Muay Thai Training in Thailand: 5 Things You Should Know Before You Go
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Today, Muay Thai is one of the most talked-about topics within Martial Arts communities. If you have had time to check out our previous articles about Muay Thai, you probably would already understand why we are so eager to master this ‘Art of Eight Limbs’.
Some of you may feel as if you can’t wait to pack your bags and set off to begin your Muay Thai training, which is why in this article, we will be providing you with a general outline of the five things that you should prepare for and expect while training in Thailand.
Let’s begin with…
1. Choosing/Finding a Camp
When determining the Muay Thai camp you want to train at, firstly, you have to consider the type of experience you’d like to have and your current level of experience.
To simplify, there are two types of camps: The authentic/local community that rarely see a foreign face or the ones those are geared towards foreigners (farang). Here’s a list of the 5 best Muay Thai Camps in Thailand you may want to consider.
These camps are generally ideal for all levels of experience. For beginners, it is highly suggested to choose the camps where the trainers have picked up sufficient English-language skills. This will allow you to have clearer instructions rather than having to play a game of charades for every nuance of communication.
For experts and prospective fighters, these camps will also suffice in that the training regimen is grueling, of high-quality, and sufficient to prepare you for fights that they have the connections to arrange. Also, you will be surrounded by like-minded individuals focused on a common goal.
Another aspect you can consider about these camps is that they are usually located in extremely desirable locations that most travelers would like to explore, whether they are training or not.
So be sure to use the opportunity to check out the beauty of Thailand and mix a little bit of pleasure with your fitness routine by considering the gyms that are in close proximity to a variety of other activities and attractions.
2. The Training
When deciding to train in Muay Thai in Thailand, you better prepare yourself for one of the most grueling, exhausting, and painful, yet rewarding, enjoyable, and memorable experience you’ll ever have.
A normal day of training will consist of a morning or afternoon run, two sessions that last between two-three hours each, and fighters will commonly train five to six days a week.
Obviously, you will need to set your own limits and work up as your conditioning improves. The training programs of each camp will vary to some degree, but here is an outline which highlights a standard training day at a camp:
- 15-30 minutes run or skipping rope
- Stretching and wrapping hands
- 30 minutes of technique
- Five 4-minute rounds of heavy bag work
- Five 4-minute rounds of one-on-one pad work with a trainer
- Three to five 4-minute rounds of sparring/clinching
The “cool down” session would commonly consist of 100 or more knees, round kicks, elbows, situps, and endless pushups.
The recommended strategy to take is to go at your own pace until your stamina builds sufficiently. Training with such intensity and frequency will break down your body immune system, and spending your time in Thailand sick in bed would be an absolute waste. So, be patient and let your body work up to the schedule.
Accommodation in Thailand can be as economical or as expensive as you want it to be, depending on what you can afford, or alternatively, are willing to put up with. If your sole purpose is to train hard and you are not traveling with a significant other, it is highly recommended to stay in a camp’s dormitory.
In the morning you will be woken up to music ringing out from all over camp, and the sharp crack of shins on Thai pads.
To make it even more convenient for you, all our training packages include varied accommodation from sharing to private rooms equipped with Air Conditioning and Wi-Fi connection, it’s all up to you!
4. Hydration and Sustenance
Thai food is so delicious that it is almost impossible not to spend your entire day sampling every Pad Thai or spring rolls you can get your hands on. Delectable street food is everywhere and extremely affordable, and completely safe!
Expect to pay between $0.50 to $4 for a meal unless you are going to higher-end restaurants. Never say no to the grilled chicken at the night markets because they are to die for! If a sauce is an option, slather it on thick. Each stall will have their own sauce with a wide range of spices.
Since you’ll be training in hot and humid weather, hydration is the key. Supply your body with the electrolytes it needs, and you will stay healthy and fit for the rest of your trip.
Purchase electrolyte packets called De-Champ at nearly any pharmacy in Thailand, which is basically the Thai version of Gatorade. They come in two flavors, orange and purple, and taste fairly good!
Drink one gallon of water or more a day while you are training and mix in two packets of De-Champ. The key is to drink frequently and take small sips.
5. Getting Around aka Transportation
Getting around in Thailand is like playing a live game of Chaos-Tetris. Maneuver with haste and confidence, fit in where you can, and go with the flow of traffic – even if the traffic is entirely ignoring the red light in front of you.
Scooters are the vehicle of choice, and they choke the streets with exhaust and abundance. Renting one runs about $3-6 a day or less if you can get a weekly/monthly rate. Just remember that you’ll be on the left side of the street.
Alternatively, you can hail “tuk-tuks”, Thailand’s local taxi bikes or taxis. However, “tuk-tuks” can be a hassle when it comes to paying, as you would need to haggle your fees.
So if you are staying at Thailand’s in larger cities, try to stick to the metered taxis to avoid any conflicts or disagreements. Just make sure the meter is actually turned on, or that you and the driver agree on a price before you set off to your destination.
Here’s a sample of the metric fare guide in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital:
The Thai people are incredibly friendly and delightfully playful. Despite occasional political problems going on in the country, Thailand is a very safe place to travel to.
Dubbed as the ‘Land of Smiles’, you’ll often find that Thai locals are willing to bend over backward to help you find your way when you’re lost or to offer suggestions about the place, food, or attractions.
If you do end up traveling there, take some time to chat with the locals, eat some great food, immerse yourself in their rich culture and share stories to appreciate each other’s ideas and opinions. You may just find yourself appreciating Thailand beyond your interest in its national combat sport!
Now that you’re well informed about Thailand, you’re all set and ready to go experience it for yourself! A luxury Muay Thai camp is a great option to deepen your practice and spoil yourself at the same time.