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 1 or 2 centres that run regular classes for youngsters aged from 5- up to 10-years old.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Levels of Muay Thai
Muay Thai can be broken up into 3 levels: beginners, intermediates and professionals. Most students on the island fall into the first 2. So don’t be shy if this is your first time learning Thai boxing.
It's 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 2 to 3 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.
Muay Thai trainers in Phuket are typically males aged from their 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 kickboxers 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's 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 3-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's 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, you 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.
Muay Thai 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)