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Muay Thai Training @ Sitjemam | 1 Week – 6 Months | PAI, THAILAND

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  • Authentic professional Muay Thai training at superb value for money.
  • Train in luscious North Thailand countryside, 10-min from the popular travel hub, Pai.
  • Price Includes: Accommodation. Equipment. 2 X Muay Thai / Muay Boran sessions daily.

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Professional Muay Thai training in the beautiful North of Thailand at an incredible price.

Who will enjoy training Muay Thai at Sitjemam?

Located in the heart of nature only a 10-minute motorbike or car ride from Pai Town, Sitjemam is perfect for:

  • Students that want to immerse themselves completely in the raw training experience of rural Thailand.
  • Students that want to train with expert fighters, but do not have a huge budget.
  • Students that want to combine their training with meeting other travellers or occasionally enjoying the delicious wallet-friendly western food Pai offers.

What will you do there? 

During your stay you will experience:

  • Two daily training sessions (2 hours each) of Muay Thai or Muay Boran – Monday-Saturday (Sunday is a rest day).
  • Jogging every morning at 7.30 am (optional).
  • Small group training which allows one-to-ones with professional trainers.
  • Training partners of all levels (note: you will be partnered with students of a similar level)

What Else is Included?

  • Free use of gym
  • Accommodation (more details below)
  • Water refills (please bring your own bottle)

Daily Training Program

  • Morning sessions start at 8 am
  • Afternoon sessions start at 4 pm.

Each day’s training program includes:

  1. Stretching/warm-up/rope skipping
  2. Techniques and shadow-boxing under a trainer’s instruction
  3. Bagwork/warm-up supervised by a trainer
  4. Padwork with a trainer
  5. Drills on the bag (punches/knees/kicks/push kicks)
  6. Sparring and/or clinching supervised by a trainer (advanced level only)
  7. Core conditioning (sit-ups, push-ups, back, neck, leg exercises)
  8. Cool down/stretching


  • This package includes basic accommodation on-site at the Muay Thai Camp (private room with a single bed, wardrobe, free WIFI, shared bathroom). See the photos below.
  • If there is no accommodation available on-site, students can be housed at the nearby resort, Baan Suan Violin for a similar price, depending on the season. See their rooms here. Buan Suan Violin is a few minutes’ walking distance of the gym.
  • Upgrades are available: You can upgrade to a larger room (kingsize bed, private bathroom, fridge, kettle, drinking water, free WIFI) for an extra $20 US per week or $54 US per month, depending on availability. Request your upgrade in the additional information box when you place your booking. 
  • Check-in: 2 pm.
  • Check-out: 12 pm.

See examples of the local accommodation below:

The Trainers

At Sitjemam, each member of the training team has their own speciality. Thanks to the variety of styles that you will train with each of them, you’ll progress in many ways at once, resulting in a more balanced fighting style, an understanding of how to react to a 

Kru Yai Joe

Head trainer

Kru Joe comes from the world-renowned Yokkao Saenchai Muay Thai Team Bangkok and is a feared Nak Muay currently representing Sitjemam on international and national stages with his distinctive Muay Fimeu style. He has extensive experience having formed numerous champions in Thailand and abroad.

Ajarn Mam

Co-Founder-Gym Manager-Trainer

Mrs Mam is a former fighter and is now the General Manager of the camp. She is an ‘A-License’ Grand Master recognised by the Thai government, International Registered Referee and a Promoter. She is also Kru Muay Boran and specialized in training kids.

Kru Dudee


Kru Dudee has been part of the Sitjemam family since the very beginning as a fighter, and later, a trainer (still active in the fight scene). Kru Dudee is a classic example of a Muay Mad fighter (a focus on punches)

Kru Ron

One of the latest additions at Sitjemam, Kru Ron specialises in another traditional Muay Thai style, Muay Khao (knee fighter). Full of character, Ron is a former Central Thailand Champion and proudly represents Sitjemam on both national and international stages.

