(Update 17th November 2017: A year has past since I first wrote this article and it is now one of the most visited pages on the Muay Thai Citizen website. Over the past week, I made a visit to the same stores from the last round-up, and several more that I added to the new list. I have now updated the information and included a price guide for each store where possible. Do NOT buy from some random Muay Thai shop in the malls (like MBK) as the prices are inflated. Read this before your trip to Bangkok if you intend to fit in some gear shopping. And if you find it useful, remember to share this article with your friends!)
If you have the opportunity to visit Bangkok, there is no doubt that shopping for Muay Thai stuff is going to be a definite feature on your to-do list. Hordes of tourists fly into the Thai capital daily to indulge in shopping. The prices used to be ridiculously cheap compared to what you get back home but rising costs in Thailand along with the world of online retail (i.e. Amazon) has bridged the gap over the years. Prices for the top brands have increased over the last year but overall, prices in Bangkok are still cheaper compared to online prices. More importantly, there’s nothing like trying the gear or testing the equipment out in person before you hand over the money. The sexy allure of holding Muay Thai gear in your hands is a pure and ecstatic feeling. Not to mention the overwhelming range of available choices!
I have consolidated a list of Muay Thai shops that I frequent every time I visit Bangkok as well as others that are well worth a visit. I literally went the distance to collect all the information but hey, anything for my readers. This list is really as comprehensive as it gets on the web. It may not be definitive as I have opted to highlight the more centralised and accessible shops in this article for convenience but these are the shops with the best selection at the best prices.
|Note: You will be able to find all the common and popular brands in the shops I have featured, but if you have a particular gear/apparel model in mind, you may go away empty-handed and disappointed. This is because a lot of the shops, even the official stores, do not carry the full catalog of their products. But come with no expectations, and be prepared to be blown away by the prices, friendly service and seemingly unlimited options.
Note: All prices listed below are in Thai Baht.
1) Sukhumvit Area
Super Export Shop
If you only have time for one shop to get your Muay Thai gear, this is THE ONE to go to. After 1 year, this is still my top recommendation for getting Muay Thai gear in Bangkok. Everything is reasonably priced and always on par with -if not better than- the official stores. Super Export Shop is as the name suggests, does a lot of wholesale export business. They stock almost every made-in-Thailand gear from brands like Twins Special, Fairtex, Top King, Yokkao, Raja, Thaismai, Danger Equipment and even authentic items from the (Buakaw) Banchamek Gym. This really saves a lot of trouble from having to shop-hop. This is also only the store in Bangkok where you can get Booster Fight Gear, as seen on Kunlun Fight, All-Star Fight and worn by the fighters at Banchamek Gym.
Service from Max, the store manager (pictured above), is personable and friendly, and you are welcome to take your time to try out the gear and equipment. There’s also a clean toilet in the back you can use for trying out the apparel. The gear may be wrapped up in plastic but feel free to ask to open up for testing. First class service here. They have sales from time to time with the best prices anywhere in Bangkok. I never, ever, leave empty-handed from this shop.
Price Guide: There are many different brands and gear here with prices matching the official stores (i.e. Twins, Fairtex, Top King and Yokkao). You can check the prices for these brands below at the respective shop guide. Ask for discounts.
How to get there: I usually base myself around Sukhumvit area so this shop is just a few minutes by motorbike taxi. If you are going by the subway, the nearest station is Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) MRT station. It is about ½ a mile (1 km) walk or alternatively, hop on a motorbike taxi and ask to be taken to “Rompo” which is a hotel located right beside the building where the shop reside. As of writing, motorbike taxi will cost around 30-50 baht from Asok/Phrom Pong BTS stations and 15-20 baht from QSNCC MRT station.
The shop sits on the ground level and face the road so you should be able to spot it easily. While you are there, head down the road for an exquisitely Asian experience of the fascinating Khlong Toey Market.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat from 10am to 7pm (Closed on Sundays)
The store size is small but stocks a very good selection of their training gear, including their popular CarbonFit shorts and the latest collections from this season. More importantly, the retail store is located in the same premise as the gym where Muay Thai legend, Saenchai, trains daily. (Read my review here: “Gym Review: Yokkao Training Center Bangkok”) So even if you don’t buy anything, you can drop by for a training session or just ogle at a Muay Thai master training. You will also catch the other Yokkao fighters like Singdam, Pakorn, Manachai and Spencer Brown.
