Do you want to get fit and tone your body whilst learning the ancient art of Muay Thai in the land of its birth? If you’re looking for the best Muay Thai camp in Thailand, let us help you find the perfect place to suit you!
The Best Muay Thai Training Camps in Thailand
Most of the Muay Thai schools listed below are currently open for students operating with additional safety measures during the COVID-19 Pandemic. If a gym is not open for bookings at the moment, we have said so in the description under its name.
As Muay Thai is the National Sport of Thailand there are hundreds of training camps to be found throughout the country in different locations. Depending on how long you would like to train for, your budget, your preferred location and how serious you are about the sport, each one will offer a different experience. The most important thing is to find the right Muay Thai camp to suit you.
We can help you to do that with our guide below on the best Muay Thai camps in Thailand and what each one offers that’s a little bit different to the next! So if you’ve always fancied learning Muay Thai, but don’t know your Spinning Back-Fist from your Cobra Punch (which, let’s face it, means most of us), worry not! With these awesome training camps, before you know it you’ll be knocking those porridge oats off the top shelf of the pantry with a swift Round House Kick!
1. Sitjemam Muay Thai – Pai, Thailand
- Where: Pai, Northern Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $145 USD,
- Price for 1 month: $450 USD
- Includes: 2 x daily training sessions, food, accommodation and training gear.
Sitjemam Muay Thai is Perfect For:
- Beginners who have never done Muay Thai before.
- Those looking for a budget experience – this is one of the best value Muay Thai Trainings in the country!
- Those looking to meet fellow travellers in the friendly traveller hub of Pai, Thailand.
- Those who want to experience the beautiful countryside of North Thailand, just 3 hrs from Chiang Mai.
- For backpackers, this is an excellent choice as it’s cheap, yet the training is top quality.
- We also love the charismatic and friendly owner, Ms. Mam, who will help you settle in.
2. Punch It Muay Thai Gym – Koh Samui, Thailand
- Where: Koh Samui, South Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $231 USD
- Price for 1 month: $744 USD
- Includes: Twice daily training sessions, accommodation, gear and gym usage, free airport pick up.
Punch It Muay Thai Gym is Perfect For:
- Beginners and intermediates.
- Those who are looking for a top quality place to train with excellent facilities, equipment and gear.
- Those who prefer more comfortable ‘flashpacker’ accommodation over backpacker dorm rooms (complete with a swimming pool!)
- Those who want a good value for money experience with excellent trainers.
- People looking to make friends and have fun in a lovely environment.
- Being located on a tropical island with gorgeous beaches nearby is of course – a bonus!
3. Battle Conquer Gym – Phetchabun, Thailand
- Where: Phetchabun, Northern Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $380 USD
- Price for 1 month: $1,587 USD
- Includes: Daily Muay Thai and Crossfit Training, accommodation, 3 meals a day (optional raw fest), excursions, bike hire + more.
Battle Conquer Muay Thai is Perfect For:
- Those wanting to get off the beaten track in an authentic area of Thailand.
- Those wanting to get away from it all and be in the countryside with farmland, lakes and hills around.
- People who want to lose weight, detox, concentrate on fitness and make a big change to their lives.
- People who are interested in doing a ‘raw fest’ – a raw vegetable and fruit diet that cleanses the colon.
- Those who fancy fitting in some excursions to their training experience – activities such as hiking, swimming, mountain biking and visits to local markets.
4. Por Silaphai Gym – Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Where: Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $157 USD
- Price for 1 month: $396 USD
- Includes: 2 X training sessions day, all gear, AC dorm-style accommodation.
- Currently not taking bookings
Por Silaphai Gym is Perfect For:
- Travellers wanting to try Muay Thai for the first time as a total beginner.
- Budget backpackers looking for a excellent value for money experience with top quality trainers.
- Those who want to be based in the buzzing cultural capital of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Those wanting to also have the chance to experience activities, restaurants, bars and festivals in the city.
- Those looking for a friendly, fun place to learn and make new friends, regardless of your fitness level.
5. Attachai Muay Thai Gym – Bangkok, Thailand
- Where: Bangkok, Northern Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $225 USD
- Price for 1 month: $920 USD
- Includes: 2 X daily Muay Thai sessions, meals and accommodation.
