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Sumalee Boxing Gym

Thalang, Phuket, Thailand

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

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Reviews 27

  • Jazmine Cooper United States

    January 2018, BookMartialArts

    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.

    No negatives. Clean room without pest. Good food. Nice staff.

  • Susan Hodgkinson Great Britain

    December 2017, BookMartialArts

    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!

    A few more vegan choices on the breakfast menu.

  • Harriet Giallombardo Democratic Cambodia

    December 2017, BookMartialArts

    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!

    The standard accommodation was basic, but I got used to it.

  • Danial Azan Singapore

    October 2017, BookMartialArts

    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.

    None, everything was perfect

  • Imellynn Igot United States

    October 2017, BookMartialArts

    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 Republic of Italy

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

    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!

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  • Eugenie Martin Australia

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

    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.

    It is hard to think of anything I particularly didn't like. I suppose some things to note are... It was a 'sweat-fest' with everyone in the training area, so you can't be too precious about being covered in your and probably others sweat. It's good idea to hire a scooter to get out and about and see some sites in-between training. I can advise the accommodation is basic yet comfortable.

  • Fera Indriany United Arab Emirates

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

    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!

    It's a tropical place, there's quite a few ants and mosquito in my room. Prepare yourself with a mosquito spray or lotion there.

  • Maxine Hitchcock Great Britain

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

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

    I thought the website 'oversold' the whole concept, from the accomodation right through to the yoga instruction as well as the food. It was 'no frills' and basic. The location was remote and so requiring taxis everywhere you needed to go. It lacked feeling and any personality. I feel the organisers/owners have missed a trick. There is scope for additional activities, social events, excursions - perhaps having a massage facility and detox treatments. Between training sessions and when the rains fall.. it can be quite dull and many of the students agreed that overall Sumalee retreat failed to deliver - outside of the training.

  • Casper Wuzel Thailand

    September 2017, BookMartialArts

    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.

    Besides the training and the yoga there wasnt much to do. It was nice laying at and in the pool but got boring pretty fast. If you wanted to do something you had to take a taxi most of the time.

  • Philip Howorth Great Britain

    August 2017, BookMartialArts

    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!

    There really was nothing to fault, I went purely for training and the location provided food, coffee shops, pharmacies and massages which were all I needed, but if you intend to be a tourist as well then there isn't much in the area. But set aside a day or 2 (Sundays are free anyway) and some cash for taxi rides and you will have no problem getting to beaches etc. Also there was a 6% card charge I did not know about, but I would still say the overall value is incredible.

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookMartialArts

    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.

    Food portions where very healthy but miniscule and more like snacks by western standards. I thought I'd been put on an extreme diet and ended up spending alot of money on junkfood at the corner store to compensate.

  • Athina Tsekinis Australia

    June 2017, BookMartialArts

    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!

  • Andreas Olsen Malaysia

    May 2017, BookMartialArts

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

    Food and drinks were delicious.

    Good social vibe.

    First of all we came for both Muay Thai and yoga, but yoga is in our hearts. As experienced practitioners we find yoga classes at Sumalee NOT good. The yoga teacher (the same every day) did not create a good flow - we missed structure and coordination in the classes. We felt the teacher was not present, that part was extremely disturbing. We have been to many yoga places/retreats and never before have we been giving a review like this one. We do not recommend yoga at Sumalee.

  • Annie Tsang Hong Kong

    April 2017, BookMartialArts

    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 United States

    April 2017, BookMartialArts

    Everyone was friendly, patient, and accommodating

  • Sarah Nido Switzerland

    May 2017, BookMartialArts

    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.

    Nothing, I will go back to Sumalee

  • Stefanie Geiger Australia

    March 2017, BookMartialArts

    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

    It is not, what i would call a yoga retreat, so it did actually not meet my expectations. There are 4 hours of boxing a day and just 1 hour of yoga. But if you look for the boxing and not the yoga, it is perfect. In the end i even enjoyed the boxing more than the yoga. The facilities are quite basic, which might be alright for the price (for example, no toilettries). I think instead of the 3 bottles of water a day, that are included, water should be available all the time (for example a refill option). It would be very nice if there would be organized a shuttle to the beach or to town by the gym, as it is located in the middle of nowhere (which i actually wanted, as you focus more on the programme). As well i would have appreciated a massage option.

  • Anne Claire Dubois Spain

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    I stayed 8 days and it was definitly too short, I would recommend a 10-15 days package as the time really flies.

    The site is super, I had a suite room which was very spacious, modern and clean. Everything (the yoga, gym, restaurant and rooms) is cleaned and desinfected everyday and the food is really good and with a lot of choice. The boxing gym is appart from the city but at walking distance you can find 7/11, shops and restaurant which is convenient.

    Everyone in the club is really nice as well as the other guests.

    I was a solo woman traveler with no experience at all and I had a great time: the trainnings are good for experienced people who can do the 2 sessions and add personal sessions as welll, and for beginners wanted to have an initiation.

    Lynn and her daughter did a great job creating and managing that place.

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  • 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

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    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.

  • Eveanne L

    TripAdvisor

    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.

  • Jamie W

    TripAdvisor

    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

    Accommodation: -

    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.

    Food:

    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.

  • Jason N

    TripAdvisor

    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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