Established in 1945, Rajadamnern Stadium is the oldest and best-known boxing stadium in Thailand. For more than 70 years it has hosted battles between many of the sport’s greats – both local and international fighters. This is the stage where Thailand’s Muay Thai legends battle it out for title fights and ultimate glory. Rajadamnern Stadium is one of the best places to enjoy the authentic Muay Thai experience and witness this unique sport at its finest. Tourists can choose to sit up ringside to be up close to the action, or experience the noise of the crowd by sitting with the local fans. Either way, you can be at the heart of the action and experience an atmosphere to be savoured. The stadium is located in the old city area of Bangkok, not far from Khaosan Road, and is easily accessible by taxi or car, with little traffic in the area at night. Rajadamnern Stadium hosts fights every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Imprese Italiane All’ Estero-Oriente won the construction contract to build the stadium in 1941. When the foundation stone was laid on March I, the 258,900 baht project then started. The project, not yet completed, was forced to stop during World War II due to the lack of construction supplies. Later in 1944, Mr Pramote Puengsoonthorn, then appointed deputy director of the office of the Crown Property, brought the boxing stadium project into consideration again. He submitted the plan to the director, Col Suwan Phenchan who also agreed and ordered that the construction of the nearly-finished stadium be completed.
When World War II ended, the construction resumed in August 1945. It took only four months to complete and the national boxing stadium was ready for its first match in December 23. Mr Pramote Puengsoonthorn became the first stadium manager and remained in the post until his retirement from the his last position as director of the office of the Crown Property in 1947. Replacing Mr Pramote was Mr Pralart Issarangkura who was then deputy director of the office of the Crown Property. He held the position as stadium manager for two years and was succeeded by Mr Chalerm Cheosakul.
Seeing the inconvenience of holding boxing matches in an open air stadium, Mr Chalerm therefore asked to roof the whole place. M.L. Taweewongse Thawalyasak, then director of the office of Crown Property, agreed and assigned the Christiani & Nielsen (Thailand) Co Ltd to build the roof as well as some additional seats. The well-equipped standard stadium was completed in 1951. During the seven years of operation under the office of the Crown Property, Rajadamnern boxing stadium ran in a loss. The office planned to give up its operation and offered to rent it to any private organization (under the condition that the organization must be owned by Thai).
Mr Chalerm who was still stadium manager, thought that it would not be suitable to let outsiders run the stadium. He, therefore, asked permission from the office of the Crown Property to run the stadium and founded the “Rajadamnern Co Ltd” in May 24, 1953. The Rajadamnern Co Ltd has since organized boxing matches at Rajadamnern boxing stadium, expanded its infra structure and gradually developed it so that it has now become one of the world-renowned boxing stadium and an institution of Muay Thai in Thailand.
We were all a bit surprised how much we enjoyed ourselves. As a family with two teenage girls I was unsure if the night would be a success.... it was!! The rituals, the dance, the music and of course the fights. Very interesting and worthwhile. We bought club seats online expensive but we all agreed well worth it!
Feel the atmosphere of THE sport in Thailand.... Grab some VIP Places (Around 2K B) and enjoy a night of fights, from 7pm till 10.30pm.... I really enjoyed the night, even though I am not into fight sport
I purchased the basic ticket, as the other choices seem a bit to much compared to basic. Also went to boxing while in Chang Mai, and this event every round was much better matched fights than Chang Mai, and more fights as well.
Nothing felt better. It is an amazing experience. When booking, bargain for a discount, you can always get around 20% and more if you are a group. Don't take the ringside, take the Club class, it is cheaper and offers better view. Do not miss it!
Went there by private transport and bought our tickets at the entrance.They are pricey at 1800THB for ringside (neck-strainer) and 1500THB for club seats (plastic seats compared to concrete ones,next lower level).Club seats are just at eye-level and are not far out as the stadium itself isn't that big.Paying by credit card is possible but they charge a ridiculous 200THB per ticket as a service charge!So,bring enough cash or use the conveniently placed ATM which also charges 200THB but per withdrawal.Just go in and enjoy their traditional martial arts even if you are not into contact sport.It can be a 'been there!seen That!' kinda experience.
What a night out this is. We bought the Club class tickets are had a view just above the top rope centre of the ring. 9 fights of a great standard and a truly amazing spectacle. The action inside the ring and about in the local standards is amazing to watch. The crowd cheering and the interaction with the book makers is a special thing to see. Staff bring beer and snacks to you in your seats and it is all reasonably priced. We loved the atmosphere and the whole experience.
As with many main attractions if you do it on your own it will be so much cheaper. No hassle outside the stadium, staff on hand to advise you. Credit card accepted. The view from tier three is brilliant and you are free to move around. Unless you are particularly into the sport it is the experience of being there that you go for. And I have to say it was a great night well worth a visit.
It was such a great experience to me and my family visiting this boxing stadium and watching Thai boxing! Love the airr!
Came and saw a few fights - very impressed with the conditioning of these guys! "Club Class" seats worked well for me. Excellent view of the whole ring - which would not be possible from ringside I think.
1 Ratchadamnern Nok Rd, Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10200