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Come to Santai Gym, located in the tranquil Sankamphaeng, Thailand, to train traditional Muay Thai in a way that you never expect. Santai Gym offers a strong team of experienced trainers and will guarantee that you will get just the training that you need. Teaching students of all skill levels, from beginners to professional fighter, Santai is geared toward helping you reach your desired goals. Experience the creative, innovative training adjusted to your needs and ability that will ensure you carry the techniques learned throughout your lifetime.
Completed on June 1st, 2012, Santai Gym is happy to announce their brand new on-site rooms for Muay Thai student accommodation. The homestay is named Baan Nak Muay, which in Thai means Muay Thai Fighter House. Baan Nak Muay is adjacent to Santai Gym. Baan Nak Muay consists of 9 rooms.
Double bed (150 cm).
Private washroom with hot shower
Lai Guesthouse is just 500 meters from Santai Gym, and is run by Mrs. Lai who is a friendly Sankamphaeng native. Lai features 16 furnished rooms available for Santai students, of which 6 rooms are brand new and were completed in April 2012.
Double bed (150 cm)
Private washroom with hot shower
Santai Gym is well-equipped, and is the perfect facility to train and learn Muay Thai. Santai Gym is a clean gym, and Santai Gym strives to keep it that way on a regular basis. Santai Gym replaces the training mats on a yearly or bi-yearly schedule depending on their condition, and ensures that Santai Gym stays a high quality facility.
Some of the renovations that Santai Gym keeps up on regularly are new paint, new flooring, new rings, new training equipment, and new beds in the back room where the Thai fighters live in. The gym has teamed up with Fairtex Muay Thai equipment company. Santai Gym features top quality Fairtex equipment throughout the gym!
25 boxing bags
3 fighting rings
2 wall boxing pad
Gym water cooler / dispenser
Muay Thai pads
TKD fighting floor mats
Washroom and shower
You can buy everything you need for training and fighting at the Santai Gym shop! Santai Gym is a Fairtex dealer so what if you do not find what you need in the shop, the gym can get it within a few days at low prices. Santai Gym also sells boxing-liniment, hand wraps, mouth guards, boxing bags, all equipment for sparring, and pad holding, etc.
Morning training routine at 06:00 - 08:00
Warm up run (8 kilometers - 12 kilometers / 45 minutes)
Skipping (10 minutes)
Stretching (10 minutes)
Shadow boxing (10 minutes)
Bag work (5 rounds / 25 minutes)
Push-ups, sit-ups, Burpees (20 minutes)
Pull-ups (3 sets)
Afternoon training routine at 16:00 - 19:30
Warm up run (5 kilometers / 25 minutes)
Stretching (10 minutes)
Shadow boxing (10 minutes)
Bag work (5 rounds / 25 minutes)
Pad work (5 rounds / 25 minutes)
Clinching (Every day at 6 pm) / Technical sparring (2 - 3 times per week)
Knees on bag (100 knees / 10 minutes)
Repetitive kicks on bag (100 kicks / 10 minutes)
Individual technical rills (20 minutes)
Walking knees / kicks / push-kicks / punches
Defense / offense training
Sprints (15 minutes) 2 - 3 times per week only
Weights (15 minutes)
Push-ups, sit-ups, Burpees (100 each / 15 minutes). Competitive - prize for first finisher
Pull-ups (2 sets)
Santai Gym has Muay Thai training 2 times a day (morning and afternoon), 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday, with Sunday as a rest day. It focuses on teaching traditional Muay Thai fighting techniques, or as the trainers call it: Stadium Muay Thai. Santai Gym accepts all levels of students and fighters to learn Muay Thai there.
Every student and fighter has their own weaknesses and strengths, which is why at Santai Gym the trainers will adjust your training in order to help you with your personal needs and goals. Training in Muay Thai consists of technical training, endurance training, and strength training. The gym focuses on those main principals, with a style!
Beginner and intermediate level training
Beginners and intermediate level students improve very quickly at Santai Gym. The staff of trainers are world class, and teach with patience, details, and repetition. As a beginner, you do not have to worry about falling behind in training due to your condition or lack of ability. Santai Gym strives for a training system that helps you improve individually, yet pushes you collectively together as a team with the rest of the students in efforts to obtain one goal, and that is for all of the students to get better at Muay Thai.
