Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing

Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing
Some countries have their own flighting style to protect themselve, such as Karate in Japan, and Kung Fu in China. The Thai flighting style is Muay Thai.Muay Thai is an ancient Thai matial art. It originated in the Ayutthaya. Nowadays, Muay Thai becomes a kind of sports. Muay Thai takes five rounds per match and three minutes duration. A match is decided by a knockout or by points.

Before starting the match, it is the time of "WAI KHU" dance-the slow motion dance to pay respect to his teacher. The dance shows his appearance and is the way to warm up before the competition, while dancing the boxer wears headband which called Mongkhol in order to bestow luck to the wearer. The headband will be remove after Wai Khu dance by the boxer's trainer.In the match, each boxer will flow out all his ability and flighting skill to win the oponent by using his knees, feet, elbows, and shoulders, and prevent his body from the opponent. From the homage dance to the end of match, Thai musical ban, comprising a Javanese clarinet, drums and cybals, accompanies the match.

Watches and cheers " Muay Thai " is an exciting activity that visitors shouldn't miss. A unique and charming sport of Muay Thai reflects well Thai style and Thai heritage.

Where to see>> Lumpini StadiumAddress : Rama IV RoadFlight Nights : Tuesday and Fridays from 6.30 pm., Saturday afternoons 5-8 pm., Saturday nights from 8.30 pm.Ticket fare : 500, 1,000, 1,500 Baht>> Ratchadamnoen StadiumAddress : Ratchadamnoen Nok AvenueFlight Nights : Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays starting at 6.30 pm., Sundays from 8.30 p.m.-12.00 p.m.and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Ticket fare : 500, 1,000, 1,500 Baht

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The Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace is an important place which you shouldn’t miss visiting. The Grand Palace was built in 1782. It’s more than 200 years ago. Beside the Rayal Chapel (Wat Phra Kaeaw), where the Emerald Buddha is enshrined, there are the principal audience halls. It consists of :

>> Borom Phiman Hall ( Phra Thinang Borom Phiman) was built in the western style in 1909. At present it is served as the Royal Guest House for heads of State and guests of Thai majesties.>>The Chakri Maha Prasat Hall is an impressive building. The hall was constructed in the plans of a British architect in a Victorian Style, but covered with a roof of pure Thai Style.

>>Phra Maha Montian Hall Group consists of three connecting buildings.The Amarindr Vinichai Hall is the anterior part. Originally, it was the formal audience hall where the King met his offiers for state business. Now, it is used for many ceremonies such as the King’s birthdays and Coronation Day. The Phaisal Thaksin Hall is in the middle of Hall group. The Hall contains gorgeous pavilion on which the King appears on the important ceremonies. T he Chakraphat Phiman Hall, the last of the halls, was originally used as a place of residence.

>> The Dusit Maha Prasat Hall is considered as the finest building inside the Grand Palace, the principal function of the hall has been a hall for the lying-in-state of Kings, Queens, and Royal family.>> Aphorn Phimok Prasat was built entirely of wood by King Rama IV. While four levels of saddle roof cover the north and south arms, the shorter east and west arms have only two levels of saddle roof. A prasat spire rises over the intersection. It was built as a changing room to be used before descending a flight of steps onto a platform to mount a palanquin.

Opening Hours: Open to the public everyday, from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.Admission Fee: Baht 200 for foreigners, and free for Thais. The admission fee also includes admission to the Grand Palace.Dress Code: Visitors are required to dress appropriately. Visitors need to wear a long sleeved t-shirt and long skirt or trouser. Sandals (without ankle or heel straps) can not be worn.

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Bankok History

Bangkok, Thailand's capital, was founded in 1782 by King Rama I (named Yodfa Chulaloke). Bankok is called by the Thais “Krung Thep”, which means “City Of Angels”. Bangkok is located on the low-flat plain of the Chao Phya River which flows from the North down to the Gulf of Thailand. In the old days, Bangkok was just a small agricultural and fishing village where people traveled mainly by rowing boats. After Krung Sri Ayuthaya, an ancient capital of 417 years old, was finally conquered and severely destroyed by the Burmese. With patriotism, a nobleman named "Taksin" led Thai people to fight against the Burmese army, and finally managed to drive them out of the country. After the final victory, General Taksin assumed the throne, he decided to establish the new capital called "Krung Thonburi", because Ayuthaya was too large for his small army to protect. He was later named "King Taksin the Great", and ruled over Krung Thonburi for 14 years. Unfortunately, King Taksin was overthrown and executed by a group of his own noblemen.Bangkok was instituted as the new capital in 1782 by Yodfa Chulaloke. Being a far-sighted man, Yodfa Chulaloke saw that Krung Thonburi would be too small to be a great capital in the future; he then moved the capital to another side of Chao Phya Riverbank. The location was then selected with the consideration as a natural defense from enemies and the richness of water for lives earning. Yodfa Chulaloke succeeded the throne and was the 1st Monarch of the present Chakri Dynasty.

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