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Headshot kick knock-out som tum. That’s what happens when Muay Thai boxers put away the gloves and get out a mortar and pestle to smash chillis for the spicy papaya salad. With fewer students participating in close-contact sports due to Covid fears, a Muay Thai boxing gym in the central province of Ratchaburi adapted by opening a weekend restaurant selling som tum and other Isaan dishes to continue making an income. The boxers helped out as chefs and food delivery drivers. Boxing trainer Praphai Chantabandhit, who is also the Assistant Dean of Muban Chombueng Rajabhat University, says he decided to […]

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