Muay Thai in Hua Hin/Cha-Am has a huge following. It is after all, the country’s national sport. And if you want to learn Muay Thai or watch a match while you’re having your vacation, it is possible to do all that even in a small town like Hua Hin and Cha-Am.
Between Hua Hin and Cha-Am, Hua Hin is certainly the place to head on to for nightlife and night activities like Muay Thai watching. Cha-Am only tends to get busy on weekends. Take note, however that Cha-Am and Hua Hin are just 25 kilometers apart from each other from downtown to downtown. The attractions in both districts tend to flow into each other and often, an establishment with a Hua Hin address is actually closer to Cha-Am and vice versa. Thus, it doesn’t make much of a difference if you’re staying in Hua Hin or Cha-Am for the attractions of both can easily be reached from either beach town.
So, if you want to watch Muay Thai in Hua Hin or Cha-Am, you’re in luck. It is possible to watch Muay Thai in two locations in Hua Hin. On Sundays and Thursdays at the Grand Sports Arena just in front of the Grand Hotel, Muay Thai matches are held on a weekly basis. And on Tuesdays and Fridays, Mr Chop Rawee’s Thai Boxing Garden in Poonsuk Road just behind a temple near the City Beach Hotel, holds Muay Thai matches that you can also watch. From 9:00 P.M. till 11:30, both venues host about 5 matches. Tickets at the Grand Sports are typically more expensive than the tickets at Thai Boxing Garden.
If you’re no stranger to the Muay Thai sport or how it is played, you won’t have much need for an English translator. Fortunately, both venues also have English hosts that announce the start of the game, some rules and the basics of the game, so if this is your first encounter of the sport, you can be sure that you won’t get lost in the rulings of the games that are spoken in Thai. Muay Thai, however, is still exciting and entertaining to watch even if you don’t understand much of the rules and regulations. There’s rarely any bloodshed even if it’s there’s full physical contact involved.
Muay Thai or Thai kickboxing is very different from Western boxing. The fighters in Muay Thai may use feet, elbows, legs and knees to hit the opponent. It is also rich in tradition and culture as the ceremonies involved symbolize a lot of things. The fighters in Muay Thai perform several ceremonies and rituals before fighting. Both fighters will perform Wai Kru or a boxing dance to show their respect to their trainers. A Wai Kru is very unique and if both fighters perform the same Wai Kru, they will not be allowed to fight as that would mean they have the same trainer.
Watching Muay Thai in Hua Hin/Cha-Am truly is very interesting and is definitely a good way to pass the night. Local drivers would know where the arenas are and it’s easy to get back to your hotel after.