Thai Boxing (Muay thai) in Bangkok

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By: sachilefever on April 5, 2006 - 5:38am

Thai Boxing (Muay thai) in Bangkok Originally uploaded by sachilefever_twinf.

I remembered why I don't like to watch boxing matches: The sweat streaming down the boxers' bodies while they fight, trainers rubbing sweat into their boxer's muscles during every break, sweat flying into the crowd as one boxer gets in a big punch. I don't even mind people hitting each other, just don't show me all the sweat! It's gross!

Lee wanted to be sure to see Thai boxing, so here we are. We just had some yummy street food outside the arena, and now we're sitting in the foreigners section ringside. There are other travellers to meet here as we listen to the drums and crowds cheer during each round. We all seem to be guessing at the rules and scoring, and cringing at the blood spurting from the head of the boxer in the red corner. It's a cool scene to see the crowd so excited and the drink and numbers runners scurrying through the rows. It's really loud. I'll be surveying the crowd more as the rounds go on...avoiding the visions of sweat splashing on the ropes.

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By: Mark on April 5, 2006 - 8:34am
Think of all the other Thai boxing fans that could only afford the nosebleed sections amidst all the other (likely smelly) boxing fans all packed in like sardines.  You are 1) sitting, and 2) ringside, so life must be tough as you guys "rough it" in the exclusive foreigners section, hehehe.  I can imagine you two being like Wayne's World, where Wayne and Garth walk around showing their backstage passes to everyone.  "Ringside seats... that's us... we're down in front... ringside seats".  Now that Lee has made you go to a boxing match, you gotta take him "ringside" to a Sumo Tournament... hahaha, but instead of sweat, you get salt thrown at you and if you're lucky, an overfed, overpaid and overadmired 400 lb. wrestler will get tossed out of the ring and near your seats.  If only you're so lucky Wink 

By: AG (not verified) on April 11, 2006 - 10:30am

I'd love to be ringside. I often wondered about the pre-fight ritual of  paying homage to ancestral teachers of Muay Thai.  Check out this site


By: Mr. Dr. Admiral Christopher James Morris I Esquire (not verified) on April 5, 2006 - 9:08am
Hey y'all crazy global maniacs what the hell is happening? I have the One Night in Bangkok tune running through my head now-thanks a lot. I just wanted to say hey and that we check your site pretty often but Hollis and I are very bad on the comments so far. We will try to be better. I hope that life is wonderful and you guys are well. We miss knowing that you are two and a half hours north even if we don't see you that often. Take good care and we'll check in. The Morrises
By: Mom (not verified) on April 5, 2006 - 9:19am
Sachi, I agree. I insisted on going to a bull fight while in Mexico. We only stayed for 1/2 of the first fight.Too gross. Poor bulls. I don't like violance or sweat or blood maybe it is the girl in us,I hate to admit to that. Love, Dolores