Experienced level training
For the more experienced students, Santai Gym will help you get to the next level as well. Santai Gym is always looking for students who want to get into the ring and fight to become better fighters, as this is what the art and the sport of Muay Thai is all about. Whether you are a current student training at Santai Gym or a prospective student looking to join the gym, if you have the aspiration of fighting in Thailand, against Thai fighters, in Thai stadiums, and at Thai festival events, then you have come to the right place.
Stadium Muay Thai is a term that the trainers use to describe the style of Muay Thai that is taught. It is straight forward. Santai Gym trains to fight in the stadium with clean, balanced, and beautiful Muay Thai. This style comes from the roots and years of experience of its trainers.
Although Santai Gym teaches the specific style of traditional Muay Thai at Santai Gym, the trainers never fail to come up with creative ways to teach it, and make sure that it stays in their students and fighters lives as a habit.
They will use a stick with a glove attached to the end of it and poke you while you hit the bag, or tie your hands to your forehead while you kick to make sure your hands are up, or make marks on the mat with chalk for foot work technique for you to follow, and more!
They have endless Muay Thai knowledge and always come up with innovative way to teach it. They are motivated to coach their students and fighters and make good Muay Thai technique permanent for them.
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.
Santai Muay Thai Gym is located at the countryside of Sankamphaeng. Sankamphaeng is about 13 kilometers away from the Chiang Mai City. Santai Muay Thai Gym is situated in the village of Santai and is exactly located at 79 Moo 9 T. Sankamphaeng, Sankamphaeng. The Santai Muay Thai Gym is also located at about 20 meters away from the villages temple.
Santai is the name of the village in the town of Sankamphaeng that the gym is located in. Also, the villages temple, which is called Wat Santai, is situated only 20 meters from the Santai Muay Thai Gym. Training here is a traditional and true way to study and train Muay Thai. The only distraction here is the rooster, which wakes you up for your morning run at 5.30 a.m. This village is also the home of one of the head trainers Kru Do, who grew up here and has been living here his whole life, other than the years he spent fighting in Bangkok.
The town of San Kamphaeng is best described as a Thai countryside, and is located 13 kilometers from Chiang Mai City. Such a location is ideal for a focused Muay Thai Fighter and Student, no distraction, pure training. Santai Muay Thai Gym is located in the heart of San Kamphaeng, with a large food market only a 10 minute walk away from the Gym.
This market contains food vendors, laundry shop, 7/11, internet caf, banks, pharmacies, and a tesco grocery store. Training in this town is a great new experience for someone who has never been to such a remote location. Some may even experience a great deal of culture shock at first, as the scenery may be something they have never seen before.
Doing your daily runs here, you will be running through back roads, filled with farms, and various animals roaming the land such as water buffalos, cows, horses, chickens, and many more. There is also a hospital here in San Kamphaeng, and it is located only 4.6 kilometers from Santai Muay Thai Gym. This is a fully equipped hospital with English speaking doctors and a pharmacy.
Chiang Mai City is located 700 kilometers north of Bangkok, and is the capital city of Chiang Mai Province. Chiang Mai City is also commonly known as the Northern Rose, and is the largest city of Northern Thailand.
It is a growing and modern city, and it is a great place to go spend time on the weekend, after a hard weeks training. Chiang Mai is located along the Ping River, among some of the highest mountains in the country, and central Chiang Mai has a population of 150.000 people.
In Chiang Mai, there is everything from nightlife entertainment, restaurants, pubs, internet cafs, malls, movie theaters, waterfalls, temples, tourist attractions, and everything else that any major city has. Chiang Mai is also the home of Kawila Muay Thai Stadium, which is the most prestigious stadium of Northern Thailand.
During the program, you are free to arrange your meal. There are many food places in Sankamphaeng that offer food for 30 THB - 50 THB per meal.
Cock fighting and beetle fighting: Thai locals take pride in cock and rhino/ kabutomushi beetle fighting. It is also a great way to pass time on a Sunday evening and gather friends around for a little betting and competition.
Internet caf: Up to date computers and high speed internet. Send messages to your home, friends, and loved ones through emails and Facebook.
San Kamphaeng Hot Spring: Bathe in natural hot spring water and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Visit the Saturday Sankamphaeng night market: food, deserts, ice cream, fruit shakes, toys, cloths, souvenirs, etc.
