Five Most Popular Sports in Thailand

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Five Most Famous Sports in Thailand

Are you in search of the most or top 5 popular sports in Thailand? If yes then this blog post is for you. There is always one popular sport in each country so does in Thailand. The tough part about designing this post is knowing what we mean about popular.

For fans, do we use figures of TV viewership? The number of folks who go to watch live events? Use the estimated search volume for different terms every month from Google? No perfect answer exists.

Then there is the participation aspect. Do you believe only registered players? What do kids play at school? What about in courts for public use? Unfortunately, no perfect answer again.

It is popularly known is Thailand’s national sport is Muay Thai.

This blog will provide a brief history of other popular sports in Thailand and the country’s national sports. We will go through the statistics where adequate; however, let’s leave the argument as to what is the best to use.

Football

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Absolutely! Like any other place in the world, football is popular and is counted as one of the country’s national sports. Football first introduced to Thailand in the 19th century and the Thailand FA (1916) get associated with FIFA in 1925 and AFC in 1957.

Fast forward to 2021, the youth love to play football. However, there has not been a considerable international success. Their ranking normally remains outside the top 100. Their best local competition is Thai League 1 in which 18 teams participate.

Whenever you ask a local whom they support, more often than not you will get the answer “Manchester United”. They love (like many across the globe) the English Premier League! You will see scooters’ seat covers covered with a print from a team from EPL.

Futsal is among those sports that are gaining popularity in the 21st century. Thailand is among the premier Southeast Asian teams thus far.

Muay Thai

The Muay Thai origin goes back centuries.

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Today Thailand is seen as the home of Muay Thai along with kids beginning to fight from six years old to young age. As MMA explodes, Muay Thai gives benefit as it is required to be a full-fledged fighter that has seen training camps around Thailand.

There is a popular sport in each country and Muai Thai can be counted as one of the country’s national sports.

Golf

Golf tourism in Thailand is thriving with thousands reaching for affordable golf vacations, add billions to the economy. If you ever have to visit Thailand, you will find a lot of course forms designed by the greats.

There is normally a pro-tour in Thailand, the All Thailand Golf Tour, featuring 11 tournaments.

For all the Thai juniors since the early 2000s, Thongchai Jaidee was a hero. As Jaidee inches closer to 50, Asian John Daly, Kiradech Aphibarnrat has become Thailand’s best golfer.

Other top 200 in the world in the male category (as of May 2018) were:

  • Jazz Janewattananon
  • Poom Saksansin
  • Prayad Marksaeng
  • Phachara Khongwatmai

The female who made a mark on the world stage was Ariya Jutanugarn. She became:

-No. 1 Thai player in June 2017

-The first Thai player to win a major British Open in 2016

Badminton

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Thanks to the lower cost of buying equipment people play Badminton around Thailand. Take a drive into any small Thai town and you will see people hitting a shuttlecock in the middle of the road.

Sepak Takraw

Also called Takraw, it is among the fast-growing sport. Malaysia and Thailand are the regions two powerhouse regions in this sport.

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