Muay Thai Style

Trip Start Aug 15, 2009
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Today we had a lie in till half 8! Woo hoo! We decided to do the Thonburi walking tour today, you take yourselves round the less popular tourist sights (we only saw Thai people praying at these temples and not sweaty westerners). We actually really enjoyed this, it involved walking through the old part of Bangkok alot of the time and gave us an insight to how they really live. Two of the best stops (there were 7 in total) were Wat Kalayanimit which housed a huge Buddha image which fills almost the entire interior of the prayer hall. Next to the Buddha's hall was a bell tower containing the largest bronze bell in Thailand. Also The Church Of Santa Cruz also known as Wat Kudichin. This is the first Catholic church in Thonburi.
We noticed that whenever there is a church or temple there are a couple of schools, they want to be near them at all times. The children are very friendly waving and saying hello when the notice your english, we have even herd them having an english lesson.
We decided to give our poor feet a rest for a while and jumped in a taxi to take us to the train station to sort out Fridays adventure. It was alot easier than we thought and booked the tickets for our sleeper train. Next task was finding the Rajadamnern Muay Thai Arena for tonights entertainment. After walking for 20 minutes using only man's natural sense for direction I eventually gave in to Laura's nagging and we flagged down a taxi. Aprox 1 minute later we were outside the arena, oh ye of little faith. Anyway once we'd found it we realised we were to early and headed for the travellers ghetto that is Khao San road. We got some noodles with some sort of meat product and headed back to the arena for the first fight. We paid for the cheap tickets and were in with the locals which is the best way. It was a really interesting spectacle to watch, with the rituals before the fight and music thats played during the rounds but one of the best things was how the crowd reacted and got totally into the fight with gambling being the main cause for the noise (i'll try uploading a video). Admittedly we thought it was strange grown men betting on young lads beating each other up and we're talking 12 year olds at a guess. They were the warm up acts for the older bigger fighters that followed, not sure if it will ever beat football or rugby to our national sport but a good nights entertainment none the less. However we still couldn't tell you how the scoring works even after googling it back at the hotel.

Gaz & LJ
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Kevin Gallagher on

Good captions to the blogs
I'm planning to see the Thai Boxing after your recommendation. I look after the RAF Boxing Team so I'm interested to see how the Thai style compares.
Cheers

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