Muay Thai Fight in Chiang Mai

The Art of the Eight Limbs

Muay Thai is revered throughout Thailand as the country’s national sport.  It is referred to as “The Science of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. With a description such as this Renee and I thought we better go see one of these fights first hand. On our weekend trip up to Chiang Mai (2 hours north by bus) this past weekend we saw a brochure in our hotel to go see a fight for the mere cost of 370 Baht ($11) and it claimed to have real fighting showcased by a Championship round. Now I must warn you that in Thailand nothing is as it appears to be by first sight, especially if it is written in English. As all Westerners alike are seen in the Thai eye as rich.

Upon getting to the fight we realize we are not at a stadium but in fact we are in the Chiang Mai Go-Go Bar district. The fight is in the middle of an alley surrounded by small neon lit bars and at the end it opens up to a larger square were a ring sits in the center. Luckily we managed to get seats ringside and maybe a little unluckily we were situated right next to the intermission performance, a Ladyboy show featuring bad karoke/dancing and a bit of topless viewing of some awfully large chested men.

The fight was everything we wanted and as seen by this clip the championship round ended with a fierce knockout scissor type kick. Lots of fun and again even in the shadiest of areas we still felt as safe as can be. Except…. for the fighter who wouldn’t leave me alone about coming up into the ring and fighting at the end. He stood about 5 foot tall and 110 pounds. His line to me was, “Im so small, I use no power, you fight me, I use no power, you so big, Ill give you 300 baht ($10)”. As you can tell from me writing this I took the smarter decision and did not enter the ring. These guys might be small but one kick would ensure me laying flat out on the mat!


~ by The Piersas on June 18, 2008.

One Response to “Muay Thai Fight in Chiang Mai”

  1. C’mon Vince, “You so big” “Why you no fight litle man?”
    Too funny!
    Your ever thankful you didn’t fight Mama-in-law

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