There are several places where you can see muay thai boxing and—if you dare (not advisable)—even participate. Locals consider the Friday-night matches at Kawila Boxing to be more authentic than the Thursday-evening ones at Thapae Boxing Stadium, which is more convenient for most tourists. For a more amateur scene, check out the fights on Saturday night at the Loi Kroh Entertainment Complex, on Loi Kroh Road near the Night Market.
Kawila Boxing Stadium. Friday night is fight night at this popular muay thai boxing venue whose grittier location attracts a less touristy crowd than the one at Thapae stadium. The most expensive seats are about B600, so it doesn't cost a fortune to get thrillingly close to the action, which generally but not always starts at 9 pm. Inquire at your hotel or guesthouse how best to get here; the stadium is away from where most tourists stay. Kong Sai Rd., near San Pa Koy Market, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai. 053/296048.
Thapae Boxing Stadium. Professional muay thai boxing contestants square off every Thursday night at this stadium just outside the Old City's Thapae Gate. Matches start at 8 pm. Tickets cost from B400 to B600. Beer Bar Center , Moon Muang Rd., beside Top North Hotel, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200. www.thapaestadium.com.