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 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 (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.
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, 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 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 (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
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.
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.
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.
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!
from Democratic 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!
from Singapore, October 2017
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.
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.
from Republic of 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!
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.
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!
from Great Britain, September 2017
The Muay Thai training was superb and the trainers extremwly professional and engaging with the students. My son had the time of his life!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
from United States, April 2017
"Best Trip Ever"
Everyone was friendly, patient, and accommodating
from Switzerland, May 2017
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.
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
Kay765 The Netherlands
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!
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.
I discovered Sumalee boxing gym through a research to find a Yoga retreat for one week in Thailand. I took the Yoga package thinking that I wanted to relax through Yoga classes yet discover something new (in this case: Muay thai).
The package includes yoga classes every day, two training of Muay Thai per day and two individual classes of Muay thai.
First of all I will start by the most important: The Muay Thai classes. It is important for me to say that I had absolutely no knowledge into this sport nor any in boxing. The trainers are very attentive yet push you to give the best you can. I really enjoyed the classes and had a lot of fun (and a lot of sweat). It gave me good energy and the stretching and water breaks were enough for me to not feel sore the next days.
For the Yoga classes this is a more personal opinion. I enjoy a type of yoga that focuses on relaxing and breathing in different postures. I thought the instructor in the gym went a bit fast between postures and therefore it felt more rythmic than enjoyable.
In terms of the premises they were good in my opinion. The Gym is clean, the pool is clean and the yoga shelter is very, very enjoyable. The rooms are basic but then again cleaned every day and fully furnished.
The only point where I was not very pleased with is the non-flexibility of the packaged in term of food. In my opinion, it is always very irritating to be offered a package saying "breakfast and dinner" when in reality it is on a certain choice of plates. It is the same with the juices (normally one juice per day) and that is restricted to a selection of 4 juices. Anything over the limits has to be paid and it is quite expensive (meals 6-10 euros when in Thailand the average is around 3 euros).
To conclude, awesome Muay Thai and premises. A little more reserved in regards to the Yoga and the food.
I stayed at Sumalee back in august of 2016 for just under 1 month.
I had never been to Thailand prior to this trip so was unsure what to expect and travelling with my 9-year-old son I had certain reservations after reading various horror stories across the net.
Lynne from the outset was great answering my constant bombardment of questions via email ensuring my mind was at rest and we were making the right decision by choosing sumalee as they gym we wanted to train at.
I’ll break down my review
There is on site accommodation available, ranging from single rooms to family rooms and even has 3-4 onsite suites. We opted to stay in a suite as this gave us a larger living area and a full-size fridge and kitchen facilities. The rooms were cleaned and bedding changed daily by friendly staff who always seemed like they could not do enough for you.
Muay Thai Training
Onto the Muay Thai training the main reason why we went to Thailand.
So, both my son and I had been training for around 6 months prior to going to Sumalee so we knew the basics and wanted to perfect our techniques etc. the trainers were certainly able to do that and in fact I would say propelled our development tenfold. The classes are well structured and there is a great trainer to student ratio. I also had a fair few private sessions with various trainers and found this to be a massive benefit and I genuinely could not recommend these enough. Each trainer has something they are particularly strong at so it’s a great way to perfect your all round game. I had the majority of my 121’s with ‘Lib’ he has a great understanding of English and it also helps that they guy is an actual genius when it comes to Muay Thai!
There is also a great lad called Gunn who is Thai but lived in England for a fair few years so has perfect English and can act as an important translator if your trying to learn something tricky or complicated maybe and the trainer perhaps doesn’t know the exact words to use. Gunn was also helpful when organising basic things such as Taxis, day trips etc.
When I was looking to book this trip, I needed to find somewhere that would allow both my son and I to train at the same time, and Sumalee offered this, the trainers were great with him and were able to help him develop but have fun at the same time. One thing I can’t stress enough is when looking for a camp to train you need to decide what it is you actually want, if you want a large, heavily commercialised, mass class setup then perhaps Sumalee isn’t the gym you should choose, if you want a Muay Thai camp where the trainers actually get to know you, understand what it is you want to achieve and want to work with you to get the best out of you then Sumalee is the place for you!
You only need to read the reviews or watch the YouTube videos to get an insight as to what it is like there.
There is an onsite restaurant that is ran by Rhian who is the daughter of the gym owner Lynne.
The beauty of the restaurant is it serves both Thai food as well as western food, this came in particularly handy for my son, who pretty much stuck to sausage and mash for the duration of our stay there is also a shop located right outside the gym and a few local places to eat just up the road.
To Recap - I couldn’t recommend Sumalee enough. So much so that we plan to go again this year.
I hope this helps anyone thinking about where to train when in Thailand.
I travelled to Thailand hoping for an authentic training experience,and feel I got it. Although I did have a great experience,I want to give both the good and bad so that future clients can get a better idea of the type of camp it is.
First I will start off with the owner Lynne. She is as professional an owner can be when dealing with clients and staff. Firm but fair. I asked a lot of questions and recieved an answer almost immediately.
Next is the facility itself. My first impression was the pictures on the website were not exactly what they seemed,and rarely are. My main issue was the old dirty mats on the ground. They were very thin and layed out over concrete floor,which can seriously damage your calves and shins if you aren't conditioned for that. They also had a bit of a funky smell that no cleaning product could help. I saw the mats being cleaned,so I know that wasn't the issue. Maybe invest in new mats after certain period of use.
They have 2 boxing rings. Both in great condition,and clean. I always preferred doing my pad work in them. You will have the opportunity to use them on a regular basis.They had enough bags throughout the gym and I had no problem getting one to use,but wow they are hard . Respect these bags or risk injury.
If you need gloves or wraps they have them,but wouldn't recommend them as they have definitely been used. But why show up without your own gear anyways,right? But if you do,just head over to their shop and buy some for a pretty good price.
The trainer's there are awesome! This is where Sumalee really shines. They will know your level of training almost immediately and go from there. If you have a weakness they will fix it. During training sessions,you will never get the impression they don't care. They are there help you get better...Period! Some of them will show you some pretty sneaky attacks if you ask. My personal favorite was Lip. Mostly because I found him to be very technical and that's what I wanted. One thing that amused me was doing each session listening to some of Thailand's best love songs. Anyone who had trained there will know what I'm talking about.
The lodging was okay. It's not the Ritz,so don't expect that. The bed was clean and the room was tidy. I had an issue with plumbing but it was dealt with promptly. Rooms have air,which I found to be a lifesaver after training.
The food was amazing. I would recommend the meal plan if you are there for training only. The restaurant is on the grounds and was super convenient. If you are there to explore a little,then the meal plan might not be your thing. If you have a request for something,they will do their best to make it. The menu has a lot of options to choose from and I took advantage of that.
So if you are looking for a place to sharpen your skills,this is the place. If I decide to go to Phuket again I will head over to Sumalee,no problem.
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