No Muay Thai fights at Rajadamnern Stadium during October

There will be no Muay Thai fights at Rajadamnern Stadium in Bangkok during the month of October. The fights will resume again on 1st November 2017. The announcement was made on the Facebook page of Rajadamnern Stadium citing a letter circulated by the government. This apparently said that due to the funeral of King Bhumibol during October, all “celebration and entertainment will be paused during this period”. Another source cited that the government had rescinded all “gambling permits” for Muay Thai stadiums. As these fights effectively live on underground betting, it is expecting that most stadiums will follow suit. However, there still does seem to be a few fights going on this month. Though most likely without any betting or financial rewards.

From what I understand so far, entertainment and the serving of alcohol is allowed to continue during October, though it should be done behind closed doors. It is possible that the decision to voluntarily close Rajadamnern Stadium for one complete month will force other owners of entertainment venues to close their doors too. I have already heard from some bars that they plan to close during the week of the funeral, from 25-29 October.

 

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  • October 4, 2017 at 2:39 am
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    I will be in Bangkok from 10/19-10/22 and was really hoping to see a Muay Thai fight. Do you have any additional information about where/when the other fights you mention will be going on this month? Maybe at smaller stadiums?

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