Legendary Lumphini Stadium may be closed, but Rajamnern Stadium is keeping the art of the eight limbs—as Thai kickboxing is known—alive as it has been since 1945. Get in on the action on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights. Sit ringside in the first class section to get up-close to the fighters—and the bar—plus, snap a photo with the night’s champ. The events start at 6:30 p.m. but there are as many as nine fights a night of increasing skill level, so you can trickle in late. Want in on the high-adrenaline action? Don shiny shorts and sweat it out over an hour lesson in the ring at Chacrit Muay Thai School, run by a former champion. The gym is shaded but is outdoors, so wear your lightest workout gear. Shins, forearms, and knees may take a beating as you learn the moves so let Khun Chacrit know in advance if you have any injuries. After just one super-intense cardio workout infused with 800 years of tradition, you’ll see why people from around the world move here to train.
Rajadamnern is a 20-minute taxi trip from the hotel. Chacrit is a 20-minute BTS ride.
RAJADAMNERN STADIUM: 1 Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd.; +66-2281-4205; rajadamnern.com; Ringside tickets 2,000 baht, purchase tickets at the stadium or reserve online and have the concierge print your receipt.
CHACRIT MUAY THAI SCHOOL: 15/2 Sukhumvit Soi 39; +66-8949-92052; chacritmuaythaischool.com; open Mondays – Saturdays 8:00-12:00 and 14:00-19:00, Sundays 08:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00; one-hour class 800 baht