Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, is Thailand’s national sport. While there are many places around Bangkok to watch an exciting fight, what if you want to join the action? Whether you want to practice Muay Thai for fitness or train to become an unbeatable force in the ring, here are Bangkok’s best Muay Thai camps and gyms.
Petchyindee Academy is an especially great Bangkok Muay Thai camp for beginners. There’s an onsite hotel, which is good for travellers who want to immerse themselves fully in the Muay Thai experience. You can pay for individual private and group sessions too; there’s no need to sign up for a course to possibly find that it’s not something you like to do. In addition to excellent trainers and modern equipment, you’ll find a sauna, a steam room, a Jacuzzi, and the option to buy healthy Thai meals. A variety of general fitness classes, like Zumba, are available too. Both males and females train here. This Muay Thai camp is terrific for people who want to focus more on all-around fitness and learning the traditional art of Muay Thai, rather than those who have a burning desire to make it into a professional boxing ring.
A popular Bangkok Muay Thai gym for people who want to train alongside some of the biggest names in the sport, F.A. Group is the home gym of Petchboonchu, a Muay Thai world champion. The legend defeated many well-known fighters and regularly fought at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. Petchboonchu is known for his strong clinching skills, and this gym is a great place for people who want to develop their own clinching and knee techniques. Sessions focus largely on clinching, and people work individually or in couples with sparring, pads, bags, etc. The gym is fairly small, and the equipment isn’t the most modern; it’s the reputation and high-quality fighters that make this a sought-after training centre. There’s a good mixture of Thai and foreign trainees, though the gym doesn’t particularly enter foreigners into fights. If you want to train with the best and perfect clinching, this gym is great. If, however, you’re seeking glory in the ring, other camps would likely be more suited to you. The gym is located in Chatuchak, and it has onsite accommodation.