You will find everything here heavily discounted compared to their web store prices. Additionally, all gloves are priced the same regardless of their sizes/weights. Yokkao gear features very sharp and cool designs, so if that’s your thing, this is the place to get them and you can put them to use straight away for a training session.
|Size||Matrix||Ready to Fight||Size||Price|
How to get there: Take the BTS train to Asok station and then head for the Exchange Tower exit. You can either take a 5 minutes walk along the busy Soi 16 traffic or a speedy ride on one of the many motorbike taxis at near the entrance to Soi 16 to reach the gym. Just tell the rider to take you to “Yokkao” or “Muay Thai”. As of writing, the bike ride costs 10 baht (or 15). There are a few ways to get there and I’m familiar with the Asok route. Alternatively, you can take the subway to Queen Sirikit National Convention Center MRT station and change to a motorbike taxi.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat from 730am-1130am and 230pm-6pm (Closed on Sundays)
Boon is a brand founded by Australian Scott Marr and this store at On Nut (along Sukhumvit Soi 81) is where you can expect the whole Boon shebang. Everything they have is laid out systematically in the spacious shop so you will have no trouble looking for what you want. They stock the standard Muay Thai goods such as gloves, shin guards, headgear, shorts and training gear as well. I’m particularly fond of their t-shirt designs as the prints are very “Thai”. I also recommend the plain black retro shorts which are cheap and good (400 baht). They offer shorts customization service and generally take around 2-3 weeks. However, if all you need is just a simple custom work with your name, they might be able to get it out within 2-3 days. Just check with any of the friendly staff manning the store.
The staff was friendly and I was left to browse around the store but she attended to my many queries promptly and patiently. Boon prices are very reasonable and this is certainly a shop worth stopping by.
How to get there: The best way to go is to take the skytrain to On Nut BTS station. When you arrive at the station, head to exit 4, you will see Tesco Lotus on your right but take the flight of steps on your left to the side of the road (down the overhead bridge) opposite of Tesco. As always, you can hop on a motorbike taxi ride and ask to be taken to “Boon” or “Muay Thai” which is a quick 2 minutes away. As of writing, the ride should cost you 20 baht. Otherwise it’s a 10-15 minutes walk.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat from 9am to 6pm (Closed on Sundays)
This is the official Top King store in Bangkok and they are much better stocked than the last 2 times I visited. Previously, I had always hope to get something there but I always walk away empty-handed. So I guess third time really is the charm. The service is minimal (but adequate) and the staff pretty much leave you to browse but they are happy to answer to questions. There is a wide selection of TKB stuff for sale and the store is very accessible so don’t miss it. Shorts customization is available here but will take around 1 month.
|Note: It’s worth mentioning that a new customization shop has opened up next to Top King. It’s called Lumpenee Fights and the shop itself stock some lovely shorts using the Lumpinee brand shorts. It’s a one-woman show and some English is spoken here. Custom work takes around 2-3 weeks and is worth dropping in to take a look.|
|Size||Plain||Fancy (camo, snakeskin)||Size||Plain||Fancy|
How to get there: By subway, the nearest MRT station is Lumphini which is not far from Sukhumvit district. Take exit 1, turn right and head down the road with Lumpini Park View apartment on your right. It’s about 5 minutes walk till you hit an overhead bridge. After the bridge, make the first right at the alley and you should see the shop
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri from 10am to 5pm (Closed Saturdays and Sundays)
2) National Stadium Area
Action Zone is one of the most well-known Muay Thai gear shops in Bangkok. Its claim to fame is a friendly service and of course even friendlier prices. The shop is very modest-sized and cramped with Muay Thai gear stacked up on all sides of the walls and in the back of the store. Here, you will find a good range of Fairtex and Twins gear, as well as their house brand. I highly recommend their house brand hand wraps which are cheap (180 baht after discount) and one of the best I have used.
Not the most attractive shop-front and rather cramped in the store. In fact, the whole store is in need of a fresh coat of paint. But the service and prices make up for it. They may not stock everything from the Twins and Fairtex catalog but you can email them a month ahead of your visit and they should be able to get you sorted out. Shorts customization service is available and will take 2-3 weeks.
|Size||Twins Special Gloves (BGVL-3)||Fairtex Gloves (BGV1)|
How to get there: There are a few gear shops in this area possibly due to the presence of the National Stadium. To get to the shop, take the BTS to National Stadium station. Take exit 2 and head down the road with the stadium to your left. Keep walking and you will see the huge Tesco on your right on the other side of the road. Keep going in the same direction and cross the street at the intersection where you will see a green building. Just a few more steps and you will find the famed Action Zone shop.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat from 830am to 530pm (Closed on Sundays)
Located right next to Action Zone is another family-run mom and pop Muay Thai gear store. This is the place to be if you want to land yourself some old skool brand, Windy gloves and shin guards. They also stock some Fairtex and Twins gear which are fairly priced. As I am personally not a Windy fan, I did not buy anything from the store but the granny and other staff here are absolutely lovely people who left me to browse and take pictures. Windy gloves are cheaper than the bigger names and some of the UK folks I met during training at FA Group Gym swear by them. If you like your gear old skool, simple and affordable, Windy can be your thing.
|Windy Velcro Gloves|
|14oz||1600 – 1650|
|16oz||1650 – 1700|
How to get there: See Action Zone (Above)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat from 9am to 5pm and Sun from 10am to 4pm (Action Zone is closed on Sunday so you might want to visit on other days so as to visit both shops).
