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Comment by josh — April 18, 2009 @ 5:25 pm
Just about every night in Bangkok they have Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing matches at one of two different arenas. We went to Lumpini Boxing Stadium for some Tuesday night fights.
The way there proved difficult. We took the public boat south, then were going to walk to the subway station. However, as soon as we got off the boat it started monsooning. Our map dissintegrated, and we couldn’t find the subway. As a proposed shortcut, we hailed a tuk tuk. However, with the protesting in Bangkok added to the normally horrendous rush hour traffic, it took us a couple hours to get to the stadium. Luckily we didn’t miss much.
There are two preliminary fights, and then seven or eight main fights. Each fight has five three minute rounds, with fighters in red and blue corners. The fighting is mostly knees and kicks, with some punching and grappling around. As non-Thais we got ringside seats and lots of attention from the beer vendors.
Comment by Julee Windmiller — April 19, 2009 @ 4:23 am
I think after all that trouble to get there, after all the
Muay Thai I would enjoy a nice Mai Thai!
Comment by Clara — April 19, 2009 @ 10:47 am
You’re seeing all types of cultural events. I’d pass on the boxing, but it does give you insight into the culture of Thailand–and the monsoon and rush hour traffic. I’ve been wondering about the political unrest in Bangkok might affect you. Have fun! How long do you think you’ll stay in Thailand? Where too next?
Comment by josh — April 21, 2009 @ 12:12 am
We were in Thailand for 15 days, which was the length of our visa. Next to Laos, then Vietnam.
The protesting in Bangkok didn’t effect us negatively, but it was very obvious it was going on. Mainly just lots of people in red shirts standing around protesting, blocking streets and things. Luckily we were able to fly out.
Comment by dadman — April 22, 2009 @ 2:45 am
Thanks for all the pics you’ve put up recently!! And for the story about your trip to the stadium. Did you take any pictures on the way there?
Comment by Peg — April 22, 2009 @ 7:19 am
What a walk! Glad it paid off and that you didn’t miss much. (Your monsoon-disintegrated map reminded me of your first interview at Praxis. ) What a cultural thing to see. And ringside seats–cool!
Comment by josh — April 22, 2009 @ 11:01 am
haha had forgotten about that first Praxis interview. No photos from the journey. I was too frustrated it was taking so long in the Bangkok traffic.
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