Watching football abroad: Bangkok

Just because you’re travelling it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your weekly afternoon on the terraces — in a series of articles we look at how. First up: Bangkok…

The Thai Premier League has undergone a massive revitalisation in the last few years, largely thanks to acceptance into the Asian Football Confederation. The arrival of more foreign players hasn’t hurt either, perhaps the most notable import being Robbie Fowler, currently player-manager at Muangthong United.

The standard’s still not that high — roughly equivalent to League 2 in England, but it’s a much more technical, entertaining game to watch.

For visitors staying in Central Bangkok, the most convenient stadium to get to is probably that of Thai Port. English supporters will also notice a different style of atmosphere, with no animosity whatsoever: fans sing their rivals’ songs and good-naturedly congratulate each other in the street after the game.

Plus, fans are allowed to stand up all game and can drink beer on the terraces. Result…

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