The city of Chiang Mai is the epicentre of this change with the support of a local promoter that sees the sport as a way to promote equality, and the growing interest in the sport by foreigners flocking into the city. In some Muay Thai gyms, women already overpass the number of men and every night at least two fights are done by women in one of the most important boxing stadiums of the city.
They found in the gyms and in the sport a community with like-minded girls that love to fight, and they welcome the opportunity of women to prove themselves in the ring. It is also a way to help the income of many of these girls families. But even with all these changes, they believe there is still a long way until the women in Muay Thai get the same recognition as men do.