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Kun Khmer (Khmer kickboxing)

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Chances are you may have heard of muay Thai (Thai kick boxing), but what about Kun Khmer (also known as Pradal Serey)? Want to know more? Khmer kick boxing is on every Friday through Sunday and best of all it is free.

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Most people’s first encounter with Khmer boxing is walking past a cafe full of shouting, grunting men and thinking it’s all about to kick off in there. It’s not; they’re just gathered around their iced coffees getting in the spirit of the sport on TV. While this is an event in itself, the best way to appreciate a boxing match is up close and personal, next to the ring.

Who knew boxing needed so many judges? Photo taken in or around Kun Khmer (Khmer kickboxing), Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Who knew boxing needed so many judges? Photo: Stuart McDonald

Ask your guesthouse or a friendly tuk tuk driver which TV station is staging a fight—generally, it’s TV5 on Fridays and Saturdays, Bayon and CTN on Saturdays and Sundays. The CTN studio is the easiest to get to, just six kilometres from the city centre, but as we had slotted in Sunday as being boxing day, we headed ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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