Sumalee Boxing Gym

Sumalee Boxing Gym combines Muay Thai training & yoga with a high standard of facilities, accommodation, catering, and service on the tropical island of Phuket.

Training Camps (4)

Instructors (7)

Rhian Miller

Rhian Miller is 25 years old and has been practicing yoga intermittently since she was 19. During a trip to Bali in 2013, Rhian became captivated by the spiritual side of yoga practice. She began to focus more on pranayama (breathing techniques). On returning to Phuket, she started practicing regularly. In August 2016 she completed 200 hours yoga teacher training with WAY Yoga Alliance. Rhian continues learning by attending regular workshops in Phuket and elsewhere in Asia. She also hosts workshops with invited specialists from different yoga disciplines.

Khru Keng

Khru Keng is 30 years old and joins the team from the Surin Province in the East of Thailand. He started training at nine years old with friends and has been part of the Muay Thai scene ever since. He also began fighting locally at nine years old before joining Jor. Looksamut Gym in the Samut Prakan province of Bangkok. He is a former Chonburi province Champion, but perhaps his most notable achievement was winning a trophy at the Channel 7 awards for best technique. Keng is best known for his powerful and precise elbows, particularly his back spinning elbow. He speaks basic english.

Khru Nat

Khru Nat (fighting name Mongkol Thong) is 29 and from Nong Bua Lamphu in Esaan. He started practicing Muay Thai at nine years of age and had his first fight the year after. His fighting style is Muay Femur with a mixture of Muay Khao. Khru Nat is also well known for his elegant “Wai Khru” and “Ram Muay” and has won an award for the most beautiful Ram Muay in Thailand. Khru Nat has fought in Lumpinee, Omnoi and Rajadamnern Stadiums and has over 200 fights under his belt. He speaks reasonably fluent English and has many years experience as a trainer.

Khru Naa

At 23 years old Na is the youngest member of Sumalee's training team. Na is originally from the Nakhon Si Tammarat Province of Thailand and started training at 10 years old at Kiat Wipat Gym before moving to Sit. Sien Buum Gym. He has had many professional fights and describes his fighting and training style as technical, with a big emphasis on knees and kicks. Na has a basic understanding of English and is learning more with every day.

Khru Bank

Khru Bank, from Nakhon Si Thammarat, is 24 years old. He began training Muay Thai at 12 at Kiat Wipat Gym with his friend and training partner, Khru Na. He has many fights since then including an appearance at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. He favors a boxing style and is always looking for knockout opportunities during fights.

Khru Sam

Khru Sam is originally from Surin and started training at 10 years of age at Por ChedChai Gym under the fighting name “Petchsampran”. He took an interest in Muay Thai from watching his father, who was also a fighter. Khru Sam fought in some of the most high profile stadiums in Thailand including Lumpinee and Omnoi. His fighting style is Muay Kao and has over 90 fights under his belt. Khru Sam has a basic understanding of English.

Khru Rune

Khru Rune (fighting name Phetpirune Sumalee) comes from Surin. He started fighting when he was eight years old. He is good friends with Khru Keng. They have both trained together back in Surin. At just 19 years of age, Khru Rune has over 60 fights under his belt with most of his fights ending in a knockout. His style is somewhat similar to Pornsanae Sitmonchai. Khru Rune is still very much an active fighter and will continue to fight locally

Reviews (45)

Jazmine Cooper

from United States, January 2018

"Fun and Fit"

Great place to meet people from around the world, workout, and relax. It's not far from street food and shops and the trainers are nice. I'll definitely be back again.

Harriet Giallombardo

from Cambodia, December 2017

"Yoga and Muay Thai- the perfect combination."

Both the Yoga and the Muay Thai were superb. I would highly recommend the Yoga package. Fantastic team. The trainers were amazing. Beautiful running routes. Great people and the atmosphere was perfect. Excellent value for money!

Casper Wuzel

from Thailand, September 2017

The trainers are amazing. They are helpfull, nice and they really know what they are doing. They take training serious but are also up for a good laugh during training.

Philip Howorth

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Very underpriced for what's on offer!"

