As a keen cyclist I’m a huge fan of being active and staying healthy. I love to pursue as many outdoor activities as possible and visit the local parks wherever I am. For me, park life gives an incredible insight into a country’s culture. People-watching is a personal hobby, and in the park you get to see a wonderful variety of normal people relaxing, unwinding and being themselves.
The park, no matter what country you’re in, is also a place you can see an abundance of sporting activity and whenever I’m in visiting a new country I’m always amazed by the variety of sports I’ve never seen before happening around me. During my years living in Vietnam for example, I never tired of seeing locals playing Da Cau, a game where a small feathered shuttlecock is kept in the air as long as possible with any part of the body except the hands. I often lost track of the hours as I watched the feathered ball metonymically fly back and forth through the air - it was almost hypnotic.
For me, taking in a sporting event can prove every bit as insightful as trying a local dish or visiting a temple or museum, especially when it’s a sport that reflects the nation in a unique way – Sumo for example, which is steeped in tradition and is almost theatrical in its presentation, can only be truly experienced in its country of creation, Japan.
If you’d like to read more about the exotic and unique sports of Asia, have a read of my latest blog.
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Watch Muay Thai boxing in Bangkok
Come here to watch the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai boxing. A violent blend of punching, kicking, and ritual. A really unique cultural experience that should not be missed. You will be surrounded by gambling Thais who cheer on every punch.
Every driver in Bangkok knows where this place is. Ringside seats are around 2000 Baht. It's worth every penny.