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27-08-2010, 11:51 PM
Im thinking of spending a month in Thailand next March training Muay Thai and looking at either Rawai or Tiger, anyone been and got any advice? Or any good links to blogs or reviews?
27-08-2010, 11:54 PM
Sherdog forums should have some blogs that might help you.
Hope that helps.
if ur going for training, u cant match bangkok, thats the place u should be goin if u wanna train but if u wnt a holiday then i guess phuket
28-08-2010, 06:47 PM
hi fella, got a few reviews of gyms in phuket on my blog (see sig)... hopefully can be of some use to you
28-08-2010, 06:48 PM
I've trained at Rawai a few years back. It was ok for my first time there but I wouldn't recommend it. Was VERY busy and a bit of a "fat camp". There has been a fall out and the guy who did a lot of the organizing has now opened up Promthep Muay Thai. Heard that Rawai is still very busy though.
Never trained at Tiger but visited it. Looks a nice enough gym but, again, very busy. Also - it's not in such a nice location as Rawai. It's further from the beach and just off a busy road.
I've trained at Sinbi Gym (also situated in Rawai) 5 or 6 times since I trained at Rawai and it's excellent. I'd highly recommend it. Great training and great people.
Also heard good things about Lion Muay Thai (which is a new gym in Rawai) from one of the guys at my gym.
Would definitely recommend you look into Sinbi Muay Thai.
28-08-2010, 06:49 PM
If you have any specific questions I can try to help - either on here or PM mate. Probably spent over a year in total in Rawai so know some of the ins and outs of the place.
Best thing for you to do is just go try the gym's out and see which one suits you best.
Make your intentions clear to the boss of what you are there to achieve etc.. as if not you will just become another number at busy farrang populated gym.
I have visted Thailand many times. I lived at Rawai for 6 months for my last trip.
You also see many fall of going to the gym and more interested in the bars and Ladies after a week or so..
04-09-2010, 12:24 PM
Why not Fairtex? I only managed to nip in for a day while I was there (mainly cos i was with the girlfriend and Pattaya is a little seedy to say the least) but the training and facilities are second to none. And it isnt much more expensive than other gyms.
04-09-2010, 12:32 PM
id say go try a few gyms aswell, then find a trainer you work well with and tell him you want him to train you. otherwise you get passed around different trainers and the padwork just gets awkward as they all have different styles.
stay away from bangla rd, just never go there and you will no probs lol because once you have gone... there is no turning back!
i stayed in patong on my last trip and was a bad idea, going back to dragon next time and staying away from patong! BTW i would pick dragon over tiger, tiger is just way to busy
22-09-2010, 12:13 AM
I trained at Tiger muay thai and it was a great experience although If its serious training, Bangkok is where you have to go. Phuket is fantastic and an amazing holiday with decent training but not at the same level as Bangkok.
But Rawai is a 5 minute drive from Tiger so if you dont like one, the other isnt hard to change to. Dragon is also across the road from Tiger and is quieter with probably better muay thai training.
There is a great review of Tiger on Dansmuaythaimma.com
depends on your level also - and how serious you are about training IMO - trainers from gyms move around a lot too -
there are some very good trainers at Tiger and it has a good beginners set up - we have Claire Haigh there whos a 2 weight world champion and had several trainers over from the gym
we also have a girl at Rawai whos been well looked after - but shes a permanent guest so its a little different
you get a lot of trainers down in phuket as they can earn good money from privates due to the tourist destinations - samui also - but phuket has gyms opening all the time to cater for the fitness for a week crowd....
I myself prefer Bangkok and use Jitti Gym - small family style set up with people I have know for many years - used to foreigners and will get you fights too if needed
your spoilt for choice in Bangkok
also have Rob Cox's Kiatphontip which is very popular with guys from England,
Keatkanthom Gym (very good clinch gym with stars like Nopparat)
13 coins (home of mentalist war monger of the moment Pornsaneh - just you tube him!)
Muay Thai Plaza
Sasiprapa (again popular with a few UK gyms)
really there are 100s to choose from
22-09-2010, 12:11 PM
If you go to Tiger, just buy aload of privates and train with Moo Nakorn. Amazing clinch... abit hard tempered at times but is an awesome coach.
If I had the money, I'd fly him over here and open a Thai gym with him as head instructor.
22-09-2010, 03:41 PM
As mentioed by Yak
Kiatphontip is a brilliant Gym. I have just returned from 10days training out there and the trainers are Superb. 3 of them I have trained with when there were in the UK.
Rob will be able to help loads with accomadation and anyhting else you need. (Very Helpful indeed)
Training is like 6:30 til 9:30 in the morning then 15:00 to 18:30 ish
taken from the website
The costs for all inclusive package of 2 training sessions, 2 meals and accommodation is 900 baht a day for stays of up to two weeks and for over two weeks it is 800 baht a day.
For individual walk in sessions the cost is 400 baht for 1 session a day and 600 baht for 2 in a day.
For information about discounts for longer stays please email to the above address.
100bht is approx £2
Kaewsamrit is another gym I have trained at which is superb. Rob no longer works there, so am unsure of how the translations go on.
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