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Thai Boxing (Muay Thai)
Is the traditional sport of kick-boxing, where feet, knees and elbows can be used as well as fists. Its popularity means that fights are held every night around the city, particularly at Ratchadamnoen Stadium, Ratchadamnoen Nok Road (telephone: (02) 281 4205), on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, and Lumphini Stadium, Rama IV Road (telephone: (02) 251 4303), on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Kite fighting
Takes place in the hot season where opposing teams fly male Chula and female Pakpao kites in a battle of the sexes. Visitors can these spectacular events most weekends at Sanam Luang. Takraw is played with a woven rattan ball where a circle of men use their feet, knees, thighs, chests and shoulders to acrobatically pass the ball to each other, trying to keep it airborne and to kick it into a suspended basket. Tournaments are held at Sanam Luang.

The Thailand football league has two divisions, premier and the first. Teams have names such as Air Force, Bangkok Bank and the Navy and Telephone Organisation of Thailand (TOT). Information on games can be obtained from the Football Association of Thailand (telephone: (02) 216 2954).

Tickets for all sporting events can be bought at the venue up to an hour before the games begins.

Fitness centres
Many of the centres in the city are attached to hotels and are for members only. Daily membership is available at the Grande Spa and Fitness Club in the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Road (telephone: (02) 653 0282).

Thailand has a number of excellent golf courses and some are open to visitors. The Royal Golf & Country Club (telephone: (02) 738 0133), is located within easy reach of Bangkok, southeast of the city at 69 Moo 7, Sukhumvit 17, Bang Sao Thong, Samut Prakan is best reached by taxi. It has a beautiful 18-hole course, with green fees for visitors of B800 during the week and B1300 at the weekend. The Rose Garden Golf Club (telephone: (034) 322 780) is located 32km or 20 miles southwest of the city at Tha Talad Sub District, Sampran, Nakhon Pathom is reached along National Highway Number 4. It has an 18-hole championship golf course with green fees of B700 during the week and B1300 at weekends (closed on Mondays).

Swimming pools
Siam Water Park north of the city, on Sukhaphiban 2 Road (telephone: (02) 517 0075), has water slides and an artificial surf. Nawasri Pool, 209 Ramkhamhaeng Soi 21 (telephone: (02) 318 0134), is open to non-members.

Tennis clubs open to the public include Asoke Sport Club, 302/81 Mooban Tawaamit, Asoke-Din Daeng (telephone: (02) 246 2260), Sawadee Soi, 35/5 Soi 31 Sukhumvit Road (telephone: (02) 258 4502), and Central Tennis Court, 13/1 Soi Attakarn Prasit, Sathorn Tai Road (telephone: (02) 213 1909).