I had an absolutely fantastic 2 weeks at Sumalee Boxing Gym. The staff, instructors and others attending were all warm and welcoming, willing to put themselves out to help the new guy! The Muay Thai and Yoga sessions were all brilliant, nobody ever pushed me TOO much, but always encouraged me to try and go that little bit further. I would strongly recommend private sessions which cost about £14 for an hour, as that's where the real magic happens and you really start improving! My yoga experience has changed my opinion of yoga to something that can be enjoyed thoroughly, and it's something I will carry on each day if I can figure out which sides are my left and right! The accommodation was very homelike and my bed far exceeded what I expected. I strongly feel that for the quality of every single aspect of the 2 weeks was far beyond what I had paid for.

Thanks to everyone at Sumalee, I have just had the best Summer of my life!

Anonymous

from Australia, July 2017

"come for the muay thai"

Trainers where excellent.

Id advise picking up your fitness atleast a month before you come to fully benifet their training regime.

Owners and managers strived to keep things smoothly run.

Accomodation was high by muaythai standards but average at best compared to similar tours and programs I've done.

Andreas Olsen

from Malaysia, May 2017

"Go for Muay Thai, NOT yoga!!"

Muay Thai was excellent, hard working and skilled teachers with positive energy.

Food and drinks were delicious.

Good social vibe.

Sarah Nido

from Switzerland, May 2017

"Unforgettable experience"

I booked Sumalee initially for two weeks but ended up extending twice, due to the great muay thai and yoga trainings, the welcoming and friendly atmosphere and delicious food. I had never done muay thai before and was very nervous about the training. However, due to the excellent trainers and encouragement of fellow students I got into the training quickly and made progress already within the first week. What helped me greatly was the daily offered yoga class which from my point of view provides the perfect balance to the physically very demanding muay thai classes. I particularly enjoyed the early morning joint mobility class just before muay thai , which was a perfect preparation and warm up. I also booked yoga private sessions as from my perspective, the group classes are more beginner oriented. The teacher helped me work on more challenging poses in the private sessions and with her positive vibe and supportive attitude made me feel even more at home at Sumalee.

Thu Mai

from Vietnam, August 2018

"Cannot wait to go back!"

The trainers here are absolutely adorable, so are other staff and fellow practitioners. It was definitely the warm and home-like atmosphere that was the biggest plus of this place. Other than that, everything else from food to facilities are of excellent standards too. I first came for yoga and was a total muay thai dummy, but after the experience at Sumalee I have found new love for this fascinating martial art and cannot wait for earliest opportunity to go back for further training. Thank you Sumalee for such a great time that I have with you.

Ralph David G. Jean-pierre

from Canada, July 2018

"it was awesome !!!"

Good people, good food - definitely good training... for sure I will come back !!!

Adam Holland

from Great Britain, June 2018

I had a great time at Summalee. The atmosphere was welcoming and light hearted whilst still allowing for serious training. I took both the Muay Thai and yoga classes and really enjoyed both. I was also happily surprised by the gymnastics equipment that had been recently installed and the opportunity to do calisthenics training. The food is really nice, and there is a pretty good selection of vegan options, which was again a nice surprise!

James Ryan

from Great Britain, May 2018

"Muay Thai madness "

The experience of training with top level Muay Thai fighters is a once in a life time experience and would highly reccomend it and the camp was fantastic. Great healthy food and top level accommodation.

Bernadette Bohol

from United States, April 2018

"I would definitely go back"

This was my first muay thai camp experience but i have to say it was well worth it. For a number of reasons. 1. Compared to other well known camps in phuket i felt this was best for me, as a solo female traveler, because it wasnt overcrowded and the trainers were not all westeners. When i go to thailand i want to learn from thai people ya know. Not saying i knew thats what was at the other camps. And most of all i dont want to be another body in the class. They trained only muay thai and not other mma sports, which was my preference and a plus for me. 2. The location was away from any party scene which means youd have to catch a ride to the beach or to do anything, which is an advantage if you mean to be serious about your training. 3. There was a good vast variety of food that would take a couple weeks to taste everything on the menu honestly, and it was geared towards training. 4. The trainers knew their art and were so pleasant and fun to train with. 5. They had gear if you didnt, not just to buy.

Tamas Kosina

from Thailand, April 2018

"Real(ly) good muay thai camp"

The camp was amazing with really good facilities and services. Muay thai training is top notch, the only burden of your progress is yourself. Trainers are real good characters who are more then happy to pass on their knowledge and skills. Yoga classes are a real fun and perfect compliment to the thai box training.

This camp recommended to people who are interested in learning muay thai and yoga. This place is not those "wellness detox, jump around, do crossfit, hihihaha camp". Expect professionalism.

