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Muay Thai, also known as Thai boxing, is Thailand’s national sport and one of the most commonly attended as well. This exciting, highly-skilled martial art is fascinating to watch. Its fighters are highly skilled and really take a beating from stunning hits, kicks, and punches.
You, too, can take in an impressive Muay Thai match in person while you are visiting Phuket. Nothing is more exciting than attending one of these amazing fights in person, hearing the roar of the crowd as they cheer on the fighters. There is crazy music that accompanies these matches and increases the excitement.
Thai boxing matches are five rounds long, but each round only lasts a few minutes. Part of what makes these fights so violent and so exciting is that every part of the body is fair game for the opponents, who use everything except their heads to deliver the blows.
These highly-skilled fighters can complete impressive high kicks and pull off all sorts of interesting and complex moves to hit and thwart their opponent. Punches are actually not a big part of this type of boxing, since knee thrusts and elbow strikes are so much more effective.
Crazily enough, this sport used to be even more violent. Its origins date back to the 1400s, when Thailand and Burma were at war.
The sport is also actually quite ritualized, with special ceremonies like the ram muay dance, which is performed before each fight. Fighters and trainers have a special relationship that is highlighted in such rituals.
If you would like to see one of these thrilling fights while you are in Phuket, check out the Muay Thai in Patong Beach in the stadiums along Soi Sai Namyen.