Khmer Kickboxing Siem Reap
Khmer Kickboxing Siem Reap
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Kbach Kun Boran Khmer Pradal Serey, traditional Cambodian free fighting, better known as Kun Khmer and to the world as kickboxing, has come to Siem Reap. You can find it carved on the temple walls and now, thanks to CTN, you can see it live in the ancient capital of Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder. Kun Khmer is Cambodia's national sport. For proof, just see how much kickboxing goes on in the modern capital, Phnom Penh: six television stations broadcast weekly tournaments, with CTN alone broadcasting three days of kickboxing live from its arena on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. That's over 50 live bouts of traditional kickboxing every week, or more than 200 a month. But, until now you had to be in Phnom Penh if you wanted to see regular Khmer boxing live in person. That was until CTN opened its brand new Angkor Arena in Siem Reap on the road to Angkor Wat. Now you can see some of the biggest names in Kun Khmer take each other on in the square ring for five rounds of one of the toughest stand-up contact sports in the world. Neak Pradal (boxers) may strike each other with their fists, elbows, knees and feet.They may not strike the groin or the back or top of the head.They may grapple (clinch) each other during a bout.If grappling boxers fall to the mat they must disengage.They may not hold the ring ropes for support.They may not strike an opponent lying on the mat or who has three limbs touching the mat.A bout can end by doctor-stoppage, referee stoppage or knock-out.If a bout lasts five scheduled rounds the winner will be decided by the judges' scores.All bouts will be accompanied by traditional music.Tickets can be purchased from Beyond Unique Escapes!
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Gonzalo C
Sunshine Coast, Australia35 contributions
Solo
go for it! crazy skills! great atmosphere, 100% heart in all fighters. This is a must if you are in cambodia.
Written 19 September 2016
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STopey
Tom Price, Australia412 contributions
Family
We are a family with 3 boys and one of them is one belt away from black belt in Tae kwon do & husband used to box so when planning our holidays I thought this is a must.
It did not dissapoint, we arrived 30 mins before showtime and had front seats. There were 5 fights from 315-6-15pm which were televised on a Wednesday. Fighter were great as well & happy to pose for a picture :)
Written 22 December 2015
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sawtellrob
Sawtell, Australia194 contributions
Friends
I must admit I was a reluctant participant in this but was totally enthralled by the sights and sounds. The fighters are very skilled and fight in a very controlled environment, accompanied by lovely traditional music. The crowd ooh and ahh with each successful kick or punch and judges score these to determine the winner. As equally entertaining are the gestures between members of the audience and money changing hands at the end of the fight. It was great to just be a part of the crowd. Highly recommended
Written 27 September 2015
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robin338
Singapore, Singapore239 contributions
I liked this place very much because many of my friends used to perform at the nightly Khmer boxing show here. IT costs USD$10 per person and the show lasts about 45-60 minutes. The nightly shows are usually not crowded and free seating so you can get a good view. They do allow photos and at the end of the show, the boxers are happy to take photos with you. The commentor is a Westerner so all comments during the show are made in English. Unfortunately, the place did not get as much promo as it should have and as of March 2015, they have taken away the nightly shows. I think the daytime real local boxing that takes place on selected days of the week are still on, but these are usually full and attended by the locals who bet on the boxers. Khmer boxing unfortunately is still not well received by foreign tourists, who on average spend only 2-3 nights in Siem Reap - usually one night is spent with the more popular Apsara dancing shows and the other 2 usually on exquisite dinners or shopping at Pub Street. I am not sure if they will restart the nightly boxing shows in November when the tourist season picks up. In Siem Reap, many hotels/ attractions lay off staff during April to September/ October when the tourist load is low.
Written 6 September 2015
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Ellie
Greymouth, New Zealand106 contributions
Couples
We visited Siem Reap in July 2015- and this was on the must do list!! We attended the fights on a Wednesday afternoon - picked up some prebooked tickets(via our receptionist) at the arena on the way back from Kebal Spean.

One of our hotels tuktuk drivers was going to the fights anyway so we hitched a ride with him- he made sure we got in allright and had good seats. He went off to find his friends and have a bet - while we soaked up the atmosphere.

The venue is packed with locals - and a few in the know tourists. Fights start around 3.15 pm so go early for good seats.

5 scheduled fights - with the third one being the drawcard. Winning fighters collect cash from the crowds afterwards. good chance for a selfie.

Be prepared for loud cheering, gambling and strange but fitting music...general rowdiness...Oh!! and excellent fighting!!

its all over by 5pm and everybody heads home-chaos!! Don't miss it!!
Written 15 August 2015
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Donella R
Timaru, New Zealand143 contributions
Family
We went yesterday (Wednesday, 13 August 2015 from 3.15pm to 5.30pm). We got a ticket from a tourist agency outside our hotel (although people seemed to think it was very odd we wanted to go!!). The tuk tuk driver had a good laugh that myself (a female was going with my partner and 7 year old). On Wednesdays it is televised and there are special "A" seats for the tourists (only about 10 seats), we got there too late at 2.50pm so sat on the seats with the locals, but this was still a really good view. There was a drinks tent outside with cold cokes for $1us. I enjoyed the fights, they were really professionally done, the fighters had great spirit. Our 7 year old was a bit bored (so he said) but he mostly HATED all the smokers there. I didn't find it too bad, but if you too hate cigarette smoking you too will not enjoy this. I'm glad we went, was a good afternoon. It was $15usd for adults and free for our 7 year old. Tuk tuk cost about $3usd to get there.
Written 13 August 2015
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MW46Jackson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia129 contributions
Family
It is hard to imagine a more elegant sport, beginning when the boxers pray and offer homage to the audience, the spiritual world, and each other. The round begins when the orchestra plays. The boxers move their arms and legs to the beat of the music, and suddenly they burst forth in a fierce attack of fists and feet, pelting each other in a storm of blows And then back to rhythmic dance. It shows that at its best sports and art are indivisible.
Written 8 July 2015
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ElissaKate
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Wednesday afternoon sees the fights televised on Cambodian television...and they are the real deal!
We loved our afternoon at the kickboxing- well worth the $15 entry fee. Upon entry we were taken to the 'VIP Area' (pretty much a stage area so they could put the Westerners on TV) and it provided an awesome view of the ring.
Easy access to the food and drink area and toilets! Fighters were more than happy to post for photographs & have a chat both before and after bouts.
Written 25 June 2015
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Janine R
Kelowna11 contributions
Couples
You will be so glad if you go to see a fight on a Wednesday! We were blown away by the talent of the fighters and the energy of the crowd- a highlight of our trip for sure!
Written 8 June 2015
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Eliza
Siem Reap, Cambodia32 contributions
Ok so there are the demonstration shows, and then Wednesday afternoons 3.15-5.15pm there are actual fights on that are filmed and televised all over Cambodia. $15. They are so good!! Obviously they are great fighters, and the music and cheering from the crowd is great fun. Definitely a great way to pump you up before pub street. Love it!!
Written 8 April 2015
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