Who Loves Muay Thai in Thailand? A Digital Map of Muay Thai Interest

The above is a heat map that works as a kind of answer to the question “Who Loves Muay Thai in Thailand?” As well as a listing of the...

The above is a heat map that works as a kind of answer to the question “Who Loves Muay Thai in Thailand?” As well as a listing of the top provinces on that map. The data comes from Google search data for the Thai term มวยไทย (Muay Thai). Nothing is very surprising here because Isaan in the North-East is known as the hotbed of Muay Thai, and Chiang Mai in the North has a very vibrant Muay Thai scene. The area that westerners are least familiar with may be farther south. Interestingly, the top province is Nongbualamphu, which is where I fought my first ever televised fight a few years ago.

This picture was grabbed by my husband Kevin, as well as the time lapse video capture below. It came out of the Roundtable conversation on whether Muay Thai was growing in popularity in the world. He suggests that what is being shown in the video is really the spread of internet access and the growth of mobile to the outlying provinces, where Muay Thai has it’s deepest fan base. I’ve not fought in the South yet – though I’d really love to –  but I’ve a lot in the North and about 15 times in Isaan.

 

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A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see patreon.com/sylviemuay

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