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Muay Thai Madness: A Night at Bangkok’s National Stadium thumbnail

I’m not really the world’s biggest sports fan. And by that I mean I will generally do anything to avoid viewing, celebrating, or God forbid participating in, sports. There are some exceptions. Handmade coordinating t-shirts have been known to get me excited about a baseball game, and I recently got pretty swept up in watching my…

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It’s no secret that I’m the unlikeliest fan of Muay Thai boxing. Who would this that this former lazy-bum and current athletics-snubber would fall in fist over gloves for Thailand’s national sport? I’ve written quite a bit about Muay Thai on Koh Tao — from the history and the lore of the fight nights I love…

A hush came over the boisterous crowd as the Thai national anthem came bleating out of the crackling speakers. Spectators rose from their metal bleachers and plastic chairs to pay respect while also glancing toward the staging area to see who would be up first. The air was stale and stifling despite the sun being long…