The country has hosted the MotoGP since 2018 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram. Additionally, the country has gained recognition for hosting the Thailand Rally, which is part of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and has featured stages on both tarmac and gravel roads. Thailand has produced several notable drivers in international competitions, including Alexander Albon, who has competed in Formula One, and Sandy Stuvik, who has won multiple championships in various racing series.

  • In Thailand, a 17-year-old teenager, 23savage, was recognized by Fnatic as a promising player in the region.
  • In addition to male players, Thailand also has a notable female player, Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who made history by winning the 2022 World Women’s Snooker Championship in Sydney, Australia.
  • The 23 years old Muay Thai sportsman started practicing the art of Muay Thai from a very early age.
  • Surat Thani Chak Phra Festival and Boat Races (October) is also a major event.
  • One-in-two ESports fans play games on their PC, while console gaming is least common (45%).

The sports ecosystem often relies on subjective perceptions about fans, rights holders and brands instead of hard data to effectively analyse the relationship between fans and sponsorship. Runchita Srivoravilai, Director, Nielsen Thailand says, “Sport in Thailand is continuing to expand. That’s why it’s crucial that brands and sellers of media know where, how and what these consumers are viewing as a way to reach and maintain relationships with them.” This is where holistic consumer data tools become indispensable. As audiences continue to grow, so does their appeal towards sponsoring brands. More than 60% of sport audiences not only recognise sponsor brands, but have positive perspectives towards the brand sponsors. What’s more impressive is, 65% of the audience agrees that brands that sponsor sport gain appeal with them.

Though it has vicious graphics, this sport is one of the most viewed in the world. More than 5.6 million people watch an average high-profile fight, excluding those thousands in the arena. MMA is also taking very large bets from a passionate Thai audience. Boxing betting is a massive industry, just like in its near neighbor, in the Philippines. For the millions of boxing fans in Thailand, each main event is a reason to gamble a little bit of money on their top fighters.

First developed as a sport in Medieval times, when boxing was included in military training, Muay Thai has since grown into an art form handed down through the ages. According to the statement of the Thai government, longboat racing is a representation of the Thai people’s connection with the water. The use of longboats has been evident in Thai culture for a long time for transportation and defence, Thai people have depended on the longboats from time immemorial.

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Apart from kite fighting, boat racing, bullfighting, water bull race, there are many other traditional sports that the Thai people love and enjoy. Sepak takraw is another conventional Thai sport that incorporates the use of the hands and arms of the players. Motorsports in Thailand have grown in popularity,[48] building on the legacy of pioneers such as Birabongse Bhanudej, the first Thai and Asian racecar driver to race in Formula One.

The Thai League 1, is the top professional football league in the country. Some of the most popular and successful teams in the league include Buriram United, Muangthong United, and Chonburi FC. The Thai players perform well in many international sports events like The Olympics. The Thai people generally choose the European teams and players for team-based games like football.

In Thailand, a 17-year-old teenager, 23savage, was recognized by Fnatic as a promising player in the region. He started to play in a professional esports league at an early age, competing with other pro players. Historically speaking, Thai people knew the sport way back in 1897. However, even with a long history of said sport, Thailand is just new to the professional league. But, this does not eliminate the fact that Thais are big fans of football.

In mixed doubles, Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai. The two most prestigious stadiums for Muay Thai matches in Thailand are the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium and Rajadamnern Stadium, both located in Bangkok. These stadiums have hosted some of the biggest Muay Thai fights in history and are considered the pinnacle of the sport.