Siam Boxing Stadium — better known as Omnoi Stadium in the Muay Thai community — is a smaller venue in the suburbs of Samut Sakhon province, just west of Bangkok. But don’t let its size fool you — this stadium emits an energy that you won’t find anywhere else. On the best days, it’s packed with gamblers and features the country’s best up-and-coming Muay Thai fighters.
Siam Boxing Stadium: A Brief History
It all began with the desire to outdo one of Bangkok’s most famed Muay Thai stadiums. In 1984, four Thai businessmen came together to form Siam Boxing Stadium in Samut Prakan — the province just southeast of the Thai capital — as an answer to Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. After Siam Boxing Stadium was built, its fights began airing weekly on Thailand’s Channel 9. But soon after, the television network dropped the Muay Thai show in favor of football (soccer), which was growing in popularity among Thais.
Still, Siam Boxing Stadium continued to develop its own niche in the combat sports world, and it too grew in popularity. Because the venue filled to capacity each week, the owners had a bigger Siam Boxing Stadium built in the Om Noi district of Samut Sakhon, the province just west of Bangkok. Once there, they signed a new deal with Thailand’s Channel 3, and they’ve been broadcasting fights from the stadium ever since.
After the move, Siam Boxing Stadium took on the unofficial name of Omnoi Stadium. And since then, that’s what it has been known as among hardcore fans and purests alike. The venue also made history when it allowed the first-ever female commentator to call the Muay Thai fights. Omnoi Stadium became most popular for its Izuzu Tournaments, which feature the best up-and-coming fighters from around Thailand.
Siam Omnoi Boxing Stadium Event Schedule For January 2024
Siam Boxing Stadium holds fights every Saturday from 12:15 PM to roughly 2:15 PM (depending on when the last fight ends).
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Siam Boxing Stadium Tickets Prices
Tickets prices to enter Siam Boxing Stadium are 200 Thai Baht per person. The stadium never sells out, so it’s better to show up and pay for tickets in person rather than going through an online seller and paying for a markup.
If Rajadamnern Stadium’s gambling section were condensed into one smaller venue, that would be Siam Omnoi Boxing Stadium. The atmosphere at the stadium is hard to rival, as it’s filled with mostly hardcore Thai gamblers and the handful of non-Thais who make their way out to Om Noi. When the gamblers cheer, the sound reverberates all throughout the arena. In other words, you are immersed in it.
Best Seats At Siam Omnoi Boxing Stadium
At Omnoi Stadium, you only have one option for seating — and that’s in the stands. Because the stadium is smaller than those in the heart of Bangkok, Omnoi doesn’t provide ringside seats. But this works out in your favor, as you’ll get to sit with the gamblers and immerse yourself in the gambling atmosphere.
Siam Boxing Stadium Muay Thai Fights
Siam Boxing Stadium holds five-round traditional Muay Thai fights. On any given Saturday, there are seven scheduled fights. The first five fights air live on Thailand’s Channel 3 television network. The fifth fight is the main event. The sixth and seventh fights feature younger up-and-coming fighters. These two bouts aren’t usually televised.
Directions To Siam Boxing Stadium
Siam Boxing Stadium is located in Bangkok’s Omnoi district. It’s at least 45 minutes away from most parts of Bangkok by taxi, depending on traffic. You’ll pay around 300 Thai Baht to get there, including highway tolls. You could also take the MRT Blue Line to Lak Song and then take a taxi the rest of the way, about 15 to 20 minutes down the main road.
If you plan on going to Siam Boxing Stadium, I’d strongly advise to make a day out of it and find something to do at night in the area. If you leave the stadium and try to drive back to Bangkok in the late afternoon, prepare to sit in at least two hours of traffic.
There are no strict dress codes to enter Siam Omnoi Boxing Stadium. That said, Thais tend to dress conservatively when they go to Muay Thai stadiums and there’s a chance they’ll be seen on TV. So they often dress in long pants and button-down shirts or polo shirts. Rarely do they wear shorts to the stadiums.
But this doesn’t mean you have to abide by the same practices. If you wear a pair of shorts and a T-shirt, or a skirt and a tank top, you’ll still be able to enter Siam Boxing Stadium. I’ve found, however, that the more politely you dress, the better you’l be treated. Thais tend to value appearance more so than in the West.
Dos And Dont’s At Siam Omnoi Boxing Stadium
It goes without saying, but always be mindful of a few dos and don’ts while watching Muay Thai at Siam Boxing Stadium in Thailand. Never put your feet on top of anything that people don’t generally walk on. This includes chair-backs and railings but could extend to other things. Also, never throw anything into the ring or try to get close to the ring. Don’t try to enter to the backroom where the fighters warm up. You will be warned at first, but you could possibly be escorted out of the stadium for multiple offenses.
Most importantly, though, remember to have fun. You’ll notice that most gamblers cheer emphatically for the fighters who they place bets on. Although you won’t be gambling, feel free to get behind one of the fighters and cheer for them. Feel free to take pictures and videos of the fights as well. And if you see any of the fighters outside after the event, say hello to them. They are almost always approachable and open to taking pictures with spectators.
Food And Drinks
Vendors do sell some snacks and drinks outside of Siam Boxing Stadium, and on the inside you can choose from a minor selection of pre-cooked, packaged Thai rice dishes. The food won’t knock your socks off, but it does the job if you’re hungry. If you have any special food requirements, I’d recommend that you bring some food and snacks with you.
Final Thoughts On Siam Omnoi Boxing Stadium
If you’re looking for a more intimate Muay Thai experience, then Siam Boxing Stadium might be a better choice than, say, Rajadamnern Stadium or Lumpinee Stadium. You’ll have to travel a ways to get there, and you could wind up spending the entire day in the area, but the experience you walk away with will live with you for years to come.
Hi, I’m John Wolcott, a former long-time English-language Muay Thai commentator who’s been living in Thailand since 2014. Over the last decade, I’ve commentated Muay Thai fights at MAX Muay Thai, Rajadamnern Muay Thai Stadium, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, World Siam Stadium, and more. In 2022 I stepped away from commentating to focus on writing about the sport. Although I still occasionally commentate, my goal nowadays is to share with you everything I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about watching Muay Thai in Thailand so that you can have an unforgettable experience.