1180– 1377 EXPERIENCE MUAY T H A I 1584 1180– 1377 1774
The best time to experience and train in Muay Thai would be during the low season between April and October. You will find fewer crowds during this time period and also benefit from low season prices on training and accommodation.
Due to the constant threat of enemy invasions in the Sukhothai era, all males learned the art of Muay Thai. This included members of the royal family. Monks taught Muay Thai at village temples. Under King Naresuan in the Ayuddhaya period, there was the first great upsurge of interest in Muay Thai as a sport; new fighting techniques evolved. Muay Thai moved away from the early combatant roots found in the warfare manual known as the King Prachao Sua, known as ‘the Tiger King’ was instrumental in popularising Muay Thai as he often fought incognito in village contests, beating local champions. While a prisoner of war in Burma, Nai Khanom Dtom single-handedly defeated ten of Burma’s best boxers, which in turn granted him freedom to return back to his homeland. His triumph is celebrated every year on March 17th as National Muay Thai Day.