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Whether it is to train and/or improve your Muay Thai techniques and skills, to get fit, build stamina, prepare yourself for a fight, or just to have some fun, Horizon Camp will help you get the job done. Their dedicated Muay Thai instructors provide friendly authentic Muay Thai boxing in tropical paradise surroundings. Anyone, young or old, male or female, beginners or experienced Muay Thai fighters, are very welcome to learn Muay Thai at Horizon training camp any time.
You will stay at on-site bungalows or huts provided by Horizon Camp. They are basic, but provide everything you need for your stay at The Muay Thai Camp. There are single to triple huts. You can choose to have a hut with or without shower and toilet. Every shower and sink has running fresh water delivered straight from the mountains. And of course, each hut has a fan to keep you cool during the many hot jungle nights.
Please note, that breakfast is not included. And last but not least, every hut has a balcony with unbelievable ocean views. You can relax and enjoy the view from your hammock on the balcony after your training. In case huts are fully booked, or you wish to stay at one of the other resorts in the neighborhood, Horizon is able to provide you the accommodations available at and nearby The Camp - please note: all are in walking distance from The Camp.
In any case the focus is on teaching, practicing, and improving your Thai Boxing skills, based on Horizon's Technique, Endurance and Power (T.E.P.) Philosophy. They start working on your techniques, while improving your endurance in order to build stamina - which you definitely need to uphold during 5 rounds in the ring. Only then have have developed the right body composition, muscle endurance, speed, balance, and agility in order to work on the right use of power.
Although there is a weekly training schedule based on T.E.P., each student's Thai kickboxing training regime is tailored to suit their individual needs. All of their carefully selected Thai instructors have lifelong Thai boxing experience and they are dedicated to making both your Muay Thai training effective and your time with Horizon Thai Boxing Camp memorable. So, if you want to focus more on improving your endurance in order to get fit and/or lose weight, just ask.
Sunday - Friday
8:00 - 8:30 Warm up (varies day to day from running, rope jumping, squats, push-ups, sit-ups, and everything else to get your endurance up. Warm Up also includes stretching and hand-wrapping)
8:30 - 9:00 Shadow boxing
9:00 - 9:30 Defence technique (Sunday and Monday) or Sparring and Shadow circuit (Tuesday to Friday)
9:30 - 10:00 Pad work and bag circuit
10:00 - 10:30 Kick bag (x60), front kick bag (x100), and knee bag (x100) (Sunday - Tuesday) or Clinching (Wednesday to Friday)
16:00 - 16:30 Warm up (varies day to day from running, rope jumping, squats, push-ups, sit-ups, and everything else to get your endurance up. Warm Up also includes stretching and hand-wrapping)
16:30 - 17:00 Shadow boxing
17:00 - 17:30 Defence technique (Sunday and Monday) or Sparring and Shadow circuit (Tuesday to Friday)
17:30 - 18:00 Pad work and bag circuit
18:00 - 18:30 Kick bag (x60), front kick bag (x100), and knee bag (x100) (Sunday - Tuesday) or Clinching (Wednesday to Friday)
Muay Thai is a combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as "the art of eight limbs" because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins.
Muay Thai is associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. It became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.
Muay Thai can be traced back to the 16th century, developed from the fighting style of the famous fighter Nai Khanomtom. Its ancestor is Muay Boran (or “ancient boxing”), which in the 1930s was formalized with rules and equipment influenced by Western boxing.
Koh Phangan (or Ko Pha Ngan) is a lush tropical island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, boasting unspoiled white sand beaches, azure seas, and an unsullied jungle interior. Koh Phangan started as a back door escape from its larger sister Koh Samui but is now blooming into an international destination for tourists and travellers around the world. Although very popular, the island has yet to become highly developed and retains much of its natural beauty.
