a traveler the UK
I had no previous experience in Muay Thai. I wanted to do a few days of training and I knew that it's going to be hard- it was murder - 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon! The instructors were really professional and helped me so much- was more like 1 on 1. Really loved the place, the atmosphere!
Camp Spotlight: Lanna Muay Thai - Dan's Muay Thai MMA.com website
Accommodations - Speaking of accommodations, here is a little information on that. The camp has 3 rooms (2 person per room) that are onsite at the camp. Each room has its own toilet and shower, although there is no hot water. Accommodation at the camp is on a first come first serve basis, if there are no rooms available upon arrival there are several guesthouses, bungalows, and hotels within walking distance of the camp where people may stay. The basic guesthouse rooms outside the camp are usually a single room with toilet/shower and fan. Air conditioning is available but mostly unnecessary and expensive. The camp will help you find a room upon your arrival to suit your needs and budget.Facilities - The facilities in the gym include 2 rings, 12 bags, 1 speedball, 1 punching ball, 3 sit up benches, various basic free weights, medicine balls, monkey, chin up, and parallel bars. Utilizing the uniqueness of its surroundings, the camp uses the nearby mountain for some tough hill runs. The training area is partially roofed and open on 3 sides to allow some nice airflow and keep the gym cool.Trainers - Lanna has 8 Thai Trainers full time, 3 part time, as well as the owner who is a farang instructor. Additionally two of their long-term foreign fighters, including one woman, also help out with the new students. Each of the Trainers have their own fighters who they work with but all their fighters will also train with different trainers. Lanna gives everyone the chance to work with several different trainers, to find their favorite, and to give them the experience of different styles.The full time trainers are all at the Camp at least 5 days a week, some of us are here 7 days a week. The average class sizes can vary from weekend mornings with 5 people to mid-week afternoons with 40 people. The constant is the fighters, there are always people training to fight, even on Sundays. At times Lanna can have a lot of fighters competing at the same time the camp will be buzzing with intense training. Even during the quiet times, you can still find someone in the gym training, hard!Training Routine - The gym has 2 training sessions a day, in both the morning and afternoon. I have seen schedules on many gyms, which only include about 2-2.5 hours of training. Lannas sessions go for almost 4 hours. As a result, you will get into excellent fitness shape extremely quick. It is also important and much overlooked that the sessions include a warm up and cool down stretch. This helps avoid injuries and aids in your recovery time.Fighting - Lanna is usually having about 2 flights a week as a camp. At times, it can be as many as four fights in a week. One question I specifically contacted the camp and asked was how they determine if someone is ready to fight. I wanted to know if it was necessary to spend a specific amount of time at the camp, or were there other means of evaluating this. Here is how Lanna determines if someone is ready to fight.The camp will determine if a person has experience or the ability to get into the ring to fight with your first training session. In the case you are a new or first time fighters, the only criteria is a true desire and willingness in your heart to not only have a go in the ring, but put in the effort into the training, and with about one to two months training, a basic level of fitness and basic technique you will be able to have your first fight.Administration / Office - There are a couple strengths here as far as I can determine. First off, it is a farang owned school, and the owner Andy (who is also a trainer) handles all the correspondence. It is always an advantage to have a Western person in charge to handle any issues that may arise, in my opinion. An example is how quickly Andy returned my email when I contacted him with additional questions I had regarding the camp.His response was in the same day, and it was very detailed. Andy also seems very willing to aid the guests with any services that are necessary for them to enjoy their stay, from arranging tours to finding accommodations. These small touches do not go unnoticed and would give Lanna an edge in determining if it is the right camp to attend.Extracurricular - There are plenty of things to do around the area when you are not training. The camp is located at the foot of a mountain, so hiking and rock climbing are among the first activities that comes to mind. There is also a famous temple in Chang Mai called the Doi Suthep temple, which has 304 steps to reach the top. Other activities include Elephant treks, blues and jazz bars, golf courses and the night bazaar.Uniqueness - I asked Andy what makes the camp unique. Why should someone chose Lanna over another camp. He had a great response. Here is what he said: Consistency. We are really no different from any other Muay Thai gym in Thailand. We live our life training for the same thing, to fight every week at the local stadiums and country fairs, the big city and overseas when we are good enough.We are different because of our strong foreign support, we have had several long term, 2 years or more, foreign fighters stay with us and many of our students, fighting or not, come back year after year to spend time training and living at the Camp. Muay Thai is about family and we have a large extended family after our 15 years together. When it comes to training, we ensure good basic technique and understanding of what you are doing, and the chance to experience and (maybe) live the life of a Muay Thai fighter.I gotta tell you that sounds great to me. I love the fact that people come back to the camp again and again. That is always a good sign. I also hit up a lot of forums and always hear good things about Lanna, which is promising.
November 2015. TripAdvisor Website
I have trained Muay Thai in England for many years and always dreamed of training in Thailand. I visited the gym to see if and when I could train. All members I met were very friendly and very welcoming. My training session was great, feeling like I have learnt a lot. It's not the fanciest gym, but that didn't effect anything. A proper sweaty workout. Would defiantly recommend to friends & visit again when I return to Thailand.
a traveler Canada
March 2014. TripAdvisor Website
If you want to train for real this is the place. Not set up to be a tourist entertainment center. Real fighters doing real training. You can go at your own pace. If you are hardcore and in training the staff here can certainly take your skill set up. If you just want to take off some weight and get in shape you can do that too. This is a real camp with real fighters. I highly recommend this place as a true muay thai training facility. I have been going here for years and will continue to go back.
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