Doi Suthep Mountain / temple / waterfall: This is sacred and famous temple to the Thai people, which is located at the top of the Doi Suthep Mountain. This mountain is 1,676 meters high, and breathtaking views of Chiang Mai City can be seen from the ride up the mountain and the temple at the top. There is also a relaxing waterfall at the base of the mountain, which is a great place to go to soak in the cool water and enjoy some sticky rice and chicken from the local vender.
Night bazaar: A strip of shops located on Chan Klan Road, in the heart of Chiang Mai City. This is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. The Night Bazar has shops that sell jewelry, knock off clothing items, and accessories, DVDs, high tech gadgets, and souvenirs. There are also a McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, and Starbucks at the Night bazaar if you find yourself feeling homesick.
Sunday night market: This is a large market that takes place every Sunday night on Tae Pae Road, in Central Chiang Mai. The street is closed down and is filled with vendors much like in the night bazaar, and masses of people walk down the street and purchase bargains from the vendors. There is also a huge food court that is exclusive to the Sunday market where vendors and restaurants gather and sell their foods. This is a great place to go to try and find some new Thai foods, since they are all there in one convenient location.
Watch live Muay Thai fights: There are various Muay Thai stadiums in Chiang Mai, with fights being held on a weekly basis. These stadiums include Kawila, Loi Kroh, and Tae Pae, of which Kawila displays the highest level of Muay Thai in Chiang Mai.
Taking a 1 hour flight is the most convenient way to come to Chiang Mai Airport after landing in Bangkok. It is also the most expensive way to get to Chiang Mai, with flights costing up to 2500 THB (85 USD). Also, flights only start at 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., so if you arrive at BKK airport overnight, you will have to wait at the airport until boarding. Chiang Mai airport is 17 kilometers away from Santai Muay Thai Gym.
The bus station that you will need to go to is called Mo Chit. The easiest way to get to Mo Chit bus station from BKK Airport is by taxi. Make sure to only get a taxi with a meter, because non-meter taxis will over charge you for the ride. The Bangkok to Chiang Mai bus usually departs starting at 8.30 a.m., so if you arrive overnight, you will have to stay at the airport until the appropriate time comes to go to the bus station. Once you get to Mo Chit bus station, look for a Chiang Mai booth, which will have a sign written in English.
Purchase a ticket from there and make your way to Chiang Mai. The bus ride is 10 hour long, and it is a great way to see Thailand on the way from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Also, there are different classes of buses from regular to VIP which is more spacious and comfortable, though the regular buses are good enough for most travelers and are also the cheapest. When your bus ride from Bangkok ends, you will arrive at the Arcade Chiang Mai Bus Station, which is only 12 kilometers away from Sanatai Muay Thai Gym.
Traveling by train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is favored by travelers because they can sleep on the overnight sleeper train. However, the train is more expensive and takes longer to reach Chiang Mai than the bus.
The train also passes through some amazing mountain ranges and sights such as Doi Kuntan National Park, and is also great for seeing some of Thailand on land rout. The train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about 12 to 14 hours to complete.
There are food and drinks sold on the train, as well as a washroom. Once the trip is complete, you will be arriving at the Chiang Mai Railway Station, which is about 12 km from Santai Muay Thai Gym.
Once you arrive in Chiang Mai at the bus station, train station, or airport, it is very simple and easy to get to Santai Muay Thai Gym. The gyms staff can either pick you up in the Santai Gym Truck, or you may come by tuk-tuk or taxi.
Pick up by the gym truck will cost 500 THB (15 USD) to cover gas cost, and is the easiest way for you to come make it to the gym. Pick up by Gym Truck is available 6 am to 10 pm. If you arrive late at night, it is recommended that you rent a hostel room and Santai Gym will pick you up the following day at noon.
Coming by tuk-tuk or taxi will cost between 500 to 800 THB (6-12 USD) depending on the price you agree on with the driver. You will have to help guide the driver with the following directions: San Kamphaeng (the town which Santai Muay Thai Gym is located in); Wat Santai (the temple / landmark for the driver to get to.
Santai Gym is adjacent to the temple); and Muay Thai Gym / Kay Muay in Thai (let the driver know you are going to the Muay Thai gym beside the temple Wat Santai). If you take a tuk-tuk or a taxi, make sure you are dropped off at Santai Muay Thai Gym, and not another gym or location, making you take another tuk-tuk or taxi and costing you more money.
"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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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."