People here continue to live a peaceful rural Thai lifestyle. Coconut farming is an important source of income for the local people and there is a flourishing fishing community. There have been many changes caused by development, but Koh Phangan still has plenty of remote beaches and is surrounded by a beautiful coral reef. Coastal areas are lined with plantations of gently waving coconut palms, and the untouched rainforest houses a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
About 8,000 people live on Koh Phangan. Some are Chinese whose ancestors migrated from China over 100 years ago. The main population lives in Thongsala the main town of the island.
Koh Phangan retains a uniquely relaxed and laid back atmosphere. During the 1990s, the island became popular with budget tourists seeking a simple beach lifestyle in paradise, complete with cheap accommodation, 'New Age' culture, and inexpensive Thai food. Koh Phangan is also famous for its monthly Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Beach. Apart from the island's reputation for full moon parties and a hedonistic culture, Koh Phangan is now becoming recognized for its splendor and natural beauty.
Near Haad Sadet on the east coast is a a trail which leads to a series of waterfalls collectively known as Than Sadet or the 'Royal Stream'. There are many coconut plantations, lovely bicycle trails and forested mountain terrain to explore. It's a place to go walking, snorkeling, swimming, or to try new things as far ranging as belly dancing or Thai Boxing. Koh Phangan is all about taking it easy and leaving the mainstream behind.
Koh Phangan has two sister islands: Koh Samui (a well known resort island) to the South and Koh Tao (a popular spot to learn scuba diving) to the North. Koh Phangan has a less modern atmosphere compared to Koh Samui and is generally less expensive. The lack of an airport has so far spared it from package tour development.
In the central northern region of modern-day Thailand, the establishment of Sukhothai as the capital in 1238 can, in many respects, be regarded as the birth of the prototype Thai nation itself. Sukhothai was founded as the great Khmer empire, which had held sway for thousands of years, went into decline. Some Thais sentimentally perceive this era to have been a cultural golden age in Thailand’s history.
In 1350, King Uthorn established another Thai capital, which eventually overshadowed Sukhothai, at Ayuthaya (just north of present-day Bangkok). Ayuthaya held sway for over two centuries and was an extremely prosperous city. Thailand has a history of incessant warfare with Burma, and during this era they remained arch enemies. Eventually, in 1767 the Burmese totally destroyed Ayuthaya city after a prolonged siege. The Siamese (later known as Thais) regrouped and managed to expel the Burmese, but the great city was never rebuilt.
The new king founded a new capital on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River at Thonburi. Then 1782 saw the start of a new era in Thailand history. The new capital at Thonburi was moved across the river to its present site at Bangkok. The still-ruling Chakri Dynasty was then founded under King Rama I.
During the 19th century, while the rest of South East Asia was being colonised, Siam (as Thailand was formerly known) managed to remain independent. By deftly playing off one European power against another King Mongkut (Rama IV) and Chulalongkorn (Rama V) managed to obtain many of the material benefits of colonialisation. This time saw an expansion of the road network and the introduction of railways, as well as many western-based reforms.
More recently Thailand has been rocked between military dictatorships and democratic movements by a series of coup d’etat. In 1932 a peaceful coup against absolute monarchy led to the development of a constitutional monarchy. Three years later the king abdicated to retire in Britain and his nephew, Ananda, was promoted to the throne as Rama VII, though he didn’t return from school in Switzerland until 1945. The country officially became known as Thailand in 1949. His Majesty King Bhumibol (Rama IX)is now on the throne as the world’s longest reigning monarch.
From 1964 to 1973 the Thai nation was ruled by army officers with dictatorial power. Reacting to political repression many thousands of Thai students publicly demanded a genuine constitution in June 1973. In October of the same year the military brutally repressed a demonstration at Thammasat University in Bangkok. His Majesty King Bhumibol (Rama IX) and General Krit Sivara, who sympathised with the students, refused to support further bloodshed and forced the ruling dictators to leave Thailand.
