If you’re in Thailand and want to get some training in, buy some gear, watch some fights, or read up on some news, check out the resources below. This will be a living page of all podcasts, blogs, forums, gear shops, stadiums, etc. in Thailand. The key phrase here is “in Thailand.” If I’ve missed important resources, or I’ve made an error in the article, please let me know in the comments section and I’ll make the changes.
- 1 Podcasts
- 2 Books
- 3 News
- 4 YouTube Channels
- 5 Gym Reviews
- 6 Blogs
- 7 Documentaries
- 8 Stadiums
- 9 Forums
- 10 Gear
- 11 Tours
Middle Aged Muay ThaiMiddle Aged Muay Thai is hosted by Paul Garrigan. In the podcast, Paul talks about the physical and mental struggles surrounding a middle-aged man who decided to quit drinking and start training and fighting in Thailand.
Two Ladies in the Kingdom – Women and Muay ThaiTwo Ladies in the Kingdom – Women and Muay Thai is hosted by Sylvie von Duuglass-Ittu and Emma Thomas. They discuss all things related to the female Muay Thai scene in Thailand, from training to fighting to full-time living in Thailand. They also talk about personal stories of each of their journeys through Muay Thai as Western women in Thailand.
Non-FictionThai Boxing Dynamite It’s not often I recommend “How-To” manuals for Thai boxing. But Thai Boxing Dynamite is more than a how-to manual. It’s part history lesson. When I moved to Thailand I gave my copy away–ironically enough. But I wish I hadn’t. The photos alone of Den Muangsarin at Muangsarin Gym make this book worth buying. Cheers to Zoran Rebac for putting this book toegther. The Fighter’s Heart The Fighter’s Heart isn’t all about Muay Thai. But there’s one part of the book where Sam Sheridan talks about his time training and fighting in Thailand. Before I moved to Thailand, I used to read his chapter on Muay Thai in Thailand to keep my battery charged in between trips. Champions Uprising Champions Uprising is a memoir about the fight career of Chris Romulo. Although the book mostly takes place in New York City, one chapter includes his time spent training in Thailand at Fairtex and fighting and winning the bronze at the world IFMAs.
FictionThe Boxer’s Soliloquy There aren’t many fictional works about Muay Thai in Thailand. But one worth noting is Matt Lucas’ The Boxer’s Soliloquy. The book is comprised of fifteen stories, each revolving around Muay Thai, relationships, and the fighting career of an American fighter who bounces back and forth between America and Thailand.
Muay Thai FocusMuay Thai Focus takes you to the heart of Bangkok. Put together by Rob Cox, Muay Thai Focus covers all the fights at Thailand’s biggest stadiums. You can also check out the Interviews section for an in-depth look at some of the sports central figures. Check out Muay Thai Focus on Facebook.
Siam Fight NewsSiam Fight News covers all the major promotions in Thailand. They also offer insight into the world Muay Thai not found on other news sites. Siam Fight News compiles lists of the current stadium champions. And they post frequent training videos and other Muay Thai related content. Check out Siam Fight News on Facebook.
Muay FarangMuay Farang was originally set up to document the lives of two non-Thai Muay Thai fighters as they fight their way through Thailand’s fight circuit. But the website now covers all the happenings of Muay Thai in Thailand, especially if the news is foreign related. Check out Muay Farang on Facebook.
Muay TiesMuay Ties is a Muay Thai fight video channel run by Timo Ruge. The channel features fights from Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums. But also includes interviews with some of the biggest stars in Muay Thai, like Saenchai. Muay Ties is separated into playlists featuring championships fights, knock outs, and by fighters’ names. One of the most popular videos is a fight between Yodthongchai and Saen, reaching over three million views. Check out Muay Ties on Facebook.
Muay Thai ScholarMuay Thai Scholar‘s gym reviews are detailed. They start off with a rundown of ratings on the necessities: location, facility, hygiene, clinching, padwork, instruction, training partners, and price. Then he gives an overview of his experiences at the gym, followed by a list of pros and cons. Finishing off the review are the training times, notable fighters, photos, prices, maps, and contact info.
Muay Thai Camps ThailandMuay Thai Camps Thailand‘s reviews are less detailed than Muay Thai Scholar’s. But their list of gyms extends into all major areas of Thailand. They cover gyms in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui, Krabi, Koh Phangan, and Issan. Though they don’t list the pros and cons of each gym–something expected of a review site–they talk about location, on-site amenities, and accommodations.
Muay Thai ScholarMuay Thai Scholar is run by Aaron Jahn. His blog details his training and fighting experiences in Thailand. It’s a no-hold-barred, realistic–and sometimes sobering–look at life as a Western fighter living in Thailand. His articles are informative, practical, and well-written. One of his more popular posts is about the 15 Characteristics of the Best Muay Thai Camps in Thailand. It’s a must read for anyone looking for a gym in Thailand.
Muay Thai on The BrainMuay Thai on the Brain was started by Melissa Ray. As a contrast to other blogs, Melissa doesn’t focus the topics of her articles on herself, but rather Muay Thai in general. She promotes her teammates fights, she posts videos and pictures, and she references other articles she’s fond of. One of her more popular posts is Muay Ying in Thailand: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full. In the article she does an excellent job balancing out the topic of being a Western female fighter in Thailand.
