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Muay Thai Training in Thailand

Whether you are a beginner or professional, whether your goal is to master the basics or to learn more advanced techniques, you are all welcome at Emerald Gym and will find it all there. They strive for authenticity and ensure the training you receive is tailored to your level. Located in the beautiful scenery of Ao Nang, Krabi, you will be trained by former professional boxers. This is such a rare offer and if you are already in Thailand, you can apply for an ED visa without leaving the country!

Meet the instructors

Wilfried, Karoon, Ajarn Padaa, & 4 More…
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  • Muay Thai training twice daily
  • Watch your skills improve at lightning speed
  • Training from Monday to Saturday and possibility to fight at the stadium
  • Muay Thai trainers who are also current fighters
  • Idyllic and wonderful location in the nature
  • Free access to the gym facilities
  • All levels are welcomed here
  • 30 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


23 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Thai
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Emerald Gym offers private air-conditioned rooms with pool access and private fighter bungalows with air-conditioned rooms. All of which are inclusive of Wi-Fi, cable TV, hot shower, western toilets, fridge and bed sheets.


Muay Thai morning session

The morning is essentially reserved for the work of the physical condition, the development of the physical qualities, and the technique. The various energy systems are so taken into account, and improved according to time. The session begins at 7 a.m. (footing) and ends between 10 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

The jogging done in the morning are not compulsory for the non-competitors / non-fighters. Beginners take 5 kilometers jogging session up to the beach of Ao Nang, on an average of 30 minutes. Intermediate level students take 7 kilometers jogging session up to the beach of Nopparat on an average of 45 minutes.

Meanwhile Confirmed students usually take 10 kilometers jogging sessions up to the national park of Nopparat, on an average of 55 minutes and professional boxers have a 12 kilometers jogging session up to the national park of Nopparat with 30% of the slope for an hour. Some days of the week will be reserved for the anaerobic systems (sprints).

Muay Thai morning session routine

  • Stretching, warm-up sessions: 5 minutes of stretch; 20 minutes of shadow.
  • Heavy bag work sessions: 3 rounds of 3 minutes free.
  • Boxing ring: Work with subjects (styles, attack, defense), technical correction, sparring.
  • Specific work out: Work out being used is the specific effort to Muay Thai, K1 or boxing. Development of the strength / speed, the stamina, the power (clinch) and the explosion.

Muay Thai afternoon session routine

  • Warm-up: 10 minutes of stretch, 15 minutes of skipping, 20 minutes of shadow.
  • Heavy bag work: 3 to 5 rounds of 3 to 5 minutes (according to energy systems trained) in subjects (fists, feet, knees, elbows).
  • Boxing ring: 3 x 3 rounds of paos of 3 to 5 minutes with your trainer, with who you can learn and put into practice most possible techniques; sparring (not compulsory for the non-competitors); clinching.
  • Stretching and sit-ups: Stretching of 15 minutes; work of abdominal muscles, big right(law), obliques, lumbar vertebrae, 15 minutes to 20 minutes.

Daily schedule Monday to Saturday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Muay Thai running
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Muay Thai sparring
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Muay Thai training sessions

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This sport includes the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and feet.

The Muay Thai story

Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout Southeast Asia. As with the most countries in the region, Thai culture is highly influenced by ancient civilizations within Southeast Asia. Muay Thais origin in Thailand can be traced back to its ancestor Muay Boran (ancient boxing), an unarmed combat used by Siamese soldiers in conjunction with Krabi Krabong, the weapon-based style.

Eventually, Muay Boran was divided to Muay Korat (Northeast) emphasizing strength. A technique like Throwing Buffalo Punch was used. It could supposedly defeat a buffalo in one blow; Muay Lopburi (Center region) emphasized movements. Its strong points were straight and counter punches; Muay Chaiya (South) emphasized posture and defense, as well as elbows and knees; and Muay Pra Nakorn (North) emphasized speed, particularly in kicking. Because of its faster speed, it was called as well Ling Lom (windy monkey or Loris).