Anonymous

from United States, April 2018

The place is good for yoga and relaxation.

The people I meet in the training camp.

Cindy Hanara

from Australia, April 2018

"I want to go back!"

Having very limited experience and fitness level did not hinder my experience here. I was excited for the opportunity to try something new and left feeling amazing for it.

All the facilities are well cared for and clean.

Service was great!

There was plenty of teachers to trainers ratio. Most teachers don’t speak English fluently so much teaching is done through shadowing. On reflection as a first timer I should have taken up the one on one PT add on to improve my technique. The PT option is additional to the 3.5hr boxing training and 1.5hr yoga per day so if you do choose that a medium to good level of fitness is required to take full advantage.

I appreciated that there were more females than I had expected training here, many other boxing gyms I have been to we’re boys club. Everyone attending the retreat were super friendly and really made my stay memorable.

The chef and food is amazing with plenty of choice. If you’re desperate to try hawker food there’s plenty local options but I didn’t want to risk my health in the short time I was there. Phuket is quite overwhelmed with tourism so I loved that this was quite far away from the hectic Patong zone.

Yukie Kwok

from Hong Kong, March 2018

"Perfect!"

The staff was welcoming. The instructors are friendly and professional. Food was delicious and healthy. The accommodation was nice and clean. I wished I stayed longer!

Vlad Sergeev

from Netherlands, February 2018

"3 weeks at Sumalee Boxing Gym"

Going to train in Sumalee for 3 weeks I was jumping into unknown. Being almost 40 years of age and having no previous martial arts experience, I was a bit worried that the idea of going to train in Thailand was a bit too crazy. Now that the 3 weeks have gone by and i am waiting for my flight back home, the feeling of nostalgia is overwhelming. The atmosphere in the gym is uplifting. From my experience, people coming to train are very friendly and respectful regardless of their level. The gym is very well run, the staff are very responsive and professional. Although not all trainers speak English very well, they always find a way to get the point across. And they are just fun to be around! Great bunch of guys. Yeah and the food is great! Overall, I am very happy i chose this particular gym.

Eva Vonk

from Germany, January 2018

"Yoga and Muay Thai as a perfect combination"

The owners of this gym are definitely business people. But the good kind. They've created a place that is accommodating to all sorts of clients, regardless of their level. Great for beginners and pro's.

I'd say their unique selling point would be the combination of the boxing training with yoga, which is an amazing addition to the packages.

Unfortunately the permanent yoga teacher was on leave for a couple days during my stay, but her substitute teacher was just wonderful. She had the extraordinary skill of making her classes interesting even for the biggest yoga skeptics of the camp, and intelligently tweaked her lessons to the type of stretching our bodies would need after the boxing training.

Another bonus of the yoga package I'd say would be that it attracts a bigger variation of guests. Comparing it to other gyms that cater slightly more to men, here the ratio between men and women was very equal.

A last thing I would say to people considering booking here, you might be slightly put of by the reputation of Phuket being very touristy and even a little trashy, I was, and almost didn't book here. But Sumalee is a little micro cosmos of it's own, situated rather remote from all the party madness of places like Patong, it's heavenly peaceful and doesn't feel too touristic at all.

Though still, if you would want to go on that 1 night crazy bender it's just a cab ride way.

Susan Hodgkinson

from Great Britain, December 2017

"Amazing experience "

The Yoga Shala is beautiful I loved the space! You can practice there when the class isn’t on too. The classes were just the right level and focus to counter the strong Thai boxing practice. Marriage made in heaven. I thought the Yoga would be an afterthought I was pleasantly surprised by the standard. The Thai boxing training was outstanding I thought I was going to find it too hard on the first day, but with all the cardio training your stamina builds really fast. The trainers are always smiling I felt really sad leaving them you become really fond of them since you partner up with each one in rotation. I feel so much stronger and fitter what an amazing experience!

Danial Azan

from Singapore, October 2017

"Amazing"

I found the staffs very welcoming. Trainers were amazing. I have definitely gain more knowledge in Muay Thai and wished I stayed longer. Thank you to all the trainers at Sumalee. Will be back soon.

Emy Igot

from United States, October 2017

"Best Muay Thai training experience!"

