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 Dohs teaching style is heavily based on proper techniques, just like kru Phon. Doh knows Muay Thai in and out, and will share all his Muay Thai knowledge with you.
Apple has been around Santai Gym since the Siam number 1 day and is an energetic and happy trainer. He is loud and highly motivating when teaching. He has ranked up around 300 fights and has fought at the top Bangkok stadium, Lumpinee.
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.
Daeng is a humorous bad-boy who loves to joke around, but is serious when it comes down to training.
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 Australia, July 2017
"Santai is great. I will be back!"
Great team of trainers and awesome people who train at the gym
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I have been travelling and training full time at various Muay Thai gyms around Thailand for 5 months. Santai Muay Thai is among the best gyms I have encountered.
The trainers are all not only exceptional former (and some current) fighters, they also really know how to teach! They hone in on an individual’s particular skill set, and really drill out bad habits, and teach you how to exploit your strengths. They are also incredibly patient, they will not allow sloppy technique to slide!
The afternoon session consists of five 5 minute pad rounds, for which Santai is renowned. This means you will basically be getting a private session every day, half an hour of one on one time where you are pushed, encouraged, and will step out of the ring exhausted, smiling and feeling achieved.
Socially, the gym fosters a family culture – the students eat together, enjoy Sunday’s off together and generally help each other out. The trainers encourage us, are patient and always make us laugh. I live at the gym accommodation (Chaidee House) which is my favorite gym accommodation in Thailand so far. It is recently built, very clean and comfortable.
Lastly, the cost of living in Northern Thailand will be a huge relief for those used to Phuket prices. I can’t say enough positive things about this gym and the community in which it is found! It offers excellent training, in a great setting, for the right price, and is excellently managed and maintained.
I wish i started my training here at Santai instead of Phuket.