Attachai Muay Thai is Perfect For:
- Those excited to train with legendary 3-times World Champion Attachai Fairtex “The Left Hand From God.”
- People wanting to train in an authentic Thai setting in a real Muay Thai gym in the heart of Bangkok.
- Beginners, intermediates or more experienced fighters.
- Those looking for a real once in a lifetime experience and the chance to train with a real Muay Thai World Champion!
- Budget travellers. This Muay Thai Training is great value for money experience.
6. Honour Muay Thai – Krabi, Thailand
- Where: Krabi, South Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $76 USD
- Price for 1 month: $243 USD
- Includes: This price includes training only. (Accommodation and food packages are available).
Honour Muay Thai is Perfect For:
- Those wanting to base themselves in the beautiful Krabi area of Thailand, near to gorgeous beaches.
- Those looking for a serious gym that trains high-level fighters.
- Those wanting to learn the best skills and techniques from active fighters and ex-champions.
- Those who already have a high level of fitness who really want to take their training to the next level.
- There is a Muay Thai stadium right next door to the gym where you can watch real fights every week. Perfect for those wanting to get fighting inspiration from the masters!
7. FitKoh Thailand Fitness Camp – Koh Samui, Thailand
- Where: Koh Samui, Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $450 USD
- Price for 1 month: $1,530 USD
Fit Koh Fitness Camp Gym is Perfect For:
- Those wanting more than just a rugged Muay Thai Camp experience.
- Those wanting to treat themselves to a truly life-changing retreat, complete with personalised diet and exercise and wellness plan, plus massages!
- Those who want a Personal Trainer and a dedicated 1-to-1 experience.
- Those in need of a break from a stressful career or wanting to break bad habits.
- Those looking to meet new people, make new friends and be inspired.
- Those wanting comfortable “flashpacker” accommodation with excellent facilities and a luxury gym.
- The gym is located on the island of Koh Samui, close to beautiful beaches and lots of activities and restaurants.
8. One Blue Sports Club – Koh Phangan, Thailand
- Where: Koh Phangan, South Thailand
- Price for 1 week: $133 USD
- Price for 1 month: $465 USD
- Includes: 2 x daily Muay Thai training sessions, accommodation and training equipment.
- Currently not taking bookings.
One Blue Sports Club is Perfect For:
- Backpackers looking to shape up and get fit without spending a fortune. This is one of Thailand’s best budget train and stay programs.
- Enthusiasts of all abilities!
- Fighters looking for an old school ‘Rocky’ type of vibe. These classes will make you sweat and learn at the same time.
- Those looking to replenish their energy levels on a nearby beach! What could be better?!
- Travellers looking to focus on traditional techniques as well as building their own strength.
Frequently Asked Questions about Muay Thai Training in Thailand
Also see – Muay Thai in Bangkok.
How much does Muay Thai Training in Thailand cost?
The cost depends on the camp that you decide to train at and what’s included in the package, e.g. food, accommodation, extras. For a one-week’s training program, the cost can be from $150 USD to $500 USD. A one off training session (2 hours) will cost around $15 USD, if you are just interested in trying out a class.
How long can you train for?
Muay Thai schools across Thailand offer visitors the chance to come and learn Muay Thai with lengths of stays ranging from several days to several weeks and in some cases even months and years!
What is the training like?
Most Muay Thai camps usually have 2 X Muay Thai training sessions per day, which last for approximately two hours each. It is best to train early in the morning and later in the afternoon when the weather is not too hot in Thailand. Some schools will also encourage an early morning run as part of the fitness training before the Muay Thai session starts, but this is usually optional. Depending on the Muay Thai camp, your training may include a strict exercise regime and a tailored diet, so if you’re planning to slot in a quick bout of exercise between beers and burgers on a boozy beach holiday, then maybe a short taster day is more up your street!
What is included in the Muay Thai Training packages?
Food and basic accommodation are often included in the price of the Muay Thai package. Other extras such as free use of the gym at all times, equipment and gear usage and bicycle hire can sometimes be included. Be sure to check the details of the gym where you are planning to train.
What Equipment Will I Need For Muay Thai?
Without taking a deep dive into the best Muay Thai gear available, here’s a quick list of what you will need:
Remember to check to see what your camp provides and what gear you’ll need to take with you.
