Dubbed the Pearl of the South, Phuket is one of the world's most famous beach destinations.Thailand's largest and most visited island, the hot spot revolves around and thrives on tourism yet retains a spark of the real Thailand. Here are some of the best ways to spend three days in Phuket.
Patong Boxing Stadium
2 59 Sainamyen Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Phuket, 83150
Tickets for the Patong Boxing Stadium are priced similarly to regional matches in the west, and travelers come from around Phuket to watch the fights here. Choose between VIP, ringside, and stadium seats, all fan-cooled. Stadium seats are the cheapest, but the benches can get crowded and hot on busy nights. Premium-seating options are similar to the seats you’ll enjoy in a movie theater: close to the ring, with waitress service. Saturday nights are most popular with locals.
Things to Know Before You Go
Patong Boxing Stadium is a great choice for martial arts fans.
Betting is technically illegal in Thailand.
The stadium is hard to find. Allow 15 minutes for getting lost if visiting independently.
Opt for ringside or VIP seating in high season (roughly November through February).
Patong Boxing Stadium is not wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Patong Boxing Stadium is down a side street off Sainamyen Road, inland from Patong Beach. It’s about a mile (1.5 kilometers) northeast of the Jungceylon Shopping Center, where the Phuket Smart Bus offers connections to beach resorts around the island. Most travelers will find it easiest to book a package that includes transfers.
When to Get There
The Patong Boxing Stadium hosts fights on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday nights, with Saturday the most atmospheric day to visit. The action starts quite late in the evening, but it’s worth arriving early to allow time for getting lost—and to grab a beer or two. Early arrival is particularly important if you’ve booked a stadium seat.
What Is*Muay Thai*?
The termmuay thai simply means “Thai boxing.” But the sport, which is centuries old, is also known as “the art of eight limbs” because it uses knees, elbows, shins, and forearms as well as hands and feet. The elements that create drama are the explosive power that fighters cultivate in their feet and legs and fighters’ willingness to absorb injury.
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