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MUAY THAI BOXING

Asia

Sep
21
2009

BANGKOK

September 19th, 2009

Another stellar suggestion from Maria, the MUAY THAI BOXING is a must-do when visiting Bangkok. Be sure to go to the fights at Lumpini Stadium and sit up front (VIP) for all the action – including the splatters of blood and sweat.  Be sure to check the listings for which nights have fights but I recommend going to the late night ones that begin at 8:30pm after dinner and indulging in a raucous, beer-fest entertainment of high-level kickboxing.

The ring where it all goes down

The ring where it all goes down

The bleachers in the back are reserved for betting and would be fun to engage but a commanding knowledge of Thai seems to be necessary. Another fascinating facet is watching the fans or family of the fighters – especially the younger ones – shouting their encouragement in shrill tones after each and every move. Oh and be sure to hit the shop outside and pick up your very own pair of Muay Thai shorts – they make great casual ware, if not a colorful statement to the everyday gym short.

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Round House in motion

Round House in motion. Also - please note the sign on the ring. So much for the halftime show

The fighters seemed to get older with each round but I doubt they ever exceeded 145 lbs

The fighters seemed to get older with each round but I doubt they ever exceeded 145 lbs

This girl was screaming her head off - no, seriously. I have video and will figure out how to post it to this image asap

This girl was screaming her head off - no, seriously. I have video and will figure out how to post it to this image asap

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Published by Meg, Monday, September 21, 2009 No Comments

BANGKOK BEAUTIES

Asia

Sep
21
2009

BANGKOK

September 19th, 2009

Upon a suggestion from the lovely Maria at the Four Seasons Bangkok, I headed out to see the famed KATHOEYS (Lady Boys) of Thailand perform. I went to the latest evening performance at MAMBO Cabaret, which was recommended as having the best looking ladyboys around though, I beg to differ. The one I saw later on the Skytrain put some of these performers to shame. Alas, I am not sure if it was the best cabaret show out there – the audience was fairly low and heavily Japanese tourist populated but, the costumes were fabulous and the beauty of the main star, Tiffany, was impressive. If you want to look more beautiful just visit this blog Make up trolley for some tips. Overall the it was well worth the admission price (800 baht = 24 dollars) and I was satisfied, if not bemused.  Perhaps others can offer up better ladyboy shows.

The colorful costumes

The colorful costumes

Oh the theater of it all

Oh the theater of it all

Tiffany - the prettiest ladyboy in the show

Tiffany - the prettiest ladyboy in the show

Um, this one isn't fooling anyone

Um, this one isn't fooling anyone

For my fellow “The Birdcage” fans – my fantasy of seeing the Thai Starina was sadly unfulfilled.

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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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