A young brand and a very new shop. Founded and run by 2 enterprising brothers from France, SKS Empire seems to take a lot of their design influences from streetwear and hip hop culture (the shop was playing hip hop music when I visited). This is an upcoming brand to watch for as they are partnering with Best of Siam promotion that is held at the Lumpinee Stadium and features top fighters from Thailand and around the world. Fabio Pinca won his Rajadamnern at the Best of Siam event held in February this year.
SKS stands for Sport Kombat Strategy but also an abbreviation for Singklongsi Muay Thai gym where the older brother (Romain) trained at for many years. Besides their own line of fight wear, they also offer custom services for fight wear from design to delivery. All handmade in Thailand. Definitely a must-visit. Check out their website to get a feel of their designs.
How to get there: The shop is across the street from Action Zone/Copa and also opposite of Tesco.
Opening Hours: ??
3) Lumpinee & Rajadamnern Stadiums
If you happen to visit Lumpinee or Rajadamnern stadiums to watch some fights, you will find the official Twins Special stores at both locations. Very well-stocked with the largest collection of Twins Special gloves at both locations. Prices are fixed at the official retail prices. You might be able to find them at lower prices elsewhere but you won’t always necessarily find the exact model or size you want. (Note: There is also a Top King store at Lumpinee stadium with the same prices as the original store at the old location)
How to get there: Lumpinee stadium is a pain to get to. It is located about 18km (about 11 miles) from the nearest train station (Mo Chit BTS or Chatuchak MRT), so the easiest way to get there is by taxi/car. Unfortunately, the fights start around 630pm which is at the peak of the mad Bangkok rush hour. The slow engine grind to the stadium takes between 1 to 2 hours but going back, the trip to train station is just 30 minutes or less. Tell the driver that you want to go to Lumphini Boxing Stadium at Ram Inthra road.
Going to Rajadamnern stadium is a lot more pleasant. It’s about 5km (3 miles) or less from the nearest train station (Phaya Thai) and takes 30 minutes drive even during peak hours.
Opening Hours: Stores are open whole day on fight nights. For Rajadamnern Stadium: Fight nights (Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu) from 10am to 10pm, Closed on Saturdays. For Lumpinee Stadium: Fight nights (Tue, Fri, Sat) from 10am to 10pm (Please check event timings before heading down)
4) Fairtex Pro
There are so many Fairtex Pro shops in Bangkok that it warrants a section of its own. I only visited 2 of the more centralised ones at IM Park and luxury mall, EmQuartier. The IM Park outlet is a proper, bigger store front and stocks more items than the outlet at Q Stadium Zone within EmQuartier shopping mall. However, EmQuartier is a lot more accessible and has a very good selection of Fairtex gear to choose from. The service is prompt at both locations and you should be able to find what you need at either stores. Fairtex Pro takes pride in their products and it seems this extends towards their store operations.
Prices at the stores seem to be more expensive than Fairtex stockists like Super Export Shop or Action Zone (See above) but the benefit of shopping here (especially at the malls like Emquartier or Mega Bangna or Asiatique) is a more convenient and comfortable experience. If you are on a family trip, the rest of the family members can go about their shopping in the malls while you take your time to salivate over the extensive Fairtex product selection.
How to get there: To get to EmQuartier, simply take the skytrain to Phrom Phong BTS station which is located right at its door steps. The Q Stadium is located on in the Waterfall Quartier. To get to IM Park, first take the skytrain to National Stadium. From there, it’s at least a 20-minute walk under the sun to the mall. I recommend the motorbike taxi as usual which costs 30baht as of writing.
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm Daily
Where to Stay in Bangkok
Whenever I travel to Bangkok, I prefer to base myself in a more centralized and accessible location near to a BTS or MRT station, as the metro is the best way to get to around central Bangkok. If you are planning a trip to Bangkok but haven’t decided on your accommodation, there is one area I most highly recommend:
In my opinion, the Asok junction with Sukhumvit road is the best place to stay in Bangkok. It does not get any more accessible than this prime area. Four reasons to base yourself here: 1) With Sukhumvit MRT and Asok BTS stations in the vicinity, you can get to practically anywhere in central Bangkok easily. 2) Super Export Shop, Yokkao Shop and Emquartier are a short walk or motorbike-taxi ride away. 3) There are tonnes of massage places and eateries. 4) The whole stretch of Sukhumvit road is a shopper’s paradise and there are loads of activities you can busy yourself with here. If you are looking to eat, drink, shop and be merry, search no further. This is the place for you.
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I hope this guide will be helpful for planning your next trip to Bangkok. One of the stores that I missed out in this year’s round-up was the Thaismai store. It is located somewhat near to Asiatique, so if you are heading that direction, it might be worth a visit as Thaismai is an old establishment with very affordable gear and equipment.The other store I have left out is Supersports at CentralWorld where you can find but a small collection of Venum gear.
If there is a shop guide/review you would like to see featured on this site, please leave me a comment or message and I will do my best to accommodate to the request. If you are a shop in Bangkok and would like to be featured in the article or on the website, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to drop by for a visit on my next trip.