Let’s Get Ready to RUMBLE!


The one thing you cannot miss if you are in Bangkok is Friday fight night at Lumpinee stadium. I actually planned my time in Bangkok to make sure I was there for a Friday.

The last time I was here, I shot the fights but I didn’t have my principle lens (Canon 70-200L F2.8 IS) This time around I made sure I had it with me.

As I took my seat, the first fight was already underway. I had just finished getting settled when one of the fighters was knocked out. Yep, this is going to be a great night!

Before each match, the fighters do a ritualistic dance around the ring with garlands of flowers around their necks as a traditional Thai band plays music. The music continues through all of the fights and makes the whole experience feel very authentic. The first video below shows a part of the dance from my front row seat.

Because of the size of my rig, most of the staff at the arena thought I was a sports journalist and let me go wherever I wanted. I was even up on the steps of the ring during a fight at one point.

The feeling in the arena was unlike any other sporting event I have ever attended. The crowd was in a trance during the fights, screaming when any punch, kick or knee is landed. The atmosphere was electric and I could not stop smiling as I looked around. The local spectators are betting on each match, so this could be a big pay day for some of them. You can tell from their reactions to the hits! I uploaded a video so you could have a look at what I am talking about. The second video below shows the last minute of the main event and you will see that the crowd was going bananas!

Pre-Fight Tradition

Pre-Fight Tradition

Pre-Fight Tradition

Pre-Fight Tradition

Pre-Fight Tradition

Pre-Fight Tradition

Pre-Fight Tradition

Pre-Fight Tradition

Old School Music and Technology

Old School Music and Technology

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FbqeXGpajk[/youtube]

Round One... Fight!

Round One... Fight!

Lumpinee Fight Night

Lumpinee Fight Night

Electric Crowd

Electric Crowd

Locker room post fight and trainers screaming into the ring

Locker room post fight and trainers screaming into the ring

Between Rounds

Between Rounds

Different angles

Different angles

More Tradition

More Tradition

A Great Night!

A Great Night!

A locker room that reeked of Tiger Balm

A locker room that reeked of Tiger Balm

A Packed House on a Friday Night

A Packed House on a Friday Night

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reCaThNB8mo[/youtube]


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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