The Most Popular Sports in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia and in the world. This kingdom is known for the beautiful beaches, dense jungles, wild nightlife, tasty cuisine and pleasant people who live there. These are also some of the reasons why people travel o Thailand so often. But, in the recent period many people are traveling there to watch certain sports events, participate in them or engage in training classes.
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and it seems that this is the first association when someone mentioned Thailand and sports. Thai boxing is a genuine form of kickboxing in Thailand. It involves punches, elbows and knee strikes and kicks. Participants fight in a ring and they use gloves that look almost the same as gloves used by Western boxers. In fact, Thailand managed to get several medals on the Olympics in boxing category although they’ve sent Muay Thai fighters.
In the past two decades another sport that is popular worldwide is slowly challenging the popularity of Muay Thai. Of course, we are talking about the planetary phenomenon called football. According to some statistics the number of football fans is close to the number of Muay Thai fans although this doesn’t mean that a lot of Thais who like Muay Thai don’t follow football or vice-versa. Thais are especially fond of the English Premier League.
Muay Thai is not the only native sport in Thailand. Takraw is a Thai sport in which players hit and pass a rattan ball by using their heads, chests, knees and feet. Sepak takraw is another sport involving a ball and it is similar to Western volleyball. This sport is popular in the region and the matches between different countries gain much attention.
Thailand is a popular golf destination although this sport is mostly played by tourists and foreigners who live in Thailand. On the other hand, rugby is getting more and more followers and the national rugby team of Thailand has shown a tremendous progress in the past few years. This is a university sport in Thailand and it is really popular among students.

The Best Thailand Sport – Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a martial art and a sport which holds international interest. The techniques include using the entire body like elbows and fists and feet and the knees. However the basic training of Muay Thai has punch, elbow and kicking techniques.
This sport needs a lot of physical and mental strength. This improves the focus of the aspirant which is useful during the match. There are many types of techniques like the clinch which is exclusively used in this sport. The fighter applies it by holding the opponent around the body and even around the head and the neck. He also has to press his forearm against the collar of the opponent while his other hand holding is head. Such strength and power is needed to fight in Muay Thai.
The training camps for Muay Thai are available across the globe as there is great popularity for this sport. But the training camp at Thailand is considered to be the best as it provides the right ambience to the aspirant.

 
For many Thai people it is a source of living. Thailand has a lot of passion for this sport and there are high numbers of matches held in Thailand. This gives an opportunity for the Muay Thai aspirants to try their hand at the sport and get recognition and rewards.
Muay Thai is also taken up by fitness freaks who want to stay fit as always. This sport needs a lot of energy to play. It makes you use the body to a great extent and also helps to know your limits. The discipline needed for learning this sport is very necessary. This also makes the person responsible and streamlines their life and daily routine. Muay Thai is a very popular sport and the Thai people are simply crazy for it. There is a festive environment when a match of Muay Thai is being played in Thailand.

 

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His Majesty the King has extended good wishes to Thai people in his New Year’s card released last night, with the words “May you be blessed with pure perseverance, sharp wisdom and complete physical health.”

The words are from “The Story of Mahajanaka”, a book written by the King. Another message says: “May you have happiness and prosperity. Happy New Year.”