- Muay Thai Shorts
- Muay Thai Hand Wraps
- Muay Thai Gloves
- Mouth Guard
- Muay Thai Shin Guard
- Muay Thai Ankle Wraps
- Groin Protection
- Head Protection
- Muay Thai Elbow Pads
- Muay Thai Knee Pads
Where are the Muay Thai schools located?
Muay Thai camps are located all across the country. You’ll find camps in some of the more tourist areas like Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. However, you will also find some Muay Thai camps in off the beaten track areas, such as Phetchabun. The location that you choose will depend on the type of experience that you want to have in Thailand. Do you want to experience an authentic Thai way of life? Do you prefer to have the comfort of having Western restaurants and other facilities close?
How fit do I have to be?
This totally depends on the school. Some of the more serious Muay Thai camps will require a certain level of fitness before booking the course. Some of them are specifically designed to make healthy fit people out of ones who have gotten out of shape in recent years. Some ask that you are able to run for 10km before signing up! It’s important to choose the right school to suit for your fitness level you to avoid injury and over-exertion. In most Muay Thai gyms, you’ll be be doing at least two Muay Thai training sessions a day, so mentally and physically you need to be prepared for a challenge! Muay Thai can be hard core, but the reward in the end is worth it!
What are the benefits of Muay Thai Training?
Muay Thai has many advantages. However, from my opinion, the main advantage of this sport is certainly the personal discipline that you will develop as you start to train. Other benefits include:
- You will see improvement in your physical condition.
- You will be able to keep a cool head when you are faced with danger.
- You will develop a healthy change in lifestyle as you become more disciplined and focused.
- You will always be learning new things.
- Muay Thai is totally recommended for people who want to make a fresh start in the life!
Is Muay Thai a good workout? How does Muay Thai compare with other forms of fitness training?
Muay Thai is a very complex sport and it is much more than just fitness training. In this sport, you train body tension, coordination, fitness and mental strength. From my point of view, I also believe that Muay Thai is not as boring as other types of fitness training and you’ll find that you are getting fit whilst having lots of fun and not even realise that you are doing exercise.
Is Muay Thai good for self defence?
Yes, as mentioned above, one of the best side effects of training Muay Thai is that you will become more capable of defending yourself in the event of an attack or robbery.
Is Muay Thai a good way to lose weight?
Of course Muay Thai is a good exercise for losing weight because to do the sport, you need to use your whole body. The other advantage of training Muay Thai in Koh Samui, Thailand is the heat (32 – 34 degrees) which are perfect conditions for losing weight.
However, nutrition is also very important. The training is exhausting and you lose a lot of water. So it is important that you don’t go on another special diet. You should drink and eat a lot and consume a lot of vitamins and minerals.
Can you build muscle with Muay Thai?
Many people approach Muay Thai with the aim of losing weight, but what they don’t realise is that at the same time that you lose fat during the training, you also build up muscle.
As muscle mass is heavier than fat, you shouldn’t look only at the scales, you need to look at the overall picture; how healthy you feel and the state of your body before and after. Of course, transformations do not happen overnight and you need time, like with any exercise. However, we have seen amazing results from students in just a few weeks.
I want to train Muay Thai for the first time. How should I prepare?
When you get the idea in your head that you want to try Muay Thai for the first time, there is no preparation required. All you need to do is take the first step. Many people have the thought that ‘one day’ they want to try Muay Thai. The best thing to do is stop thinking and start doing!
Is Muay Thai dangerous?
One of the most commonly asked questions about Muay Thai is whether it is dangerous. Of course, practising Muay Thai can leave you exposed to injuries, however, this is a risk that can be mitigated by training with experienced instructors who know how to keep you safe.
Is it healthy / okay to train Muay Thai every day?
Of course it’s good to exercise a lot, but as with everything, it’s also good to have a balance. The body also needs recovery time. And that’s exactly what’s possible here in paradise Koh Samui. From my point of view, it’s not possible to train so much at home with work. But when you are here on holiday, you have peace, relaxation and enough time. So it is quite possible to train twice daily. Good nutrition and sleep is important here. In addition, you have the opportunity to enjoy good and cheap Thai massages. So it is quite possible to train every day if you like!
