Phuket is a Great Destination for Muay Thai
Phuket is a top destination for foreigners who wish to learn Muay Thai. New gyms continue to spring up across the island. The quality of instruction offered by the different camps varies, but fierce competition ensures a general high standard. The benefit of learning Muay Thai in Phuket is that tourists get to spend time with some top trainers while living in a tropical paradise.
Spending time learning Muay Thai is a great option for anyone visiting Phuket. There is no need to be in top physical shape at the beginning. Even those who are middle aged or older can benefit from this martial art.
We list a number of the gyms and camps currently available (as of mid-2011). As always, please verify the information, as prices and locations do tend to change.
Patong Boxing Gym
- 707 Patak Road, Karon Cliff
- Patong Boxing Gym Website
Patong Boxing Gym – Overview
Patong Boxing Gym differs from many of the other camps because of its focus on personal training. This gives students the power to set their own pace. It is situated not far from the main entertainment location on the island.
Patong Boxing Gym – Training
Those who wish to train at Patong Boxing gym can decide when they want to train and for how long the session will be. The Thai fighters in the gym follow the typical 2 sessions a day but there is no obligation to follow this routine. Training is 1-1 but there is also the opportunity to clinch and spar if people want to do this.
Patong Boxing Gym – Accommodation
There is an abundance of accommodation options near the camp.
Patong Boxing Gym – Training Costs
PBG has a special deal with New Secret Cliff Villas where accommodation and training are part of a package. Personal training within the normal hours of the gym is 400 THB a session. The weekly rate is 2,500 and they charge 8,000 a month for people who wish to train long-term.
Jaruad Champion Gym
- Soi Saiyuan, Rawai
- Jaruad Champion Website
Jaruad Champion Gym – Overview
Jaruad is owned by a legendary Thai fighter who was twice world champion. The gym is located in a peaceful part of Phuket not far from Nai Harn beach.
Jaruad Champion Gym – Training
Jaruad Champion Gym has been recently renovated with new training equipment and a large ring. Jaruad takes a personal interest in all those who train there and works to provide the best possible learning experience.
Jaruad Champion Gym – Accommodation
The camp does not currently advertise any accommodation options. There are a good selection of hotels and cheaper places to stay nearby.
Jaruad Champion Gym – Training Costs
The training costs are:
- Daily 500 THB
- Weekly 3,000 THB
- Monthly 9,000 THB
- Private training 700 THB a day
Phuket Dragon Muay Thai
- 10/3 Moo 5, Soi Ta-iad T. Chalong
- Phuket Dragon Website
Phuket Dragon Muay Thai – Overview
Phuket Dragon won an award for best training camp in 2010. It offers a program that will suit complete beginners to more advanced martial artists. It tries to always provide one trainer for every two students and never more than 3:1.
Phuket Dragon Muay Thai – Training
Training takes place between 07:00 – 10:30 and 16:00 – 19:00 Monday to Saturday. It is also possible to arrange private lessons on Sunday by appointment.
Phuket Dragon Muay Thai – Accommodation
Phuket Dragon doesn’t provide accommodation directly to foreign students. They do advise on options and have a few on their website. Some of these are reasonably priced for as little as 12,000 THB a month.
Phuket Dragon Muay Thai – Training Costs
A drop-in session costs 300 THB. The day rate 500 THB. Those who pay weekly are charged 2,400 THB. It is also possible to pay 8,000 THB for a month of training and 22,000 THB for a quarter of a year.
Sinbi Muay Thai
- 100/15 Moo 7, Saiyuan Road, Rawai
- Sinbi Website
Sinbi Muay Thai – Overview
Sinbi offers traditional training that will suit serious fighters or those just hoping to increase their fitness levels. It is home to many famous fighters and the trainers are well respected within the Muay Thai community.
Sinbi Muay Thai – Training
Officially the training day begins at 07:30 but many students begin with a run at 06:45 around a nearby lake. Back at the gym students spend time on the bags and pads. Advanced students are allowed to clinch and spar. The afternoon session starts with a short run before returning to the gym at 16:00. Training then continues into the early evening.
Sinbi Muay Thai – Accommodation
Sinbi offers shared and private accommodation to foreign students. This cost of these rooms also includes training. The cheapest option is sharing a fan room with 2 other people. This works out at 5,400 a week or 19,000 a month.
Sinbi Muay Thai – Training Costs
It is also possible to train at the camp without an accommodation package. The costs of this are:
- 300 THB for 1 session
- 500 THB for 1 day
- 3,000 THB a week
- 10,000 a month
- 27,000 a quarter
- Private lessons are 500 THB an hour for Sinbi students