Being Bangkok newbies, we haven’t yet had a chance to explore all this great city has to offer. We are finding there are endless things to do and see here, and having two relatively uninterested teenage boys makes sightseeing as a family a bit more challenging. I stand corrected: not a bit more challenging, a LOT more challenging. So, how do you get two boys out of the house and away from the tv on a school holiday? You’ve got to plan something big. Something that will trump video games and laying around the house all day in their underwear.
Enter the Golden Axe Throw Club.
As soon as I discovered this little Bangkok gem, I knew the boys would be intrigued. I mean really, what male on the face of this earth would turn down the chance to throw axes at a target for fun? And to be honest, I was pretty excited too!
So with only a slight amount of moaning, we piled into the car and headed out on our first family field trip (minus one hard-working husband). When we arrived, we were greeted at the door by Ryan, the owner of the Golden Axe Throw Club. All I can say is that if anyone looks like a lumberjack, it’s this guy! Is it a requirement for all serious axe-wielding men to have an awesome full and thick beard? If not, maybe it should be! Needless to say, we were off to a great start. Being taught how to throw axes by an authentic looking Canadian lumberjack? Umm, yeah!
Curiosity led me to ask Ryan how in the world he ended up bringing an axe throwing club to Thailand. Here’s what he told me:
I met my wife, Sirilak Sathanart when I first visited Thailand in Roi Et. I met some Thai blacksmiths online that invited me to come to make axes with them. So I came here to learn how to forge an axe from scratch, after being an axe-throwing coach in Canada. I really wanted to learn how to make the tool I was using so often to throw, before opening my own venue. After returning home to Toronto Canada, it didn’t take me long to get back to Thailand. We spent most of a year in Roi Et where we were throwing axes in our backyard before moving to Bangkok to find a venue and start our own axe throwing club. My wife was 5-9 months pregnant as we started this company, working hard every day to see it open, and a few months after opening we welcomed our baby boy Atom to our little axe family! Bangkok was the perfect place to introduce the Canadian sport of axe throwing to a variety of cultures and people from around the world.
If that’s not a great start-up story, I don’t know what is. It’s great to come across someone who is passionate about and loves his career as Ryan does.
After signing waivers and a short safety talk, Ryan took some time and showed us how to properly throw our axes at targets and before we knew it, we were throwing like pros. Well, maybe semi-pros, we did completely miss the targets quite a few times. Once we were more comfortable with our axe throwing techniques, we played two friendly target throwing games against each other, both of which I…ahem… won (just had to throw that in there for recorded proof that I actually beat my boys in something sporty).
When we finished our games, we bellied up to the bar and celebrated by throwing back a couple of waters and a strawberry Fanta. From start to finish, it was a really fun way to spend an afternoon feeling tough and sporty while bonding with my boys.
If you think you’re ready to throw axes like a true Canadian lumberjack and are considering a visit to Golden Axe Throw Club, here’s everything you need to know:
3 Lat Phrao Wang Hin 67 Alley
Bangkok, Thailand 10230
+66 063 654 0600
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday & Tuesday:
(Advance Appointment by Email/Call only)
Wednesday & Thursday:
16:00 – 23:00
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:
11:00 – 23:00
WHO CAN THROW?
Ages 12 and up. No experience is necessary.
1 HOUR PUBLIC LANE BOOKING
Public Lanes (up to 6 ppl/target)
฿500 BAHT / Person
2-3 HOUR PRIVATE LANE BOOKING
2-3 Hour Private Group Bookings
฿800 BAHT / Person
WHAT TO EXPECT
According to the Golden Axe Throw website:
Sign a waiver and ensure you have proper footwear (closed-toed shoes).
MEET YOUR AXE COACH
Your axe throwing coach will explain the safety rules and provide a 5-10 minute instructional session. They will also monitor your safety, and provide tips to make sure you are having fun and hitting as close to the bullseye as you can!
WARM UP PRACTICE SHOTS
Each thrower then gets around 15 throws, before rotating out.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Once players are warmed up, you will begin mini-games going head to head with another thrower for 3 rounds (5 throws per round). Each throw is worth up to 5 points (the final throw can be worth 7 points if you yell CLUTCH! & hit the small green circle). We rotate throwers every 3 rounds, 15 throws, or about 5-10 minutes.
Whoever gets the most points wins the round. Best 2/3 wins the entire game.
(did I mention that was me? ;))
Don’t worry if you lose the first 2 rounds – we always throw the final 5 throws of round 3 because throwing axes is fun!
Payment is something that happens towards the end of a walk-in or event. You will be notified when you have 10 minutes left and may have the option of throwing for another hour if there is availability.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO AT GOLDEN AXE THROW?
We will definitely be trying this next time!
A full catering menu is available from an authentic Italian Bistro serving gourmet pizza, pasta, cold plates, and appetizers.
A craft beer bar is available with a selection of over 40 imported & local craft beers as well as cheap Thai beers, light spirits, and non-alcoholic refreshments.
Next time I’ll have to try a Pickleback (whiskey and pickle juice), because what goes better with throwing axes than whiskey and pickle juice?
THOUGHTS AND THINGS
- Before you go, book your visit online to reserve a lane.
- Wear closed-toe shoes.
- There’s no air conditioning, only large fans so it can get hot especially if you are as intense as I am when it comes to axe throwing. 😉
- 1 hour is a good amount of time for a great experience.
Overall the three of us had a great time at The Golden Axe Throw Club and agreed we would like to return. And honestly, if the boys want to do something more than once, it HAS to be good! I would highly recommend giving this Bangkok destination a try. It’s fun, unusual, and will make you feel like a true lumberjack.