There is a phrase about Muay Boran that states, Punch Korat, Wit Lopburi, Posture Chaiya, Faster Thasao. As well as continuing to function as a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, Muay Thai became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. This kind of muay contest gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples. It was even used as entertainment to kings.

Eventually, the previously bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of rope wrapped around their hands and forearms. This type of match was called muay kaad chuek.

In its original form, Muay Thai consisted of an arsenal of nine weapons - the head, fists, elbows, knees and feet - known collectively as na-wa arwud. However in modern Muay Thai, both amateur and professional, head-butting an opponent is no longer allowed.

To strike and bind the opponent for both offensive and defensive purposes, small amounts of stand-up grappling are used: the clinch. Formal Muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups: Mae Mai or major techniques and Luk Mai or minor techniques. Muay Thai is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another. This is certainly the case with traditional stylists in Thailand but is a less popular form of fighting in the contemporary world fighting circuit.

With the success of Muay Thai in mixed martial arts fighting, it has become the de facto martial art of choice for competitive stand-up fighters. As a result, it has evolved and incorporated much more powerful hand striking techniques used in western-style boxing and the Thai style of exchanging blow for blow is no longer favorable. Note: when Muay Thai fighters compete against fighters of other styles (and if the rules permit it), they almost invariably emphasize elbow (sok) and knee (kao) techniques to gain a distinct advantage in fighting.

Almost all techniques in Muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, and block. The rotation of the hips in Muay Thai techniques, and intensive focus on core muscles (such as abdominal muscles and surrounding muscles) is very distinctive and is what sets Muay Thai apart from other styles of martial arts. The televisions of the whole world broadcast the big fights of Muay Thai in Thailand and in Japan and more particularly the spectacular tournament of K1.

Benefits of Muay Thai

  • Striking techniques
  • Clinching
  • Timing, coordination
  • Stamina, explosive power

Course preparation

Conditioning before coming to the camp is recommended. Although Emerald Gym welcomes all levels and will adjust the training syllabus according to your own pace, an intensive workout is expected, which requires above-average physical strength and stamina.


Wilfried Montagne


Ajarn Padaa





The camp is located in the south of Thailand, in the province of Krabi, and more exactly in Ao Nang Beach. It is situated 800 kilometers from Bangkok and 180 kilometers from Phuket. Rapidly growing, this region is nevertheless protected from the mass tourism, allowing the practice of the camps sports activities and the discovery of this magnificent region.

Its very beautiful beach allows the training to include some of the activities in an idyllic atmosphere, but it is also a place of rest and relaxation, as well as a point of access towards the visit of islands aboard charming long tail boats. If the sport is your passion, Emerald Gym will be able to advise you to practice other activities within the best structures of the region (diving, climbing, trekking, and kayaking). Naturally the region is convenient for the tasting of excellent Thai dishes.


Food is not included in the price. Participants will be responsible for their own meals.

Things to do (optional)

Walk-in training (300 THB per time)

One week training (3000 THB)

VIP training (600 THB per hour)

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What's included

  • 30 nights accomodation
  • Daily training in Muay Thai (twice per day) from Monday to Saturday
  • Room service daily

What's not included

  • Air travel expenses
  • Food
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Electricity and water bill for bungalow accommodation

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The fastest way to arrive to the gym is by plane, about 1 hour 15 minutes from Bangkok to Krabi (town) and about 20 minutes by bus or by taxi from the airport. Book your flight ticket with these companies Air Asia, Thai airways, or Bangkok airways.

Arrival by bus

A cheaper solution and more local style is to take a bus on the regular line Bangkok - Krabi. Book your ticket directly at the southern bus station Sai Tai Mai at Bangkok. It takes around twelve hours to reach Krabi.

Arrival from Phuket

From Phuket, you can take a minivan, departure every day at 7 a.m., or the ferry, departure every day at 8.30 a.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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