Muay Thai, sometimes known as kickboxing, is growing in popularity among international martial arts fighters. During last year’s Muay Thai day celebrations in Ayutthaya, over 800 Muay Thai fighters from 60 countries around the world attended the event. Many of these fighters are also coming to Thailand to study Muay Thai. According to statistics just released by TATIC, most foreign students in 2016 came from the UK (11,219 students). This was followed by Australia (6,800 students) and France (5,852 students). The most popular place for them to study Muay Thai was Phuket (38%), followed by Bangkok (28%) and Surat Thani (16%).
Top Ten Muay Thai International Students in 2016
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand