After several days of being handed flyers for Muay Thai boxing, I decided to give it a shot on my last night in Chiang Mai. I bought the VIP ticket for 600 THB ($20), 200 THB more than the regular, so I could enjoy ring-side views at Thapae Boxing Stadium. I bought the ticket at my hotel, and as an added bonus it included transportation to the stadium in a tuk-tuk.
I didn’t know what to expect, but it ended up being a very fun night. The intensity inside was high, and all the fighters were very focused.
There were seven fights of five rounds each, with the last being an international bout with a German and a Thai. The evening starts with young fighters (maybe 15 years old), but the ages gradually climb.
One tip if you are looking for some cool pictures is to head to the stadiums back corner after each fight. There is a sort of "winner's circle" where the winning fighter will pose. Some even let spectators take photos with them.
There is also plenty of gambling. There are multiple Thai guys walking around before each fight asking you if you want to bet. I did this twice and lost both, would suggest avoiding as they know a LOT more than you will. However, the guy next to me did win, so it’s not a complete scam. Overall, this was a fun night out in Chiang Mai, and I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to see Thailand's most famous sport.