How To Pick Your Muay Thai Camp In Thailand

How To Pick Your Muay Thai Camp In Thailand

You plan to go to Thailand for training. But on what basis should you choose sides? Is training and living like Thai people necessarily the best solution? Is it better to have a camp in Bangkok or in the provinces? Is it better to have an ultra-reputable camp or a simpler camp? We will give you all the tips to choose the best camp and make sure your experience in Thailand goes as smoothly as possible to avoid any unpleasant surprises!

Your choice is made! You plan to go to Thailand for training. But on what basis should you choose sides? Is training and living like Thai people necessarily the best solution? Is it better to have a camp in Bangkok or in the provinces? Is it better to have an ultra-reputable camp or a simpler camp? We will give you all the tips to choose the best camp and make sure your experience in Thailand goes as smoothly as possible to avoid any unpleasant surprises!

Your choice is made! This year you are going to train in Thailand! But how are you going to choose your side? Here, we do not compare the characteristics of the camps with each other but we will explain how to choose it so that your experience goes as smoothly as possible and so that you can really focus on the muay thai and not on all the logistics involved.


100% Muay Thai or Muay Thai and visiting Thailand? 

Before choosing your side it is useful to ask yourself if you only want to do Muay thai or if you want to train AND visit the country. The two aspects are compatible since many camps offer all types of packages, with training in the morning or afternoon for example. If you plan to visit the country and enjoy the beaches and landscapes we can only advise you to choose a camp on an island or near the coasts like Samui, Chang, Phuket, Krabi . For those who love the north and the jungle there are many camps in Chiang Mai and you can enjoy the sumptuous landscapes of the region. Avoid Bangkok in this case, especially depending on the length of your stay. For some, beyond two full weeks in the capital of Siam and you risk going crazy.

Length of stay?

How long to leave... we recommend a minimum of 2 full weeks. That is 2 weeks when you will really be in the camps. The very first day you often arrive at 6:30 - 10:00 am at Bangok Airport and of course the day is lost for the muay thai. Same thing for the return day. What makes a stay of just 15 days quickly turns into a period of 12-13 days effective for the practice of Muay... it's a bit short!

First time in Thailand?

This is one of the essential aspects of your choice of camp. If this is the very first time you are going to Thailand, you will quickly find yourself completely unpaid. If, in addition to learning a whole new culture, you have to get used to the habits of a Muay camp, it can be complicated. Especially if you have chosen a camp that is not in Bangkok and you have to go there by your own means.


A good compromise, if the length of your stay allows it, is to start with one of the many camps in Bangkok for a week and then to continue with a camp in the provinces. You will have had all the time you need to find out about the means of transport to get there and get to know the Thai people (a little bit).


Of course, for the first time in Thailand and in addition for Muay thai it is a pity not to choose a camp in the provinces as the landscapes are so sublime. In this case, choose a camp and a known destination! This is your very first time, the exoticism will be for later. This will save you many inconveniences such as finding a flight to your destination or the impossibility of understanding how to choose your bus at Bangkok's Mochit station, a real chaos when you don't know it. The same goes for when you arrive in the city and try to make yourself understood by the taxi about the camp you have chosen. To make your life a little easier, forget the "muay thai gyms", muay thai clubs" etc. To the driver say the name of the camp followed by "Kai Muay", that's all and that's enough.

Choice of the training camp?

There are two main theories: the "Thai-style" camps and the very large camps that are usually called "tourist camps". Well, you should know that a "tourist camp" as it is pejoratively known as the habit of receiving foreigners. That sounds silly to say, but it is. You will never be a Thai and you will never be able to train exactly like them, unless of course you come every year for 10 years or live there. But in the case of tourist camps, they will know exactly how to behave with you. Unlike a pure Thai camp that will be completely lost because it never sees a single stranger.

year you are going to train in Thailand! But how are you going to choose your side? In this dossier we do not compare the characteristics of the camps with each other but we will explain how to choose it, so that your experience goes as smoothly as possible and so that you can really focus on the muay thai and not on all the logistics involved.

100% Muay Thai or Muay Thai and country tour?

Before choosing your side it is useful to ask yourself if you only want to do Muay thai or if you want to train AND visit the country. The two aspects are compatible since many camps offer all types of packages, with training in the morning or afternoon for example. If you plan to visit the country and enjoy the beaches and landscapes we can only advise you to choose a camp on an island or near the coasts like Samui, Chang, Phuket, Krabi . For those who love the north and the jungle there are many camps in Chiang Mai and you can enjoy the sumptuous landscapes of the region. Avoid Bangkok in this case, especially depending on the length of your stay. For some, beyond two full weeks in the capital of Siam and you risk going crazy

Length of stay?

How long to leave... we recommend a minimum of 2 full weeks. That is 2 weeks when you will really be in the camps. The very first day you often arrive at 6:30 - 10:00 am at Bangok Airport and of course the day is lost for the muay thai. Same thing for the return day. What makes a stay of just 15 days quickly turns into a period of 12-13 days effective for the practice of Muay... it's a bit short

First time in Thailand?