Sumalee is a place with extraordinary people & highly competent trainers. You get as much as the time and effort you invest. Ample trainings/classes and skilled trainers are made available to you. They adapt to your level, and to your goals. The location is a perfect balance of detachment from all the sights and scenes for some solace and proper focus. However, if you find the need to explore and enjoy the local & tourist spots, it's also at a very good distance. They have an extensive menu selection of Thai and American food in the restaurant, all of them are great! My experience surpassed my expectations and I will definitely be coming back! Thank you very much guys for being so wonderful and welcoming, you immediately made me feel at home.

Katrina Ellis

from Italy, September 2017

"Sumalee is amazing!! "

Sumalee is a real community. The training, food and people are great. Lynne and the team were very accommodating and helpful. I had a great time here!

Eugenie Martin

from Australia, September 2017

"Return from your holiday fitter & stronger than you left"

I had a great time at Sumalee Boxing Gym and thinking about my week holiday there brings a big smile to my face. I was a bit nervous going on my own and not having much boxing experience however that all went out the window the moment I got there. It is a well organised, smooth running enterprise with friendly staff and a gorgeous giant pet pig call Annie or Arnie who likes her head/nose scratched. The boxing training catered for all abilities (beginner to expert) and ages and you could go at your own pace - mind you, I would suggest ramping up your cardio/fitness before you go to make the most of it. The boxing instructors were fun and attentive and pushed you, yet also took care that you weren't getting over tired or dehydrated. There was a diverse mix of guests from around the world and I met some lovely characters and shared some fun, memorable times during training and on outside excursions. The 1 x daily yoga session provided a good stretch and refocus in-between the morning and afternoon boxing classes (to note, it was more a lower intensity yoga, however that suited our group just fine). Overall, I would recommend Sumalee to anyone wanting to give Muay Thai boxing a go or brush-up on your skills (it was great to see some of the experts in action) as well as meet some fun, new people …and you’ll definitely return from your holiday much fitter and stronger that you left.

Fera Indriany

from United Arab Emirates, September 2017

"Will definitely come back!"

Really enjoyed the program (muay thai + yoga). My first time ever doing muay thai but I didn't feel intimidated at all. Really nice trainers, nice people, everyone just like a family in Sumalee. The room is clean and the food is great.

About the location, far away from the touristic places just how I wanted. Such an amazing experience and fun!

Maxine Hitchcock

from Great Britain, September 2017

"Disappointing "

The Muay Thai training was superb and the trainers extremwly professional and engaging with the students. My son had the time of his life!

Athina Tsekinis

from Australia, June 2017

"My Muay Thai & Yoga getaway! "

This place, what can I say... My intended duration for the trip was only a week but within a few days I had changed some things around so I could stay for an extra week. I loved how welcome everyone made me feel, this is a perfect place for all fitness levels. They really adapt to your level of fitness and never make you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed... after all we all have to start from somewhere right! I did the Muay Thai with Yoga package, I think it is the perfect combination as I personally believe that after doing such full on exercise you really need to stretch out, so I highly recommend doing both together. Rhian is an amazing yoga instructor, she really tailors each class to how you are feeling and what your body needs. You definitely feel better after yoga... Don't hesitate to ask her anything or be embarrassed she will always give you options and help you! Rhian is also your go to girl, there is nothing she can't help you with, she also speaks Thai so literally nothing she can't answer or help you with. Made the stay a lot easier having someone who would always make sure you were okay. The trainers were something else, they honestly made a lasting imprint on me, they were not only super friendly and funny but they were very attentive and professional and always made sure we were warmed up and stretched before classes. The training was intense but they always made sure we had lots of fun and never pushed us past our limits. As for the food, I am a real lover of food and I can assure you that the food is of great quality and very healthy and satisfying. I highly recommend the accommodation, Muay Thai, yoga and food package. It is great value and its great to have everything sorted in the one place. Overall, I had a great experience and I can't wait to go back!

Annie Tsang

from Hong Kong, April 2017

Great Muay Thai Training. Nice Trainers. Nice People. Excellent food. Cheap Massage in 15mins walk. Local shop just outside the gym which can find the basics you need. Clean and quiet. Will come again.

Joanna Fabicon

from United States, April 2017

"Best Trip Ever"

Everyone was friendly, patient, and accommodating

Remo Meier

from Switzerland, June 2018

"Better than expected"

Due to all the good reviews we expected overall a good time at Sumalee. Only hesitation was the location. But that turned out much better then expected. Nearby is pretty much everything you need and renting a scooter gave us the freedom to go anywhere on the island within less than an hour. Very nice beaches are a 15 Min. drive away. Best of all: the whole Bangtao Beach but especially the very north Dream Beach.

