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 Malaysia, October 2018
Incredible instructors, Kru Ten, Kru Sak, Kru Nan, Kru Thailand. Thank you. The gym's fighters were gracious and great people; Gonzalo, Javier, Hannah, Haley. Thank you.
from Australia, July 2017
"Santai is great. I will be back!"
Great team of trainers and awesome people who train at the gym
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.
from United States, September 2018
"Authentic Muay Thai camp!"
This camp offers authentic Muay Thai training, you will be surrounded by trainers who are deeply passionate about the art, they have made a name for themselves in the industry, watching them and learning from them makes you understand why Muay Thai is a highly respected form of Martial Arts.
They focus on your form and execution and they are very meticulous about it. It’s probably because it bothers them to see if you’re not doing it properly. I have learned so much from the 2weeks I’ve been there. And have met some amazing individuals who shares the same interest in the art.
Everyone had such a great sense of humor & simultaneously vicious when deep focus calls for it. The fighters also train alongside the students during the training sessions. Seeing them train is extremely inspiring and motivating!
Each trainer have a different style of teaching and also have their own expertise. You will gauge them better once you do the one-on-one with them during the sessions. I finally asked Kru Thailand for my private sessions. He was amazing and his teaching style works best for me, he ignited my passion for this art even more.
As with everything else, you get as much as what you give to the training. They put their whole heart and soul into it, make sure you absorb as much as you can, it is something you take with you when you leave.
This is the camp I will be going to over and over and over. I highly recommend this camp.
from Australia, May 2018
This is a real deal.
The progress. You learn fast and you get better
Santai Gym is a great place to train! There are talented trainers for every level, the gym is well equipped, the accommodation is more than you would have expected for a Muay Thai camp and the town is remote enough to keep you focused, but also has most of the things you might need along with the cheapest massage place I have ever been to (which comes VERY handy). If I decide to go back to Thailand for Muay Thai, Santai will be my first and only choice.
As a complete beginner to Muay Thai, with a last minute decision and a quick search on Google I feel like I completely lucked out in choosing Santai Gym. I was only here for two weeks in between other travels, my main purpose was to get in shape and lose some weight (which I did, 4.5kg!). To an amateur turning up to such a place it can be an intimidating experience with the thump of pads being kicked, the shouts from the trainers and grunts from the fighters but after the first morning session we were made to feel right at home. The facilities, location, accommodation and, last but not least, the trainers are all perfect for such an experience. Only on doing some further reading did I realize we were being trained by such absolute legends in the Muay Thai game. They take they training seriously with a great sense of pride but do so with an amazing sense of humour and although they make you work hard, you have fun whilst doing it. There is a real family feel about the gym and after two shorts weeks I had learnt so much and was sad to leave. I hope I get the opportunity to return in the future.
I am a beginner at Muay Thai and admittedly was very intimidated when I arrived at Santai, it seemed to be full of professionals and, as I had expected a lot of males. After my first session I knew there was no need to be intimidated, the trainers and all the students were very friendly and welcoming and only happy to help out. The two training sessions per day are intense but varied and you are never left feeling bored, you do however feel a few aches and pains in areas you didn't know a muscle still existed! When I look back at this experience I really can't believe the value for money, you are with word class trainers, who put a smile on your face every day, in a small village in Chiang Mai with a very friendly community, and have a private room with your own double bed, fan and fridge, with all facilities easily accessible. I also loved the fact the gym has a family vibe and you are also training with Thai students. I cannot thank the gym enough for whipping me back into shape and showing me what I am capable of and never giving up on making sure I had the correct technique. For people who are worried about the atmosphere because they are doing it on their own, there is no need, most of the students I was training with were on there own and you quickly make new friends and barely eat alone, there are also options for social outings with the gym. I can't wait to return next year.