a frequent traveler throughout the Thai countryside. He aims to find undiscovered destinations in Thailand. George's travel guides and adventures can be found on his website.

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