Nai Khanom Tom is a Muay Thai boxing legend of the highest calibre. Known as the ‘Father of Muay Thai’, Nai Khanom Tom was taken prisoner along with thousands of his countrymen when the capital Ayutthaya fell in 1767 to the Burmese. In 1774, a great festival was held by the King of Burma and as part of the celebrations, Nai Khanom Tom, still a prisoner of war, was to fight ten of the king’s men in a row.
After dispatching each of them, the Thai boxer became a legend and was rewarded with his freedom. He was also given the choice of either great financial reward, or two wives and as he believed riches were easier to come by than two beautiful women, he chose the latter.
To this day, National Muay Thai day is celebrated in his honour.