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Having lived in Vietnam for the past 2 and half years, I had got extremely lazy with going everywhere from A-B on a motorbike. Knowing it was time to make a change, I needed a kick up the backside and with some time off for Vietnamese New year, I put it to good use. I did a little research before but I thought Palapon looked friendly, welcoming, and I felt that goals would be reached from someone who cared. And this is what I got and more. I was welcomed into a friendly, motivating environment to which I soon realised this was the place for me. Don't get me wrong, it was hard work, pushing myself and my body from being super lazy to rather busy was going to hurt. And oh it did. But it was worth it. All of it. And what took the edge of all the hard work is that everyone around both cared and had big smiles on there faces. We were in it together, and that was a great feeling. I felt that Klaus and his team really cared for you and listened and helped what you wanted to achieve. I was really happy to have a laugh along the way, and that everyone had a great sense of humor which will be definitely something I'll be taking away with me as well as the hard work and support. I also loved that some sessions were with a mix of both the intense program students, so I really felt you wanted to push yourself even harder to get what you wanted. I have come away feeling great, with a new found love of Muay thai and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
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I was due some time off from work for two weeks, I chose to go away to Camp Palapon in Hua Hin so I could do exercise as well as have a break from reality. I didn't have any expectations and wasn't particularly motivated by fitness but thought it was a good idea for some reason. I am leaving today and I am truly sad to go home. I arrived not expecting anything but left with inspiration, knowledge and determination. From arrival, Camp Palapon was welcoming and had a community feeling. I stayed at one of the bungalows which is surrounded by a beautiful green and flower garden, bringing me back to nature. The bungalows are basic and are cleaned thoroughly every day and have everything you need on a basic level. There is a community sala to hang out in which is cool and comfortable. Klaus and Valerie are the Directors of the Camp and they couldn't be more different. Klaus has a hard exterior, but I believe is extremely kind-hearted and genuinely wants people to do well. He listens to what you want to achieve and guides you on how to make it happen with a lot of encouragement along the way. I am pretty sure Klaus has a sixth sense or eyes in the back of his head as he always knows what you are doing and when you are not training when you are able to. Valerie is very open and approachable. She listens, supports you, and teaches you about Thai culture which is very helpful, as I did not do any research on Thailand before I arrived. The exercise classes are varied throughout the 6 day training week and are enjoyable. The Muay Thai sessions were my favourite, with trainers that teach you who used to be or are professional Muay Thai fighters. Camp Palapon is situated in the same town that the King of Thailand has his summer palace, so there are plenty of things to do, things to see and exciting people to meet. You will not be bored in this place in your leisure time and the local people are wonderful and extremely respectful and polite. My perception changed in the two weeks I stayed at Palapon. I watched other people train and achieve fantastic results which also motivated me to stick to only eating the delicious food served at the camp and attend every training session eagerly. My fitness plan is already booked in when I get home to England and I am already planning to come back to Palapon at the end of the year fitter, stronger and more determined to achieve all that I can be. I have made friends for life and would recommend Camp Palapon to anyone looking to improve theirs. Don't hesitate to book a place here, it is truly life changing.
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After finishing my bachelor degree, I decided to do something for myself. I started to search the internet for places to go where I could challenge myself, get fit and meet new people. I found Camp Palapon. What a place!From the moment I stepped into the camp I felt welcomed. Klaus, Valerie, and staff are amazing! The accommodation is nice and clean. The bungalow is cleaned six days a week and the meals are tasteful and good. Thai shower is not a problem; neither is the shared toilet and shower.The training is hard, but fun. Klaus made a training program based on my fitness level, and changed it and made it more challenging as my fitness got better. As soon as a exercise became easy he gave me more repetitions or found a new challenging exercise. To have someone pushing me like that was just what I needed! It is so good to feel and see the results from the training!The Muay Thai training was awesome. The trainers push you hard, but they are an inspiration and they are funny to be around. Valerie and Klaus are just the perfect team. They treat you as family, and help you with any problem you may have. On Sundays they sometimes arranged trips. During my stay we visited Dolphin Bay, Santorini Waterpark and the waterfalls in Pala-U. They also brought us to Muay thai fight nights, which was very fun!The camp has the perfect atmosphere for focusing on yourself and your fitness goals, and you have a amazing team around to help, inspire, motivate and push you. If you travel alone you do not have to be afraid of not making friends. I met people who inspired me and I made friends for life! A stay at Camp Palapon is good value for your money. I stayed there for eight weeks and I would recommend staying there for at least four weeks.During my stay I learned a lot about myself and I found the inspiration and motivation to follow my dreams. I can recommend a stay at Camp Palapon. It will change your body and soul, and you will return to your everyday life as a different person, a better person. And you would like to come back. I know I will.
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As a couple who needed to improve our fitness, we decided to challenge ourselves by spending a week at Camp Palapon, since we read so many good reviews on Trip Advisor.We booked the intensive program - which clearly lives up to its name!The hardest part of the program for us was the early morning, when we had to run (or walk for me as I'm not able to run) through the lovely village of Takiab (in Hua Hin) to climb impressive stairs leading to a temple, and going back running or walking to the camp.Really exhausting but what a way to start the day! We would never have done it on our own. Then during the rest of the day, Klaus got us to do tailored circuit training & abdominal training, and at the end of day came the much dreaded and loved Muay Thai boxing with lovely Thai trainers.All in all, it was pretty tiring but not as exhausting as it sounds since we got plenty of rest to recover. Our third day was the worst - as it had been for everyone in the camp apparently - as our muscles were so sore we thought we could not train anymore.The program is well balanced to give you a (slightly) less hard day when your body feels exhausted and the next day, you can definitely feel your muscles being stronger. What a thrill!The experience was overall very good and now - one week later - we can definitely feel that our health got better and that our muscles grew stronger. And more importantly, we have more energy! Truth is, while leaving the camp, we regretted not to have booked a second week to keep on enjoying the positive effects of the camp.
Alan United States
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There were 2 reasons I chose Palapon. First was the cost, second was the program. Cost: one whole month, plus airfare from California to Thailand, for less than a week at a spa in the USA.The program: Basic, daily exercise, designed for you to start at your fitness level, but cranked up to keep you challenged, and then good healthy food. I did a lot of research; I did not want group therapy, or any popular juice diet. I needed basic training. I was a fat, lazy, 65 year old man, and I drank too much beer. I certainly got what I needed at Palapon.You can read all the other good reviews about the camp, and what Klaus and Valerie are doing. The staffs are great; they were all very supportive, and even fun. I do not need to add anything to that. What I will tell you is that this program works, it really works.To state the obvious, you will only get out of it what you put into it, but this is the real deal. If you do what Klaus sets out for you, then you will improve your overall fitness, increase your flexibility, and lose weight; period. I lost 10 kilos, 23 pounds, in one month.I am fitter, healthier, more flexible, and more energetic. I also learned everything I need to do to keep it going, and I do not need to buy any expensive equipment to achieve that.This is the real deal. There is no magic bullet. There is no secret. This works.I cannot thank Palapon enough for what I was able to achieve, but like Klaus said when I was leaving, it was me who did the work. If you have the determination, this is what you need. I cannot say enough about Camp Palapon, they will help you get where you want to be.
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