Phuket nowadays is a great destination if you want to learn Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing. There are many training camps here and they’re open to all ages (usually from 13 years upward) and genders. While most come to train alone, many come with friends or even their spouse.
The training programs cater for those who simply desire to improve their health and boxing skills as well as those who want to go on to become professional fighters. There are also one or two centres that run regular classes for youngsters aged from five- up to 10-years old.
Levels of Muay Thai
Muay Thai can be broken up into three levels: beginners, intermediates and professionals. Most students on the island fall into the first two. So don’t be shy if this is your first time learning Thai boxing.
It is guaranteed to be fun, sweaty, and a lot of hard work as well as, for some, a painful experience (but remember ‘Pain is temporary, glory is forever’.)
Muay Thai training sessions usually take place twice a day and average training sessions last from two to three hours, depending on students’ levels and abilities. The session may include a mixture of exercises such as warming up, stretching, running, skipping, shadow boxing, pad work, bag punching and kicking.
Students will get to learn the basic techniques (and advance techniques for the higher level students) during the hours of working out with trainers. Students may practice fighting in the ring with their trainers or their fellow students only when they have had enough basic Muay Thai techniques and skills to do so. The morning and afternoon session are slightly different. But the basic methods are the same.
Currently all Muay Thai trainers in Phuket are males aged from early 20s to 50s. Many are retired professional boxers who have fought over 100 times in Bangkok and many places in Thailand (a few have fought in international events and trained foreign kick boxers too.) Some of the younger trainers are still very active in fighting at national level.
Though not all can speak perfect English; most trainers have more than enough language skills to communicate with their students. Their job is mainly to guide, watch and correct what students do as well as pass on Muay Thai techniques. If students are lucky they might find themselves alone with a trainer without having to pay extra for a private course. This is because at certain times of the year, Phuket Muay Thai camps are really not very busy at all.
How to Apply
It is quite simple to book online for a training session after comparing prices and it’s best to look for special deals and offers before making a decision. For example if you plan to stay longer there are choices from a week to a month to three-month-long training courses at which you usually get better rates. Some centres might throw in a free private class or some sports massage coupons for longer training periods while some might give away a pair of boxing shorts, hand wraps, gloves and/or T-shirts.
There is no refund policy after payment. One thing to remember is that the cost of training is always higher in high season (from September to April). Ideally, one might want to come and explore the camps/gyms, check out their facilities (as some even feature a swimming pool and sauna rooms) and locations before making any move.
Thai Boxing Equipment and Accessories Stores
If you’re looking for Thai boxing accessories such as shorts, gloves, head amulets, head guards, groin protectors, hand wraps, tank tops, T-shirts as well as boxing oils and creams, you can find them at many shops around the island. They are usually adjacent to Muay Thai camps.
Lion Muay Thai Gym Phuket (+66 (0) 76-226577)
Phuket Muay Thai Camp and Gym (+66-76-284 090)
Dragon Muay Thai (+ 66 (0) 80-1427500)
Nai Harn Boxing club (Tel: + 66 (0) 85-7877435 )
Rawai Muay Thai Camp (+66 (0) 81-5376038)
Sinbi Muay Thai Gym (+66 (0) 83-3915535)
List of Muay Thai Camps in Phuket
Lion Muay Thai Gym Phuket
Open: All year round
Location: M 7, Soi Samakkee 2, Sai Yuan Road, Rawai, (The gym is located in a quiet residential street, near the heart of Rawai Village)
Tel: +66 (0) 76-226577
Chalong Bay Suwit Muay Thai Training Camp
Open: All year round with two training sessions per day.
Location: 15 Moo 1 , Choa Fa Road, T. Chalong (the camp is on Chaofa Road opposite Soi Palai (famous for Phuket Zoo) and is located next to Suwit Muay Thai Stadium which has regular fights every Friday.
