Muay Thai (or 'Thai Boxing') - Thailand's national sport and universally popular martial art - is as important in Chiang Mai as it is in any other part of the country.
Although the leading Muay Thai stadiums and the biggest fights are in Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a great destination for Thai Boxing fans. There are a number of places where you can see fights and, like Bangkok, many training centres cater for foreigners. Judo, Aikido, Tae Kwan do and other martial art training is also available.
At your leisure
If you are in Chiang Mai on an extended trip you could consider checking more Thai Boxing and martial arts venues.