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"I rate Santai very highly. I've been to a couple of other gyms (one for 2 weeks, another for a bit over a month) and Santai has really stood out for me, based on feeling of community - I felt a part of the Santai 'family' in the short 2 weeks of training. I think for those who are interested in the full Muay Thai experience, Santai Gym is for you.They don't have much of a weights area, but there is something quite simple for those who know what they are doing. The mornings are set out around conditioning anyway, you would go for your morning run, shadow, do some quick pads, and the rest was for the afternoon session.No need to worry about figuring out the running track, because they kids are available to buddy up with students - no one is left behind and no one is lost on the first couple of runs. There is a 4k, 6k & 11k track. I did a few runs solo, and felt safe enough to do so. In the afternoons, you can start with the run (or skip, or jump on the tyres), wrap your hands and then get ready for warm up and shadow.Santai Gym, I found were organised with ensuring everyone gets a chance at pads. Also, the newbies go first with the head trainer. Like with every gym, you have your own chemistry and tend to preference certain trainers and styles, you do get opportunities with different trainers. Pad rounds are 5 x 5 min rounds!! I find its always about finding the right teaching style for your learning style.Santai trainers certainly had a unique way of teaching technique (as I had read)! The gym is filled with Lumpinee legends, and both western and Thai students training for fights and competition, it's always active here so it is a real joy to watch and hear fight training in action.Wednesday and Saturdays and the odd morning there is sparring. Clinching is every afternoon which I think is fantastic - clinch is really where its at when you are fighting or training to fight in Thailand, so its great that they practice this almost every day. We finish off with group ab exercises and stretching.The afternoons are long and tough however you work at your own pace to a degree. The trainers are always in high spirits, they are funny and always having a joke, there are always plenty of smiles. Going back to the sense of community. San Kamphang is a small village, but there are other places around. The main street has busy markets on Saturdays, a 7/11, Tesco, cafe/coffee shops, street food vendors and lots of banks/ATMs.There are only few tourists here, and as a tourist I felt very welcomed by the community. Some of the kids who are living and training at the gym (nak muay's) have troubled backgrounds, however they are looked after by the gym and the trainers, their English is quiet good, they have lots of company, these kids were very respectful despite their rough upbringing.I really liked to see that when they earn money by fighting, or cornering fighters, they can use this money for whatever they like. When students book private lessons with trainers, this is also handled between trainer and student, this transaction isn't dealt with by gym management. I thought this was nice as well."
"I had a great time at Santai. It is a fantastic gym with awesome trainers and a great vibe. I truly enjoyed my stay there; met some good friends; went back for an extra 3 weeks training after traveling and will go back again when I can."
"I had a great time in Santai. It was an amazing experience for me, as this was my first time in a small town outside Chiangmai. Ood has been really helpful in picking me up from the airport and giving me information about San Kamphaeng. The people training there are very laid back and friendly, and the environment is really good for those who are training.The trainers are all very patient and friendly, and they are all very focused in the basic before progressing to the next level. The training is at your own pace, which is really good as I could practice by myself and the trainers will correct me personally instead of training in a 'structured' training program.I also found that it is really good for beginner to attend the morning session, as there are less people training and the trainers are able to spend more time with beginners like me. I would definitely stay there longer to learn Muay Thai if I didn't have my own traveling plan and learn from the trainers. I would visit there again in future."
"The gym was great. The instructors were patient, professional, and adjusted their instruction according to the students' ability. I was a little concerned about the training before going there but everything worked out wonderfully. I had a great time!"
"Santai Gym in Chiang Mai is by far the best gym in the north and always has been; their quality of coaches really is superb. It is a bit touristy now due to it not being as hardcore as it once was but this is the place to visit for anyone wanting quality training in the north.The new owner Nik has done the place wonders and has now expanded it to a huge complex. He has a trainer to student ratio of 1 to 3. I think with most of the trainers being ex Pinsinchai/Narupai fighters. Due to Pinsinchai generally having quite a unique high level style, Nik realized it conflicted hugely in having coaches that were not from that gym as they taught in a completely different way.If you ever make your way up north these really are the guys to speak to. They have been at full capacity for the last couple of years and have been turning students down but due to the huge revamp will be taking in more people."
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"A bit more than 4 months of training that came to an end sooner than I thought. I just hanged a new bag at my yard to keep some technique from fading. I can only say it was an amazing time, great gym, great coaches, and above all the people that come to train make it the home that it is. I just got home and I'm already looking forward to come again. Hopefully it wont take me too long, see ya again soon, and again thanks for everything. "
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