One of the top things to do in Thailand is to watch a Muay Thai tournament. It’s highly skilled and respected and has gained status as the countries’ national sport; it’s a huge part of Thai culture that many travel far and wide to witness and even take part in. Tournaments in Bangkok can be expensive but I am going to let you in on a little secret, I know a place in Bangkok that hosts weekly tournaments that are free to watch!
The free tournaments are held at the Channel 7 Stadium and are televised. When I visited there were bright studio lights hanging from the ceilings and camera crew are in place to capture all of the action. The tournaments take place every Sunday from 13.45 and every 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12.00. I would suggest turning up an hour or so early to guarantee entry; it’s particularly popular with young Thai men, bookies and tourists alike. Standing entrance is free of charge and VIP seated entrance is 300 Baht (~ £6). However this wasn’t the case last year when I visited, as there was a segregated area where foreigners had the privilege of sitting down for free, however this has since changed.
There’s also the option of Fight Nights at the MBK Centre which are held on Wednesday evenings, which is also free.