Mr. Em

Co-Founder, Fight Manager

Mr. Em takes care of the matchmaking and fighters’ preparation, working as a scout and referee for several top promotions. He is a former top fighter, having fought some of the biggest events in Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, China, and Europe. Mr Em has worked as a trainer in Europe, Australia, Japan and South Korea.


Meals are not included in the price. There is a cheap local Thai restaurant right next door. Food Panda also delivers from several of the restaurants in town. Pai Town is a 10-min motorbike ride from the gym where you will find many different types of local and international restaurants.

Gym usage

The gym is available for use free of charge after the normal class time (silence during rest time must be observed from 1.30 pm to 3 pm (lunch) and from 9 pm to 7.30 am (night-time)).

Equipment usage

All students are given a Muay Thai kit of three pieces to use, free of charge, during their time at the gym (Booster or Yokkao gloves, Twins or Raja shinpads, Fairtex or Booster hand wraps (upon size availability).

  • For sparring/clinching wearing a mouthpiece is compulsory for safety reasons (it can be bought in the on-site shop for approximately 450 THB).
  • For hygiene reasons, if you want to buy your own hand wraps and gloves, they are also available at the on-site shop. (Gloves start at 1600 THB for 12 Oz (Booster leather). Hand wraps start at 400 THB.)

Motorbike hire

Motorbike or bicycle rental service on-site (2,500 THB per month or 100 THB per day), so that you can experience all of what the beautiful Pai area has to offer.

What to bring?

  • Comfortable sports clothes that you can move in
  • Running shoes
  • A small towel
  • Water bottle

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 48 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.



What’s the best way to get to Sitjemam Muay Thai School?

If you are flying internationally, the cheapest flights are likely to be direct to Bangkok.

From Bangkok, you then need to get to Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. There are 3 ways to do this:

  • The easiest way is to take a cheap internal flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with a Thai budget airline, such as Air Asia or Nok Air. (You can use Skyscanner to compare cheap prices.) The price will be around $30-$50 US and the flight time is around 1 hour.
  • You can also take the train from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Train Station to Chiang Mai (12-13 hours).
  • You can also take a bus (10 hours) to Chiang Mai. For buses and trains, you can book tickets in advance 12GO Asia.
  • Depending on the time of your flight, you may need to spend one night in Bangkok and travel the next day. (You can check out a list of great hostels to stay in Bangkok here.)

From Chiang Mai, it’s just a short journey to Pai, where the gym is located. The journey takes 2 and 1/2 hours and costs 150 THB (approx). Minibuses run regularly from Arcade Bus Station in Chiang Mai. You can book this online at 12Go.Asia.

When you arrive at the bus station in Pai, you can then make your own way to Sitjemam Gym, or Mam, the owner of the gym, can arrange a free pick-up for you. (It’s just a 10-minute drive from the camp to there.)

Do I need a visa to train Muay Thai in Thailand?

Regarding visas for Thailand, if you plan to train Muay Thai for less than a month, there is no need for a visa as most citizens get 30-day free entry pass upon arrival into Thailand (This depends on your nationality). More general info on visas here if you need it.

If you are planning to go for more than a month then you will need to apply for a longer visa in your home country before you fly. You can read more information on longer visas for Muay Thai Training here.

How long should I book in advance?

Sitjemam is an extremely well-regarded Muay Thai School and is therefore very popular. We always recommend that you book as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment, especially because the school strictly limits the number of students for good quality training.

The busiest time of year is the high season (October to February) and April is also a busy month (Thai new year holidays). As we cannot give you an exact forecast of future bookings, we advise you to secure your spot as soon as you have the dates that you would like to travel in mind.

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10 reviews for Muay Thai Training @ Sitjemam | 1 Week – 6 Months | PAI, THAILAND

  1. Flo

    Loved the experience training Muay Thai at Sitjemam. Really great classes and amazing trainers for all levels (I was a total beginner) and very supportive environment. Met really nice people. Location is amazing and accommodation is really nice as well – Would definitely recommend!

