Did you know that “axe throwing” is actually a recognized sport? Furthermore, did you know that Bangkok now has its own axe throwing league and a very large, dedicated clubhouse?
Located in the northern end of the city—a short drive north of the Lad Prao MRT station—the Golden Axe Throw Club (3 Lat Phrao Wang Hin Alley 67) opened its doors to a bemused public at the end of 2017. But its popularity has steadily grown, especially amongst Japanese and Western expats, and as of this month an official league will begin active competitions.
The club’s burly and bearded Canadian-born owner Ryan Nelson (pictured), a native of Pickering, Ontario, is himself a 3-time National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) league champion, and he vows to enlighten Bangkok residents about the joys of axe throwing.
“It’s a sport that you can get good at within an hour, or as little as five throws if you listen to our instructions,” he explains, adding that it’s also a sport you can play while having a beer. And with that in mind, the bar here stocks a selection of hard-to-find Canadian craft beers priced in the B240 range (alongside Japanese imports and Thai beers).
In truth, axe throwing sounds more dangerous than it actually is, and Ryan is adamant that all safety protocols have been set in place. Closed toe shoes are mandatory, and the half dozen or so wide, brightly-lit throwing lanes are fenced off so axes won’t ricochet where they’re not supposed to. Basically, the concept is similar to bowling, archery, or a gun shooting range, where accuracy, form, and technique reign supreme over brute strength. So if you think you’re going to vent some pent up warrior aggression, think again.
The venue is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm till 11pm, and Friday to Sunday from 11am till 11pm. For B500 per person you get one-hour of unlimited axe throwing on a pair of shared lanes, or for B800 per person you can book a two-hour private event with a group of friends. It’s time to release your inner lumberjack!
Find out more about the weird and wonderful sports on offer in Bangkok in our cover feature (starting on page 14).