Vice Sports Muay ThaiVice.com is known for it’s no-holds-barred-style news stories written from first-person accounts. But Vice also publishes articles on Thailand’s national sport and cultural pastime in their series of Vice Sports articles about Muay Thai. You can learn about Thailand’s Muay Thai festivals, like the Wai Kru Festival; you can read profile pieces on western fighters who fight and train in Thailand; or, in true Vice fashion, you could read about the lives of the writers themselves. Whatever combination of articles interests you, Vice delivers through Vice Sports.
Milk.Blitz.Street.Bomb.Milk.Blitz.Street.Bomb. is run by Laura Dal Farra. It started as a way for her to document life in Thailand as a Western fighter. But the website has since branched out to include articles on other martial arts and the nomadic lifestyle. For a gist of what you can find on Laura’s website, check out her Start Here section. Where other bloggers have painted Thailand out to be a utopia, Laura covers topics like sex and dating and racism. But she balances out those posts with topics on gratitude for her time spent in Thailand.
Muay Thai ProsMuay Thai Pros is another great website documenting life as a Western fighter in Thailand. But what they do so well is tie non-Muay Thai related content into the overall theme of their website. For example, they’ve written articles about driving safety in Thailand and the dangers of the road and where to find paleo-friendly restaurants in Thailand.
Under the RopesUnder the Ropes was started by Emma Thomas. Like the other bloggers, she started the blog to document her life as a Western fighter in Thailand. But her posts also delve into the cultural differences between the West and Thailand. The name Under the Ropes is a reflection of these differences, as women aren’t allowed to climb over the ropes of a boxing gym in Thailand–in some cases. Her blog was made famous by her post about Rape Culture in Thailand, a topic simmering under the surface of Thai society. But she also writes about teaching English and writes gym reviews.
The Fight NationThe Fight Nation once covered mostly mixed martial arts news. But since August of 2017 they began publishing stories about the world of Muay Thai in Thailand. Written by Frances Watthanaya, her series of Muay Thai articles gives readers an up-close account of what it’s like for legends to make their return to the ring, or for transgender fighters to make their mark in the sport.
Prison Fighters: Five Rounds to FreedomPrison Fighters: Five Rounds to Freedom is a documentary based on Thailand’s prison rehabilitation program, which grants freedom to Thai prisoners if they win a series of Muay Thai fights against non-Thai opponents. Cameras follow the life of inmate and convicted murderer Noy Kaophan as he prepares for the fight of his life, a fight not only against American Cody Moberly, but a fight for his freedom and the chance to be reunited with his son. Although controversy surrounds this rehabilitation process in Thailand, after watching the documentary few doubts remain that it’s a cinematic masterpiece with a captivating story.
Blessed With VenomBlessed With Venom is a Muay Thai documentary based on John Wayne Parr’s time spent living, training, and fighting in Thailand. Parr visits his old gym in Nonthaburi and recalls his fights against legendary fighters at Lumpini Stadium. Blessed With Venom was released in Australia and screened at select movie theaters for two weeks. Then Parr made it available to watch for free on YouTube.
A Fighting ChanceA Fighting Chance follows the lives of three fighters as they prepare to fight in Muay Thai: Gong-Prai Sorjintana, Boon-Term Kitmuti, and Sam Sheridan–best known for his books The Fighter’s Mind and A Fighter’s Heart. Each of three fighters fight for their own glory. But which ones will succeed?
Born For The FightBorn for the Fight has become a cult classic in the Muay Thai community. It documents the importance of Muay Thai in Thai society. And the film was put together at the tail end of the Golden Era of Muay Thai, 1997. Both the Thai National Culture Commission and the Tourism Authority of Thailand helped in the filming of Born for the Fight.
Kickboxing KidsKickboxing Kids was put together by Unreported World. The documentary follows young pugilists–some as young as seven years old–as they fight in Muay Thai for money to help support their families. The short documentary has received criticism for its one-sided view. But it’s necessary for Muay Thai enthusiasts to watch as it shows how other people see the sport.
The Fighter’s JourneyThe Fighter’s Journey is my own attempt at filming Muay Thai documentaries. I started this project as a way to tell the stories of Muay Thai fighters in Thailand. The series lasted a few years. Then I stopped filming. But after a brief comeback, I stopped filming the series.
Rajadamnern StadiumTicket Price: 1,000 THB – 2,000 THB Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday Website: Rajadamnern.com
- Thailand’s oldest Muay Thai stadium
- Opened December 23, 1945
- Roof added in 1951
Lumpinee StadiumTicket Price: 250 THB – 2,500 THB Schedule: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday Website: MuaythaiLumpinee.net
- Thailand’s second-oldest Stadium
- Opened December 8, 1956
- Was rebuilt and relocated in 2014
Channel 7Ticket Price: Free (first come, first served) Schedule: Sunday Website: sports.ch7.com
Siam Boxing StadiumTicket Price: 200 THB – 2,000 THB Schedule: Saturday
- Built in 1987
- Known as “Omnoi Stadium”