Hua Hin Muay Thai Boxing
Muay Thai kickboxing is a very well known and traditional sport in Asia, immortalised in Thai folklore and popularized internationally by several movies, leading to millions of dedicated fans and worldwide recognition of the sport. Many visitors to Hua Hin have Muay Thai on their agenda of must-see activities and while there are undoubtedly large and well attended arenas in Bangkok, Hua Hin has a few smaller venues where it´s just as easy to enjoy an amazing night of Muay Thai entertainment.Fights are held at two main locations and there are also several training gyms scattered around town. Before fight nights, roving pickup trucks blast out the details by loudspeaker at earsplitting volume, and the promoters hand out flyers around the town centre.
A local Muay Thai match should be witnessed at least once on a visit to Hua Hin, to appreciate this highly skilled, energetic and artful sport.
Grand Sports Stadium
Close to the Grand Hotel and Grand Night Market is a large stadium which holds Muay Thai matches every Friday night, with additional matches on Wednesdays in high season only. Fights start around 9 p.m. and finish at 11.30 p.m or later, and there are usually six or seven matches.
Depending on the class of seat, tickets cost between 350 and 600 baht and can either be bought previously or on the night. Grand Sports Stadium has professional and amateur Thai fighters and regularly features western and other international competitors. They also have gym facilities which can be used every day and offer in-house training sessions.
Contact +66 (0)89 754 7801.
Thai Boxing Garden
Located downtown in a small street close to Poonsuk Road is the Thai Boxing Garden. It´s a much smaller venue than the Grand and fights begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with ticket prices between 400 and 600 baht (slightly cheaper if you don´t want the included drink). Tickets can be bought in person at any time.
The match format is fairly similar to the Grand but there are usually less renowned fighters competing here. However, it´s just as entertaining a place to watch Muay Thai and the crowd is right in the midst of the action. There are also gym facilities open daily between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and spectators are welcome to watch the fighters training.
Contact +66 (0)851 800 065 or +66 (0)32 515 269.
Muay Thai Training
In Hua Hin there are several dedicated Muay Thai gyms and training camps for those that want to get more involved in the sport and try it for themselves, from complete novices to accomplished athletes. Such places run daily sessions and can put together personalised training schedules based on the individual´s experience and fitness. They can usually help with accommodation and transport issues for those new to Hua Hin.
The Por Promin Muay Thai Camp is one of the newest which has opened recently near Hua Hin, and organises daily group and one-on-one training sessions. They offer daily, weekly and monthly programs, and can be reached by telephone on +66 (0)838 985 294.
There are various other small Muay Thai gyms and training schools based around Hua Hin. It´s wise to ask around and research which establishments have the most professional instructors, to help you achieve the most in as safe an environment as possible.