What gear do I need to practice Muay Thai at home?
If you’ve enjoyed your Muay Thai camp so much that you can’t bear to live without the daily training routine, setting up a small “at home” gym is the easiest way to keep things moving. You can spend as little or as much as you want on your at-home Muay Thai set up but here are a few of our favourite bits of kit. The links to Amazon below are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate South East Asia Backpacker earns from qualifying purchases.
Where does Muay Thai come from?
Muay Thai Boxing is a traditional form of combat sport practised in Thailand and now throughout the world. Its origins stem from an older form of combat called ‘Muay Boran’ (ancient boxing), which was used back in the days when Siamese soldiers lost their weapons and were forced to fight unarmed. Muay Thai is often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” due to its use of fists, feet, elbows and knees. Whereas most combat sports use either just the fists or the feet, Muay Thai makes use of the whole body for both defending and striking.
Read more about the history of Muay Thai here.
Can I go to watch a fight in Thailand?
With over 60,000 full-time boxers in Thailand alone, fighting is big business here. Most tourist places tend to heavily promote the fights so you probably won’t need to look far to find one. If a tout doesn’t hand you a flyer personally at your dinner table or the bar, then you’re sure to see and definitely hear the offensively loud trucks going by announcing each fight night.
Where is the ultimate place to watch a fight in Thailand?
Whilst the local fights can be a great night out, if you’re looking for something on a grander scale then a bigger venue like Lumpini Stadium in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is your answer. With spectacular displays from some of Thailand’s best boxers and a lively crowd made up of both Thais and tourists you’re in for a real treat. Even if fighting is not your thing, there’s no denying the electrifying and contagious atmosphere and you can’t help but get caught up in the “Ooh”s and “Aaah”s. The stadium hosts Muay Thai Boxing matches every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and although tickets can be quite expensive at around 1,500 Baht for foreigners, it’s well worth it for an evening’s entertainment.
Muay Thai Fighters
How much money does a Muay Thai fighter make in Thailand?
Muay Thai is a real profession in Thailand and many fighters support their entire family this way. Owing to the popularity of the sport and its long esteemed history, it is still perceived as a very noble and patriotic career.
Despite this, most fighters make very little money when compared to famous boxers or MMA stars in Europe and USA. Due to the demanding physical nature of the sport and also because so many fighters start their training young, Muay Thai fighters very rarely have long careers.
This isn’t a big deterrent though as the sport offers great ‘retirement’ options too. Whilst you’ll have to be world-class to earn big money (which let’s face it, most fighters won’t be), many Muay Thai experts go on to teach in Muay Thai camps around the country.
Although anybody can learn Muay Thai, many of the most successful fighters begin training between the ages of 6-8 years old.
Visas for Muay Thai Training in Thailand
What visa do I need if I want to do Train Muay Thai long-term e.g. 3-12 months?
Depending on how long that you would like to learn Muay Thai for, you may come across issues with your visa. For more information on Thailand visas see our guide. You can also read more about Thailand border runs here. Below is some information about what visa to apply for depending on how long you would like to train for. Please note: The info below varies depending on your nationality and it is wise to check with your local Thai Embassy before you travel to make sure what rules apply to a person of your citizenship. Please check out visa guide here for more information.)
One Month Muay Thai Training
For a one-month Muay Thai training program or less, you would not need to apply for a visa in advance. You could just get the 30-day entry pass at the airport when you arrive.
Two Month Muay Thai Training
You have two options. You can either apply for a 2-month tourist visa in advance at your local Thai Embassy (which costs around $40 US depending on where you apply). Or, you can enter on a 30-day visa free entry pass and then extend this for a further one month at an Immigration Centre in Thailand (1900 THB). Immigration departments are in most cities and towns up and down the country.
Three Month Muay Thai Training
The best thing to do if you would like to train Muay Thai for 3 months is to apply for a 2-month Thailand Tourist Visa at your local Thai Embassy before you travel. If you get the 2-month visa, you would then need to extend it for a further 30 days at an Immigration Centre within Thailand (1900 THB).
Four to Six Month Muay Thai Training
Six to Twelve Months Muay Thai Training
Education visas for Muay Thai Training
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