Oxford-educated Kukrit Pramoj took charge of the new government. But his leftist agenda was to be a short-lived experiment. The government was continually plagued by factionalism and nobody was surprised when the military took over again. Elections were held in 1979 and a period of stability followed. The country enjoyed strong economic growth throughout the1980s.
In February 1991, reasoning a corrupt government, the military regained control again through a bloodless coup. But then, during bloody demonstrations in Bangkok in May 1992 scores of people died and many more were injured. This led to the reinstatement of a civilian government led by Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai. Although respected for his honesty Leekpai achieved little, and in 1996 he lost to Banharm Silaparcha.
Barnham was never popular with the Thai media and, amid corruption scandals, his government soon collapsed, to be replaced by Chavalit Yongchayudh. Chavalit was forced to leave office due to lack of confidence during the general SE Asia economic meltdown in 1997, during which time the Thai currency lost 40% of its value against the US dollar. By early 1998 the Thai baht had restabilised.
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Food is not included in the price. There is a restaurant at the camp, where you can enjoy real authentic Thai food. There are several very good options nearby, just 2 minutes walk from the camp if you would like a change of taste.
Most Muay Thai boxers in Thailand do not need to modify their diet, as ordinary Thai food is not only delicious but extremely healthy. Thai people eat large amounts of white rice with almost every meal. Added to this are small portions from a selection of dishes served family style.
Most Thai food is prepared using fresh ingredients and is highly nutritious. Meals are carefully balanced to contain small amounts of fat and protein along with plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables. Between meals Thais will snack copiously on the abundance of tasty fruits available in Thailand.
When you first begin training in Muay Thai boxing, don’t worry too much about the amount of food you are eating. Give your body a chance to get used to the new training schedule. Your appetite will find its own rhythm. Try not to eat within the few hours before training. Intensive training on a full stomach will make you unwell.
You must drink enough fluids to fulfil your body’s needs and never allow yourself to become dehydrated. Sugary soft drinks can be high in calories and offer no nutrition; you are better off drinking plain water. You will sweat a lot during training (especially in Thailand’s humid climate) and this fluid loss needs to be replaced. But drinking excessive amounts of water is also not helpful to your body and will certainly not help with your training.
During training sessions try to take only small sips. During the rest of the day listen to your body, it will tell you when it is thirsty. You should drink one or two glasses of water following each meal to aid digestion. Rehydration drinks containing a mix of salts and sugar are a good idea if you are worried about the amount you are sweating or you have just begun training in Thailand’s hot climate. These drinks should be limited to one per training session.
If you are losing weight you must be especially observant of your own body and look carefully for any signs of stress. Weight loss should not exceed one pound (0.5 kg) a week. Anything faster (unless you are seriously overweight, in which case consider controlling your weight before embarking on a very intensive training regime) will have a damaging effect on your body, the evidence of which may not present itself until much later in your life.
Get a Thai massage
Go sailing, diving, snorkeling, scuba diving nearby
Learn how to cook delicious Thai food (not included in price)
Relax on your balcony, in your own hammock, overlooking the ocean
Swim in the beaches nearby
The only way to access Koh Phangan is to take the ferry either from Krabi or Koh Samui. Fly to Krabi airport or Koh Samui airport and take one of the scheduled public ferries from there to Koh Phangan. Once on the island, take a taxi or tuk tuk to the Camp which is located on Haad Tien Bay.
"I took my first lesson here. Trainer and his assistant were really helpful with positive attitude. Great place to see and spend time!"
"It is impossible to find a Muay Thai camp with a more stunning view than this one. Besides that, they do a great job at teaching. I've been here several times and the energy on this part of the island is hypnotic and energizing at the same time. Truly something to experience. "
"Horizon is an excellent place for Muay Thai training! The outdoor boxing ring facing the ocean, with the cool breeze in the wind during training and greenery around was quite an experience. And the trainer, Eck, is a versatile professional who teaches every individual according to their own unique strengths and weakness. The surrounding atmosphere is ideal for meditation, yoga or just sky gazing. I would definitely recommend Horizon to anyone who is interested to train in paradise. "
"This place will change your life! One week of excellent training by Eck has motivated and improved me more than years training at home. You really get a lot of personal attention, and his teaching skills are amazing. If you really want to improve your fighting skills, this is the place where you have to go. Best training I ever had. Thank you so much!!"
