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Muay Thai Training in Thailand – 8 of the Best Muay Thai Camps!

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.

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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, accommodation and training gear.
A group of Muay Thai students at Sitjemam Muay Thai Gym Pai, Thailand

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.

More info on Sitjemam Muay Thai Training HERE.

Owner of the gym Mam trains one of the students!
Co-owner of Sitjemam gym, Mam, trains with one of the students!

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.
group of muay thai trainees Punch It Gym Koh Samui Thailand

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!

More info on Punch it Gym Training HERE.

Morning jogging on the beach in Koh Samui
Morning jogging on the beach in Koh Samui with the team from Punch It Gym!

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.
Muay Thai Training in Phetchabun, Thailand

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. 

More info on Battle Conquer Muay Thai Package HERE.

The scenery around Phetchabhun, Thailand where Battle Conquer is located.
The tranquil scenery around Phetchabun, Thailand, where Battle Conquer is located.

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 Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

More info on Por Silaphai Muay Thai Training HERE.

Getting fit can be fun at Por Silaphai Gym, Bangkok.

5. Attachai Muay Thai Gym – Bangkok, ThailandCURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

  • 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 Muaythai Gym, Bangkok

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.

More info on Attachai Muay Thai Training HERE.

Attachai trains with a student at his gym in Bangkok.
Attachai trains with a student at his gym in Bangkok.

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, Krabi
Serious fighters at Honour Muay Thai, Krabi.

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!

More info on Honour Muay Thai Training HERE.

Thepprasit Stadium you have to walk through this to access Honour Muay Thai Camp.
Thepprasit Stadium you have to walk through this to access Honour Muay Thai Camp.

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.

More info on Fit Koh Fitness Camp Package HERE.

8. One Blue Sports Club – Koh Phangan, ThailandCURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

  • 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.
People fighting Muay Thai
‘You don’t have to be a fighter to train like one!’ – The mantra of One Blue Sports Club.

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 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!

lady in muay thai training Punch it Gym Koh Samui Thailand

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.

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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 your fitness level to avoid injury and over-exertion. In most Muay Thai gyms, you’ll 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 hardcore, but the reward, in the end, is worth it!

Punchit Gym Koh Samui, Thailand

What are the benefits of Muay Thai Training?

Muay Thai has many advantages. However, in 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 are 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.

Where can I learn more about Muay Thai?

If you are looking to broaden your Muay Thai knowledge, we recommend reading around the subject. There are a number of Muay Thai memoirs on the market as well as beginner-friendly training manuals. See this post for some of the top-rated Muay Thai books.

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.

a muay thai trainee Punch It Gym Koh Samui Thailand

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.

Read more on watching a Muay Thai fight in Bangkok here.

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. 

The location of Attachai Muay Thai Gym, Bangkok.
World Champion Attachai Fairtex is a trainer at Attachai Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok.

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.)

Thailand Visa Stamp
Thailand Visa Stamp.

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

If you are interested to train and stay in Thailand for 4-6 months, you would be best off visiting your local Thai Embassy and speaking to them about getting a 3-month Tourist Visa (extendable) or a 6-month Tourist Visa. 
Each Thai Embassy in each country will have different rules depending on your nationality. Also, the rules frequently change, so it is best to speak with them about when you are going and what is the longest visa you can get.
Depending on your citizenship and the latest requirements, you normally need to show certain documents in order to get the 6-month visa. For example, you will need to show a bank statement with a certain amount of balance (normally 5,000 Euros for European citizens, however it varies from country to country). 
You would also need some documents from the Muay Thai School where you are planning to train. (For example, you would need to show the receipt of total payment of accommodation and training, as well as documents such as the school license and government IDs, plus land property papers. Most legitimate Muay Thai Schools (all of the schools on this above list) will happily provide all the necessary documents for you in advance when you are ready to apply for your visa. 
If it isn’t possible to have a balance of 5,000 Euros in a bank account, then you could also apply for a 3 month visa (which requires a lower balance, depending on your nationality). You could then extend your 3-month visa 1 more month (1900 THB) and after that (4 months), take a border run to a neighbouring country of Thailand, for example Myanmar or Laos (easily accessible by land from Northern Thailand.) You would then return with a 1 month visa which you could extend a further month, taking the total stay up to 6 months.
Or, you could go to a Thai Embassy in a neighbouring country (e.g. Vientiane in Laos) and apply for a longer visa 2-3 months again, and repeat. (Not all towns have Thai embassies, so you would need to go to a city in order to get the longer tourist visa.)
So for the longer visas – to summarise, your first point of call is your local Thai Embassy or Consular Office, to get the up to date first hand info, as requirements and strictness will vary from country to country.

Six to Twelve Months Muay Thai Training

Depending on your nationality, the 6-month tourist visa can be extended within Thailand at an Immigration Centre, for a further 3 months (taking it to 9 months) if you decide to stay in Thailand any longer. If you want to stay longer than that, well you better start looking for a husband/wife/job!

Education visas for Muay Thai Training

Whilst doing research into Muay Thai Training long-term, you may have come across information about the “Education Visa” or Student Visa. Up until recently (late 2012), many of the Muay Thai Schools in Thailand were able to offer a 9-12 month Education Visa for Muay Thai Students. However, this is now illegal. You may find that some Muay Thai schools say that they will still provide this, but officially it is illegal and you (and the school) could get in trouble if you apply for an Ed Visa for training Muay Thai!
There has recently been a serious crackdown on the Education Visa recently as many people were taking unofficial classes in order to just get the visa and so the police are now more strict and do regular check ups! Students and Muay Thai Trainers have been prosecuted and it’s wise to avoid this route completely as you just don’t want to mess with Thai authorities that’s for sure!

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