Thailand, the beautiful land of
smiles, is also a land of fun and exciting sport
Tourists coming to this gorgeous country
enjoy a wide range of sports from native sports to
international sports. For international sports,
there’s golf, rugby, soccer, football,
weightlifting, and Taekwondo.
For native sport,
there’s the Sepak Takraw and the the more popular
Muay Thai or Thai Boxing.
Takraw is a Thailand native sport similar to soccer
It is similar to volleyball because
of its use of a ball being thrown back and forth
over a net in between two competing teams.
It is similar to
soccer in its use of the feet, instead of the hands in
hitting the ball. It differs from the two sports because
instead of the synthetic leather-made ball, it uses a
rattan-made ball. Other than the feet, Sepak Takraw players
also use their chest, knees, and even their heads in kicking
or hitting the rattan ball over the net.
This native sport has also become popular in
neighboring Asian countries.
On the other hand, Muay Thai or Thai boxing is
known to be the specialty or expertise of Thailand
After all, it is Thailand’s national sports. Muay Thai is a kind of martial arts that uses strong
punches, kicks, and strikes with the elbows and
It is somewhat a combination of the Western
boxing and Asian martial arts. Due to the
similarity, Thailand enjoys a winning edge against
other countries at the Olympic Games when it comes
But with the
growing range of sports interest in the country, Thailand
has been increasing its chance for Olympic medal in other
sports categories over the years.Thailand people’s
love for sport is evident in the huge multi-purpose stadium
it built in Bangkok—the Rajamangala National Stadium.
stadium in Bang Kapi, Bangkok, can accommodate up to
65,000 audiences. It was built huge to serve as a
venue for the Asian Games of 1998. Today, it is
being used for football games and serves as the home
court of the Thailand National Football Team.
has also gained some popularity in other sports.
These days, it is already considered as the Golf
Capital of Asia because of its numerous classy golf
courses. Today, there are around 200 or more golf
courses in the country and they have attracted golf
players from all over the globe. Thailand has also
grown accustomed to hosting prestigious golf
Since Thailand has so many beautiful
beaches, water sports have also grown in popularity.
Tourists would sometimes come for diving, sailing,
windsurfing, and deep sea fishing.