With Thailand tourism floundering, the Pattaya Floating Market is trying to spark business by offering daily sea boxing matches.
Manager Asanan Sriviroj announced the promotion also aimed at preserving Thai culture Jan. 15. The competitions began at the beginning of the year, with two matches daily at 3.30pm and 5.30pm. Finalists from each month will complete in a year-end competition in hopes of taking home part of 100,000 baht in prize money.
Sea boxing, or “Muay Talay” in Thai, sees boxers sit on a pole suspended over water. The match ends when the first boxer gets wet. The competition is open to Thais and foreigners ages 18-30 years old.
Monthly finalists will take home 500-10,000 baht. Overall champs will win 10,000-30,000 baht.
Pugilists get set to begin a “Muay Talay” (sea boxing) match at Pattaya Floating Market.