  2. Jackie F.

    I came here for a month, I am already planning to be back next year. 
    I wasnt really into thai boxing myself, but I wanted to have the real experience while in Thailand, and Sitjemam fullfulled my dream.
    The lessons are held in a training area facing a valley out of a postcard, with Mam and the team creating a supportive and high-energy athmosphere, focusing on any level – from fighters to beginners.
    The training group is relatively small and so its easy to socialize and hang out together after training times.
    Good fun, great memories and felt part of the family since day one, can’ t wait to be back ❤

  3. Jules Danes

    Been here while on holiday with my girlfriend. Trained k1 style years ago and always had the desire to train in Thailand. The Trainers were really attentive and understanding(i was a bit rusty and unfit) and they adapted the pad work accordingly focusing on correcting the technique.
    Highly recommended

  4. Patrick

    High quality training close to Pai surrounded by Nature. All the staff is extremely kind and helpful. The group experience is great. Definitely recommend.

  5. Paul Barley

    I went for 2 weeks and I really enjoyed it.
    Every session is well constructed with a fair share of bagwork, partner work and padwork with the teachers.
    I got some great feedback from the coach Tee and coach Dudee throughout the pad sessions on how to improve and it’s so important to me, as I came to learn and the coaches really care and they are not just telling me how good I am every kick I throw.
    This place has a very cool vibe and a really high standard in the gym.
    I think the training fee was great value for the caliber of this gym.
    I would highly recommend this place.

  6. nikki

    Great experience in such a nice location and with Mam ,Em , Tee and Bas I really felt like home.
    They even let me enter stadium with them for Miriam’s fight and I worked as cornerman for her :).
    I will be back for Christmas holidays and stay longer this time.

  7. thomas

    In february 2019 I travelled to Thailand with my girlfriend to train muay thai for 3 weeks.
    It was our big dream and we chose sitjemam after a long research, we wanted a genuine experience ‘off the beaten path’ and this is exactly what we got.
    Mam, Em, Dudee and Natt made us feel like home, always being treated like family and invited to join for fights and activities with the other students(we went trekking and even joined a half marathon together).
    I trained with Natt, top notch trainer from Bangkok and my girlfriend trained with Mam(the owner), they were also supportive and we learned a lot with fun.
    Our plan is now to go back at Sitjemam next year for a longer period, and hopefully compete for the gym.

  8. Iain


    3rd visit but first time with my partner, I was here to train alongside 4 other fighters who I met at the gym who also have upcoming fights in the near future.

    As I was fighting in China I had YouTube footage of my opponent so mam and em went through this with me, and the 4 weeks was great prep.

    My partner is a complete beginner, I knew she would enjoy the atmosphere of the gym which got her through the hardship of the training 🙂 without this she would not have had the motivation to keep going.


    The gym is well signposted and wasn’t to far from pai centre but far enough to get away from it all. the views are spectacular the gym is set in a peaceful area Mam and Em are such a lovely couple who have time for everyone.
    All my worries left as soon as I met them, so if you are like me and apprehensive about going don’t be.

  9. Noor

    This (Muay Thai boxing camp) is something I would like to recommend to everyone! Whether you have years of experience or have never practiced Muay before.
    Speaking for myself I didn’t have experience and now just have finished a 3 months intensive training at Sitjeman. In a short time by daily 4 hourly practising by intensive training I have improved my almost non-existent skills a great deal, thanks especially by the ever encouraging trainers.

    At the end of this very intensive training I’ve had my first official fight and that was an amazing experience!
    The owners Mam and Em are fun, loving and helpful people who have an enormous passion for muay thai boxing.
    It’s certainly worth it to visit Sitjeman and see the inspiration for yourself. I’ll definitely will visit Sitjeman again!

  10. Miriam

    Awesome experience. Great and fun trainers in a friendly environment surrounded by nature. I will surely be back next year!

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