Stefanie Geiger

from Australia, March 2017

"All about thai boxing, with the option of yoga"

The muay thai boxing was very intense and the trainers did a great job. The camp has a good size. You'll make friends easily and it makes you feel like living with a small camp family. The value for the price is great. There is a good joice of food in the restaurant.

I would stay here again for the boxing

Testimonials (5)

aiden2017 Switzerland

Tripadvisor website

I came here with no expectations. I was surprised by the training, the trainers and the food. I had a very good time. Nice balance between exercising and relaxing. The Muay Thai trainers and the yoga instructor were amazing. They pushed me to much more than I expected out of me. Also the food is delicious and the people nice. All in all a fantastic place to spend a holiday. I definitely come back one day.

Vila-Surya Romania

Tripadvisor website

Me and my wife were in our honeymoon and we decided to do something not specific. So we started looking for Muay Thai gyms around Patong and Phuket.

After to tries at the gyms by the 2 main MT stadiums in Patong i was almost ready to drop the idea. The guys there spoke very bad English and were very arrogant with us. At one of the gyms, the trainer was eating and turned his back on us and waived us to go and said: you go now, come tomorrow! At the other one, they were just trying to sell us tickets to the watch the matches.

So we looked on Tripadvisor and found Sumalee. We gave it a try and it turned out good. I took part in 2 group classes, morning and evening and my wife did a yoga class around noon. We also ate there.

Training was awesome, the trainers spoke good enough English for people to understand what they have to do. The session were very well structured, the ideas were clear: warm up was warm up, stretching was stretching, shadow boxing and drills were also as they are supposed to be. I also had a few rounds of sparring which were balanced enough. All the trainers were good.

I really recommend and I am looking forward to come back and spend more time training.

Unless you stay at Sumalee for longer you should either rent a bike or a car. It was easy to get there by taxi in the morning, but it took us an hour to get a taxi in the evening.

Thaimac Hong Kong

Tripadvisor website

Lynne and her staff and trainers were amazing! They were super accommodating about welcoming a large group of children and adults at the last minute and organized amazing trainers for everyone. The kids had a wonderful time and are all inspired to continue when we get home. The entire experience was fantastic from start to finish. All of the training was pitched just right for each of us with our different levels of experience and everyone at the gym is so friendly and helpful and patient. I can't wait for my next trip!

Kay765 Netherlands

TripAdvisor

Over the past month the Sumalee Boxing Gym has become a second home to me and leaving was exceptionally hard. The seven trainers excell in pushing you to your limits while still making sure there is always a fun vibe in the gym. What surprised me most was the high amount of personal attention every student got during the group trainings. The ratio of trainers over students was usually 1:2 and never exceeded 1:3, ensuring everyone got at least 3 rounds of individual pad work per training. Also during shadowboxing, sparring, and bag work there would always be a trainer around to teach you and to correct you.

Not only the trainers, but also the rest of the staff were always friendly and made my stay very comfortable. The food provided by the Ringside Restaurant was always of high quality and was literally everything you could ask for after a heavy training. The rooms were nice and very clean and the pool and the yoga studio provided the opportunity for relaxing in between training.

Thanks to everyone who made my stay so amazing, I'll be back!

Vila-Surya Romania

TripAdvisor

Me and my wife were in our honeymoon and we decided to do something not specific. So we started looking for Muay Thai gyms around Patong and Phuket.

After to tries at the gyms by the 2 main MT stadiums in Patong i was almost ready to drop the idea. The guys there spoke very bad English and were very arrogant with us. At one of the gyms, the trainer was eating and turned his back on us and waived us to go and said: you go now, come tomorrow! At the other one, they were just trying to sell us tickets to the watch the matches.

So we looked on Tripadvisor and found Sumalee. We gave it a try and it turned out good. I took part in 2 group classes, morning and evening and my wife did a yoga class around noon. We also ate there.

Training was awesome, the trainers spoke good enough English for people to understand what they have to do. The session were very well structured, the ideas were clear: warm up was warm up, stretching was stretching, shadow boxing and drills were also as they are supposed to be. I also had a few rounds of sparring which were balanced enough. All the trainers were good.

I really recommend and I am looking forward to come back and spend more time training.

Unless you stay at Sumalee for longer you should either rent a bike or a car. It was easy to get there by taxi in the morning, but it took us an hour to get a taxi in the evening.

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