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After a year and a half living in Thailand I finally made it to a Muay Thai fight. It was one of those things that I didn’t really care too much to do, and knew I could go practically any time I wanted (there are several stadiums in Chiang Mai with regular fights each week), so there was never any push to actually buy a ticket.
The verdict? Mediocre.
I’m glad I went but overall the fights, audience and atmosphere didn’t have the energy or excitement that I was anticipating. The stadium I went to is a training center, so you’re definitely not seeing the best of the best, but while I didn’t have high expectations, the whole evening was still kind of dull. Maybe there should have been more beer involved.
In Chiang Mai there are fights almost every night of the week with tickets ranging from about 400B – 1000B ($12 – $33). You can either buy tickets at the stadiums beforehand or at the time of the event, and many guesthouses, tour agencies and rental shops can also get you hooked up.