or Muay Thai is the traditional sport of kick-boxing,
and boxers can use their feet, knees and elbows including their
fists. Its popularity means that fights are held every night around
Bangkok, especially at Ratchadamnoen Stadium
on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road (telephone: (02) 281 4205), every Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday night, while Lumphini Stadium
on Rama IV Road (telephone: (02) 251 4303), on Tuesday, Friday
and Saturday nights.
Kite fighting normally happens in the hot season
where opposing teams fly male Chula and female Pakpao kites in
a battle of the sexes. Visitors can join these fun events most
weekends at Sanam Luang.
Takraw is played with a woven rattan ball where
a circle of men use their feet, knees, thighs, chests and shoulders
to acrobatically pass the ball to each other, trying to keep it
airborne and to kick it into a suspended basket. Tournaments are
held at Sanam Luang.
football league has 2 divisions, premier and the first. Names
of teams include Air Force, Bangkok Bank
and the Navy and Telephone Organisation
of Thailand (TOT). Information on games can be acquired
from the Football Association of Thailand (telephone:
(02) 216 2954).
Tickets for all sporting events can be purchased at the venue
up to an hour before the games begin.
There are a wide range of fitness centres in Bangkok, and many
of which are attached to hotels and are for members only. Daily
membership is available at the Grande Spa and
Fitness Club in the Sheraton
Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Road (telephone: (02) 653
There are a number of superb golf courses in Thailand and some
are open to tourists. The Royal Golf & Country Club
(telephone: (02) 738 0133), is situated within easy reach of the
city, southeast of Bangkok at 69 Moo 7, Sukhumvit 17, Bang Sao
Thong, Samut Prakan. It is best reached by taxi. It features a
stunning 18-hole course, with green fees for visitors of B800
during the weekdays and B1,300 at the weekend. The Rose
Garden Golf Club (telephone: (034) 322 780) is situated
32 kilometres or 20 miles southwest of Bangkok at Tha Talad Sub
District, Sampran, Nakhon Pathom
is reached along National Highway Number 4. It boasts an 18-hole
championship golf course with green fees of B700 during the weekdays
and B1,300 at weekends (closed on Mondays).
With water slides and an artificial surf, Siam Water Park
is located north of Bangkok, on Sukhaphiban 2 Road (telephone:
(02) 517 0075). Nawasri Pool, 209 Ramkhamhaeng
Soi 21 (telephone: (02) 318 0134), is open to non-members.
There are many tennis clubs opening to the public, and those include
Asoke Sport Club, 302/81 Mooban Tawaamit, Asoke-Din
Daeng (telephone: (02) 246 2260); Sawadeeb Soi,
35/5 Soi 31 Sukhumvit Road (telephone: (02) 258 4502); and Central
Tennis Court, 13/1 Soi Attakarn Prasit, Sathorn Tai Road
(telephone: (02) 213 1909).