Among Bali’s many traditions cockfights are non-arguably brutal – and therefore illegal in most of the western world. What makes it even more vicious on Bali, compared to other countries, is the fact that here, they attach blades to the feet of the roosters. These small knifes are razor sharp and end fights much quicker – and bloodier – than a regular fight would.

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We went to a Muay Thai tournament yesterday. It was the last event of the season here on Ko Lanta. KoHub got us VIP tickets, so I was able to get right next to the ring to document the spectacle from a very close distance.

Muay Thai fighters in the ring

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