This is one of the essential aspects of your choice of camp. If this is the very first time you are going to Thailand, you will quickly find yourself completely unpaid. If, in addition to learning a whole new culture, you have to get used to the habits of a Muay camp, it can be complicated. Especially if you have chosen a camp that is not in Bangkok and you have to go there by your own means.

A good compromise, if the length of your stay allows it, is to start with one of the many camps in Bangkok for a week and then to continue with a camp in the provinces. You will have had all the time you need to find out about the means of transport to get there and get to know the Thai people (a little bit).

Of course, for the first time in Thailand and in addition for Muay thai it is a pity not to choose a camp in the provinces as the landscapes are so sublime. In this case, choose a camp and a known destination! This is your very first time, the exoticism will be for later. This will save you many inconveniences such as finding a flight to your destination or the impossibility of understanding how to choose your bus at Bangkok's Mochit station, a real chaos when you don't know it. The same goes for when you arrive in the city and try to make yourself understood by the taxi about the camp you have chosen. To make your life a little easier, forget the "muay thai gyms", muay thai clubs" etc. To the driver say the name of the camp followed by "Kai Muay", that's all and that's enough

Choice of camp?

There are two main theories: the "Thai-style" camps and the very large camps that are usually called "tourist camps". Well, you should know that a "tourist camp" as it is pejoratively known as the habit of receiving foreigners. That sounds silly to say, but it is. You will never be a Thai and you will never be able to train exactly like them, unless of course you come every year for 10 years or live there. But in the case of tourist camps, they will know exactly how to behave with you. Unlike a pure Thai camp that will be completely lost because it never sees a single stranger.


Forget about the preconceived ideas of the Thai camps that will really train you in 2-3 weeks and tell you the truth about your technique. You are making them earn several thousand baht for your stay, if you think for a second that the coach will take the risk of offending you by telling you that you send your middles badly... you are on the wrong track! The reverse is also true for very large camps. The best way to learn muay thai in Thailand is to look around you with as much attention as possible. Don't try to hit the paos like an ox to impress the content, it doesn't matter. On the other hand, do the opposite: hit as slowly as possible and look at the content insistently to show him that you are looking for the technique and its advice. You may be lucky if he explains it to you. But the best solution is above all to watch the Thai people train with each other as often as possible.

Moreover, it is not by sleeping on the floor among cockroaches and mice that you will learn muay thai better, if the Thai do it because they have no choice! You, at best, will come out with aches and pains and completely broken for the next day.


On camps that teach well or not, it is as everywhere it depends. That's why we have set up our camps page on the site. The camps we were able to highlight, we are sure of the quality of their teaching. (TRAINING IN THAILAND IN OUR PARTNER CAMPS)

But then who goes to the so-called "pure Thai" camps?

Experienced boxers! who will choose a camp according to the specific techniques they teach. These boxers know Thailand, know the muay and the techniques. What they're looking for is to learn new things. And indeed in this case, it doesn't matter if you sleep on a double bed or on the floor: what counts is the teaching above all! Some boxers will also look for a special camp for Thai boxers who train there where the ability of the camp owner to find interesting fights for you. But if this is your first time in Thailand, avoid this kind of camp which is neither adapted for your level nor for the knowledge you have of the country. You will waste your time there and you will not be able to learn the teaching that is given there. Before being able to choose your side freely you must first familiarize yourself with the country, habits and customs, food etc.. Of course there are always exceptions and maybe for some of you a camp lost in the heart of the Issan region to sleep under tarpaulins with a ceiling that does not exceed 75 meters can you go... but for the others you might as well make the move...

In the end...  what are the right questions to ask yourself?

Ask yourself these questions and the choice of location and camp will be clear!

- Have I ever been to Thailand?

- Is my muay thai level enough to be autonomous in my camp?

- Am I autonomous in nature?

- Am I going to test it, see how it goes or really for the muay, the muay and the muay?

- Do I want to visit or practice 100% muay?

- Will I be able to support a city like Bangkok for 2-3-4 weeks?

- Is it a good idea to think that this camp, which costs 100 baht less per day, is necessarily a good idea?

- Will this camp, which costs 100,000 baht per month, necessarily be the best of all?

- What quality of life do I really need to enjoy my stay 100%?


Finally, one of the most important things is your degree of involvement during your training stay. If you are not pro-active and rather passive, you will miss the vast majority of the teachings. Don't forget! if you really want to improve, watch and study again and again the great champions in training and the Thai between them. You will learn a multitude of things just by observing. 


For example, when we were at Sitsongpeenong, Kem and Sittichai were practicing clinch. One of the members present on site did not lose a thing and even filmed with his mobile phone to be able to review the sequences in the evening. Don't think that all Thai coaches will correct you if you do the exercises wrong, you will have to show them that you are looking for the technique and their teaching: live your muay thai workshop rather than let yourself be carried away and your stay will be a success. 

CONCLUSION

For anyone training muay thai, going to a muay thai training camp in Thailand is a dream. Now you have all the tools and resources to do so!


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