Tel: +66 (0) 76-374313
Chang Muay Thai Gym
Open: Morning session 08:00 %u2013 11:00 and afternoon session 16:00 %u2013 19:00 from Monday to Saturday
Location: 116/9 Kok Thanod Road, Kata Beach
Tel: 41 78.652.39.25
Cherngtalay Village Cherngtalay Muay Thai & Bandasak Gym
Open: Morning session from 07:00 – 09:15 and afternoon session from 15:30 – 18:00
Location: Cherngtalay Village, A. Thalang, Phuket
Tel: +66 (0) 86-9504290
Dragon Muay Thai
Open: Monday to Saturday: 07:00 – 10:30 and 16:00 – 19:00. Sunday training by appointment only.
Location: 10/3 Moo 5, Soi Ta-iad, Chalong
Tel: + 66 (0) 80-1427500
Kata Beach Phuket Muay Thai Camp and Gym
Open: Morning training from 07:00 – 11:00 and afternoon training from 15:00 – 19:00
Location: 82/5 Moo 4 Patak Rd. Kata Beach (the camp is just a kilometre away from Chalong Circle on the hill on the left-hand side heading toward Kata. There is a large blue sign and a steep private drive way.
Tel: +66 (0) 76-284090
Patong Beach Patong Boxing Gym Training Camp
Open: Training hours run from 07:00 – 10:00 and again from 16:00 – 19:00
Location: 41 (50) Pee Road, Patong. When arriving in Patong head down to Soi Namyen and when you come to Montes Restaurant, you’ll need to head up the steep hill. Keep going until you see the ‘gym’ sign on the left-hand side, about a three-minute drive away.)
Tel: +66 (0) 81-7589290
Phromthep Thai Boxing & Fitness Training Gym
Open: All year round
Location: 91 Moo 5 Viset Road Road, Rawai (turn left at the end of Rawai Beach and pass the Rawai Or Bor Tor Office and turn left again after that. The camp is about 500m down the road.)
Tel: +66 (0) 85-7862414
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Rawai and Naiharn Beach Nai Harn Boxing Club
Open: Morning session 08:30 - 10:30 and afternoon session 16:00 – 18:00 Kids’ class every Wednesday and Saturday at 18:00 (available for five- up to 10-years of age)
Location: 90/6 Nai Harn Beach Road, Moo 1, Rawai (the club located in the middle of Nai Harn Village and has its own sport bar, very easy to spot from the road.)
Tel: + 66 (0) 85-7877435
Rawai Muay Thai Camp
Open: Morning session 07:00 – 09:30 and afternoon session 15:00 – 19:00 Special class run between 10:00 – 15:30 from Monday to Saturday
Location: On Sai Yuan Road not far from Nai Harn Village
Tel: +66 (0) 81-4769377
Sinbi Muay Thai
Open: Morning session starts at 06:45 and afternoon session at 16:00
Location: 100/15 Moo 7, Sai Yuan Road, Rawai
Tel: +66 (0) 82-8278973
Sumalee Boxing Gym
Open: Every day except Sunday from 07.30 - 09.30 and again from 16:00 – 18:00
Location: On Soi Hua Tha, T. Tha Ruea, A. Thalang. They are located behind the iconic Tha Ruea Chinese Shrine, not far from the grand private mansion called Yeeteng on Thepkasattri Road.
Tel: +66 (0)88-0173020
Open: All year round
Location: 91/19 Moo 6, Viset Road, Rawai, Muang Phuket Thailand 83100 Rawai
Tel: +66 (0)87 471 1351
Tiger Muay Thai & Mixed Martial Arts
Open: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 – 10:30 and 17:00 – 18:30
Location: 7/6 Moo 5 Soi Ta-ied, Ao Chalong (The camp is in Soi Ta-ied which is a quiet road connecting Chaofa East and Chaofa West Road and less than 10 minutes by car from Chalong Circle).
Tel: +66 (0)76 367 071 and +66 (0)86 596 9090 for night office