One thing that I find hard to do is workout while I’m travelling, especially when there is lots to do, lots to see and being in a sand, beach and palm tree environment just puts me in a chillax mood. I know I’d rather be sipping on pina coladas, getting my tan on and doing some eye candy-men watching! However, I realised that working out doesn’t lead to you dedicating all your time to it. All you need is just 30mins to 1 hour workouts and then you have the rest of the day to lounge about in the sun. I did some research and found out a lot of people like to train martial art while they’re abroad in holiday destinations like Thailand. After looking through all the different fight styles on Martial Tribes Social Network, I noticed Muay Thai Kickboxing. I realised that it might be a good idea to join a Muay Thai camp to keep me motivated having classes to attend. The most popular places to train Muay Thai are the 4 largest destinations in Thailand which are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket.
Bangkok has one of the world’s largest outdoor markets, temples, and has the best selection of food in Thailand. Bangkok has the best Muay Thai gyms in Thailand and has the largest selection of gyms with quality Muay Thai fighters. But for someone who is at a beginner or intermediate Muay Thai level, Bangkok can be a little intimidating especially if you aren’t familiar with the Thai language and are a newbie. There are no beaches around which I find a big turn off especially if you want that perfect holiday in Thailand.
This destination would be ideal for people looking for that authentic Muay Thai feel, without being situated in a huge busy city. It sits in the mountainous northern part of Thailand and has a more earthy feel to it. One of the benefits of training in Chang Mai is that it’s catered to tourists so you won’t feel like you are living out in the sticks. If you want to visit the elephants, Chiang Mai is also the best destination for this as there are nearby conservation areas to visit. If you aren’t too bothered about having the beach nearby, then Chiang Mai would be a place to have a different and real Thai experience.
With over 4 million visitors a year, Pattaya is a popular Muay Thai training spot for tourists and is the biggest city that also has beautiful beaches. Some of the most famous Muay Thai gyms in Thailand are located in the infamous Pattaya and have produced a lot of champions. But beware of the over load of tourists, it might be hard to stay focused, however if you don’t mind this and want the beach and nightlife whilst training then this could be a good option.
Phuket is by far the most popular training destination for people visiting Thailand. It is next to the famous island, Koh Phi Phi which is a very popular tourist attraction. You will fit in nicely here as there is a huge number of foreigners currently living and fighting in Phuket. Also it is an absolute island paradise surrounded by white sand and blue skies. Hands down this makes it one of the most popular destinations to visit in all of Thailand.