"The camp is located on the cliffs on Had Tien with stunning views of ocean and mountains. It has nice and basic huts to sleep as well. For a little more luxury you can also stay at the Sanctuary yoga retreat 2 min walk away. After training there's the beach, the super food, and the parties to enjoy."
"Eck and his crew did a good job. The camp is located in Haad Tien with an awesome view. The training is made for everybody, beginners and experienced fighters. They are very friendly and helpful. The only bad thing is, that the restaurant is closed, but there are many around, so it's not a problem. All in all i had a very good time at Horizon. And there are really good parties and nice beaches in the bay."
"Eck and all at the Horizon Muay Thai Boxing Camp are fantastic. I had very limited experience in Muay Thai and was rather unfit, however Eck and Crew encouraged and supported me in slowly building my experience and strength. I felt feeling inspired, healthy and happy. The location is beautiful. Haad Tien/Haad Yuan is a really great location, breathtaking. The people are fantastic. I will be back. "
"By far the best Muay Thai Boxing Training Camp in Thailand (and I have seen a few). You train hard, but with a smile on your face. Eck (the owner) and training staff will make you sweat for sure! Getting in shape, while having access to white sandy beaches, quality healthy food, very nice people, and the occasional party of course (with excellent music). A gem of a place.The view from the Horizon huts are astonishing - overlooking a bay with crystal clear water. I came here for a couple of things: train, relax, get healthy, but also having a great time and meet new people. I found it all and more... I shall return! "
"Best place to stay if you like to relax, train your body, eat better Thai food than anywhere else, meet nice people, swim in the see, sleep, or go to a nice party in the open air with really good music, lay on beautiful tropical beaches ( almost privet if you go for a little walk )."
"I was traveling for 2,5 month in Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Thailand. In Thailand, I was looking for a place where I could learn Muay Thai Boxing next to a beautiful beach. I founded Horizon Muay Thai Camp and traveled up to there. After a planned stay of two weeks, I stayed an extra 1.5 week because I liked it so much. The area in and around the Horizon Camp is the most beautiful area from Koh Phangan for sure. "
"I saw a lot of Thailand but here everything was perfect. Beautiful beaches, clear blue sea, not to touristic, 2 very good restaurants around the area (2-5 minutes walk ). I left this place because I already booked my flight back. But I was lucky. Two months later I came back with my boyfriend for a extra 2 months stay at Horizon. We had a great time here and love to come back soon."
"Oh I forgot.. great staff!! Eck is very helpful. If you stay a couple of weeks or longer you will find out that you can have a ride sometimes to the city with Eck or the staff. The training is good for beginners and professionals. Some times I needed to ask for new sheets, but that was no problem for me. I really recommend this place. : ) "
"I was looking for a Muay Thai camp in Koh Phangan where I can enjoy the beach while train and learn Muay Thai. After looking in the web I didn't find any camp with the combination of nice beach and Muay Thai camp. Thanks to a friend's recommendation I went to Haad Tien. That was the best thing that happened to me. First Haad Tien and Haad Yuan are heaven on earth, amazing beaches with amazing people, no shopping or any distractions. Second, Horizon camp, located on the cliff between Haad Yuan and Haad Tien, over looking the sea in a jungle environment. Eck (the owner) and Tom (one of the trainers ) actually changed my life, learning Muay Thai not only transform your body but also your mind. I went for two weeks and ended up staying weeks. And guess what, next month I'll be there again. Must go for any one who is looking for the best Muay Thai in the best Place. "