Ever wanted to try Muay Thai training in Thailand? I am no fighter and neither do I want to be but it is so much fun and a fantastic 2 hour workout.
I recently spent some time travelling with my sister around Thailand and we hit up a few Muay Thai training camps to help us stay fit whilst travelling plus we love working out together – or rather I like working out with her, not sure she feels the same.
The first stop was Koh Samui. This beautiful island is one of the largest in Thailand with it’s very own airport and therefore attracts a lot of international travellers throughout the year. We headed to Lamai first as from our research this seemed to be the quietest place to chill out in unlike its neighbour Chewang. I am not much of a party animal so this seemed to be the perfect location.
When we first arrived we drove past a Muay Thai ring and I decided that I had to go and give this a try. I have spent some considerable amount of time in Thailand over the past few years but I had never tried Muay Thai. My sister and I had studied Karate whilst growing up and my sister had recently trained in MMA so thought we should give it a go. We found Lamai Muay Thai just set back from the beach and up a small hill and went to visit.
It was easy and simple and you could just turn up and pay when you arrived for the session. They ran sessions twice a day and the sessions ran for 2 hours each. Sessions start at 7am – 9am and 5pm – 7pm. The cost was 300baht each.
When you arrive everyone is super friendly. The trainers get you set up with wraps and you start skipping until all other classmates have arrived. Then the training begins. You will do so many squats and push ups in the next 2 hours you will love your back and your bum equally the next day. 😛
You get to spar with each other and the trainers and learn so many new moves. Every session you will learn something new from how to put down your partner to how to punch with more power.
Once the session is finished you can hop over the road to the healthy café that serves a variety of protein shakes and other healthy meals for good prices. It is a great places to make some more friends and learn about other peoples training.
We trained here 3 times before changing islands. The next stop was Koh Tao. There is a new air conditioned gym in Koh Tao that at the time of writing had only been opened for 3 months – Gym & Fitness
It is a bit of a walk out of the way and you do walk past a few other gyms that do not have air con on the way. The only downside is for the Muay Thai training you have to pre book. The upside fizz and I were the only ones there so we had a personal session who really worked hard on putting us through our paces.
The trainer was excellent and had us skipping to start and then a few shadow boxing minutes for a warm up before getting straight into it. We got one on one instruction while the other punched the bag.
Until the 31st August they have 35% off all sessions bringing it down to 227 Baht a session which is an absolute bargain. After the 31st August 2016 it will go up to 350 Baht. You get a free bottle of water and a towel to use whilst you are there included in the price.
I would recommend that everyone should give Muay Thai a try whilst in Thailand. It is such a great experience and an amazing unique workout.