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Santai is a Muay Thai gym located in Thailand that was opened in 2002 by trainers named Kru Do, Daodern and Kru Pon, who are all former Pinsinchai gym fighters.
Kru Phons teaching styles is heavily based on teaching proper Muay Thai technique, while teaching you the fighting benefits of what you are doing. Phon will not stop showing you a proper technique until you get it right. Phon can answer all your questions about Muay Thai techniques as he was a top lumpinee fighter of the early 90s.
Kru Nan was one of the famous Pinsinchai / Narupai superstars during the gyms greatest years in the 80 - 90s, he has about 70 fights at Lumpinee stadium and about 20 at Rajadamnern stadium and in total maybe 300 fights.
Lop was consistently within the top 5 rankings at both Lumpini and Rajadamnern Stadiums back in his prime, and was known for his technical skill and high fight IQ / intelligence.
Manasak is a former Pinsinchai fighter, brought up by the fantastic Pinsinchai team- Aswindam, Pichit, Sancherng, and Kru Nan amongst others. Manasak has recently retired holding the fourth rank at Lumpinee, as well as holding belts from Rajadamnern, WMC World, and more. Manasak has been a top fighter for over a decade, and is one of the greatest.
from Thailand, September 2020
"Relentless Training (all levels) & Lot's Of Fun "
Whatever your skill level is, you'll find what you're looking for in this gym. There are pro fighters training, cutting weight, and being drilled day and night, and there is a 70-year-old who likes to hit the bags and have some fun with the instructors.
The instructors make the trip fun or if you're high level they'll push you to your limits, these instructors are battled, hardened warriors. If you want to learn a new skill or test where you are, these chaps have all the medicine you can swallow, and then some.
The accommodation is better than expected, due to two windows, which make the small rooms bright and full of fresh air. The shower is hot and the air con is cold; what more do you need? There are washing facilities on-site for 40 Baht.
The location is fine, but it's 99% Thai, so be prepared to buy your food from the local market. There are lots of cheap restaurants close by. The area is excellent and has every shop you need, but it's 99% Thai, so you won't' get western food. You can use the Grab app to get food. I did not pay the camp to feed to me.
If you don't have a car, the camp is about 20KM outside of Chiang Mai. Not a big problem, as long as you can use the Grab app to get a taxi.
from Thailand, November 2018
The accomodation was really nice and clean and the owners of the gusthouse are lovely.
from United States, November 2018
"First time visitor"
Awesome training facilities. Being from America, the best part is the lack of douche bags at Santai Mai. This includes students and the training staff. Gyms in the States are full of douchers. No one at Santai Mai cares if you're a world champion or if it's your first time trying Muay Thai, if you want to train, get better and have fun, then you'll feel welcome and you'll progress very quickly! Also, the level of instruction is unbeatable, they don't let you slip with sloppy technique. These guys are the real deal, I learned a lot. I had the best training sessions of my life during my trip. I'll be back for sure.