nothing-conservative-about-khmer-kickboxing

nothing-conservative-about-khmer-kickboxing

Boxing in a general sense is deemed to be an ugly and bloody sport. That is not the case with Khmer kickboxing that combines traditional local music with the sublime bow of skills these fighters possess. Indeed the CTN Angkor stadium in Siem Reap boasts the setting for tourists to live like a local for a couple of hours. Whilst Cambodians might not have significant sums of disposable income, it is not evident in this environment. Indeed their wallet might feel lighter (or heavier) depending on the success rate of their wagers on various boxers winning their bouts.

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you-wont-miss-any-of-the-action-if-you-travel-by-tuk-tuk

Nicknamed the ring of champions, fighters perform their pre-match rituals to bring about a focus and serenity. The bouts take place every Monday and Wednesday in the presence of expectant locals. Indeed the demand far exceeds the supply with queues forming so far back it appears to be a train of passengers from a distance. Indeed locals see this event as a way of life.  As a tourist you are directed straight to the VIP seats where you are in the company of TV cameras and presenters alike to get the goosebumps going ahead of the first bell to signal match time.

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champion-advert-for-a-champion-show

Unlike conventional boxing which can be slow and conservative, these Khmer kickboxers keep the crowd gripped to the action with their spontaneous approach and flare. Indeed there is an artistic element to the way fighters defeat one another. Enjoy a chilled Angkor beer whilst watching the festivities unfold and do not be surprised if you find yourself back again at the best seat in the house not before long.

no-such-thing-as-a-bad-view-in-this-arena

no-such-thing-as-a-bad-view-in-this-arena

About Ranjit Shergill

I love opinions whether I agree or disagree with them and as such writing presents me with the golden opportunity to share my views across a large landscape of readers. My aspiration is to draw viewership from all backgrounds, thereby reaching out to a worldwide audience. Whilst on a flight to India when I was seven years old I sang jingle bells for the whole duration of the flight. This subsequently led to my growing interests in aviation and indeed travelling. I currently work in Sports Analytics and see my job as a privilege getting to watch sport which most followers would do for free! It is safe to say that I am addicted to travelling, whether it be going on off the beaten track experiences that I endured during my trip through the backroads of Central America or going on city bike tours in glamorous settings such as the River Danube. I embrace cultural hotspots and feel that travelling combines exciting adventures with humbling life experiences. I currently reside in my hometown of Harrow in London, United Kingdom. Given that London is one of the most visited and storied cities in the world, I feel very privileged to have grown up in such an environment. !