Thailand first competed in the Summer Olympic Games in 1952 and in the Winter Games in 2002. Thailand has had its best success in boxing events, and in 1996 featherweight boxer Somluck Kamsing earned the country’s first Olympic gold medal.
The country's captial Bangkok has hosted the Asian Games for four times which is more than any other countries/cities in Asia.
Thai people are great sports enthusiasts and sports lovers. Thailand sports play a major part in the life of every Thai national. Thais enjoy both traditional and indigenous games as well as modern games.
There are wide array of sport activities to choose from in Thailand. Golf is the most popular Thai sport apart from badminton, football, boxing, snooker, tennis and bowling. Traditional games of Thai boxing, kite-fighting, boat racing and takro are also practiced in Thailand.
Golf is one of the most popular Thailand sports. The soothing weather of Thailand makes golfing possible all throughout the year in the various golf courses spread at various places in the country. Because of the closeness of the sea to Thailand, deep-sea fishing is a vital sport in the country.
Water sports activities are very popular in Thailand. Presence of some world-class beaches provides opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are abundant diving facilities at Pattaya, Samui Islands, Phuket, Phi-Phi islands and in many more islands and beaches. Boat racing as a custom is also popular in some parts of Thailand.In 2014, Phuket successfully hosted the 4th Asian Beach Games.
Sports in Thailand also include horse racing and motor sports activities. Almost all the leading hotels and resorts in Bangkok have badminton, squash and tennis courts for tourists and visitors. Windsurfing has also become a popular sport in Pattaya's Jomthien Beach. Thai boxing, kite-fighting and takro are some traditional Thailand sports, which are enjoyed till date.