There is nothing quite like the experience of training Muay Thai in Thailand. It is the country’s national sport after all. The trainers over there have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the art form. The country also attracts Muay Thai athletes from all over the world who are looking to train and fight.
I have made a few trips over to Thailand during the past few years. I love training there because when you are away from home there are no distractions. You can just train, eat and sleep if that is what you need to do. I also love the culture. In my experience, Thai trainers are playful with a good sense of humour. Yes, you will get pushed and the training is not easy. But despite the language barrier, I have always managed to have a laugh.
Training camps in Thailand
There’s a plethora of Muay Thai gyms throughout Thailand. Previously, I have written about my experience training at Por Promin in Hua Hin. I spent a month there shortly after I started training Muay Thai. I have so many good memories of that trip. It was quite intimidating arriving in a different country by myself, turning up to the gym as a beginner. But the trainers and fighters there made me feel welcome and I learnt a lot. I lived at the gym for most of the trip in a room that was literally next to the ring, so there was no excuse not to train.
I also spent some time training in Phuket earlier this year. In the Chalong area there are lots of gyms to choose from. On this trip, my goal was to increase my fitness for an upcoming fight and also have a bit of a holiday. I trained at Tiger Muay Thai and stayed at an incredible resort called Villa Zolitude. It was away from the hustle and bustle of the main street and provided a beautiful environment to fully relax after training.
If you want to fast track your Muay Thai skills, I highly recommend spending some time at a good gym in Thailand. The large commercial gyms are useful if you simply want to train hard and increase your fitness. However, if you want to focus on the technical aspects of the sport, I would recommend training at one of the smaller, less commercial gyms.
In January next year, I am heading over again to train in Bangkok. Although I know the training will be challenging, I am looking forward to fully immersing myself in the sport once again and sharing the experience with you.