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BestMuayThai News: 2015-03-17
The news of Suwit muay thai by Bestmuaythai.com on March 17
Thailand Travel and Muay Thai
With sixteen million foreigners flying into Thailand each year, it has become asia's primary travel destination and offers a host of places to visit. Yet, despite this vast influx of visitors, Thailand's cultural integrity still remains relatively undamaged. A country that wittingly avoided colonization has been able to accept western influence without affecting its own rich heritage.
Tourism has been just one factor in the country's development which, since the deep-seated uncertainties surrounding the Vietnam War faded, has been free, for the most part, to proceed at death-defying pace â€“ for a time in the 1980s and early 1990s, Thailand boasted the fastest-expanding economy in the world. Politics in Thailand, however, has not been able to keep pace.
There are several things tourists engage in when visiting Thailand. Some people visit the beach, some museums, temples, palaces, airports, train stations, monuments, and spirit houses.
Let me tell you just a little bit about spirit houses. Although the vast majority of Thais are Buddhist, nearly everyone also believes that the physical world is inhabited by spirits. These spirits can cause trouble if not given enough care and attention, and are apt to wreak havoc when made homeless. Therefore, whenever a new building is constructed â€“ be it a traditional village house or a multi storey office block - the owners will also construct a home for the spirits who previously occupied that land. Crucially, these spirit houses must be given the best spot on the site - which in Bangkok often means on the roof - and must also reflect the status of the building in question, so their architecture can range from the simplest wooden structure to an elaborate scale model of a particularly ornate temple or even a sleek little icon of modernism. Daily offerings of flowers incense and candles are set inside the spirit house, sometimes with morsels of food, but this write up is about Muay Thai which is practically the only thing I am interested in.
Such is the national obsession with muay thai, or Thai boxing, that when Wijan Ponlid returned home from the Sydney 2000 Olympics with the country's only gold medal (for international flyweight boxing), he was paraded through town at the head of a procession of 49 elephants, given a new house and over 20 million baht, and offered a promotion in the police force. Belatedly perhaps, muay thai has recently entered the canon of martial-arts cinema: Ong Bak (2003), Tom Yum Goong (2005) and their various sequels were global box-office hits, and their all-punching, all-kicking star, Tony Jaa, who performed all his own stunts, has been appointed Cultural Ambassador for Thailand.
So when next you travel to Thailand, find a standard muay thai training camp.
Muay Thai , Thai Boxing & MuayThai , Phuket , Thailand
Suwit Gym ( Muay Thai camp ) 15 Moo 1 , Choa Fa Rd , T. Chalong , A. Muang , Phuket , Thailand , 83000
Tel . (66) 76 374313