It was our last day in Bangkok before we headed south to Pattaya Beach. What better way to end this section of the trip than working out at one of the best Muay Thai boxing camp in Bangkok. Khongsittha Muay Thai aims to promote the martial art of Muay Thai as a healthy lifestyle to everyone of all experience levels.
I’m sure many of you know about thai kickboxing or “Muay Thai” and where better to learn or take you to the next level than Thailand itself. The weather in Bangkok is generally hot and humid and tends to average between 30-40’c all year around. Lucky for me November is not the hottest month here. From a training perspective, the humidity will make you sweat – that’s good for detoxing and losing weight right? Just a couple of things.
- Stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
- Avoid training during the hottest part of the day (which is usually mid-afternoon). Nobody needs head stroke nor dehydration.
- Eat healthy snacks when training to keep you going. Fruits, energy bars and high calorie snacks.
- Minimise your alcohol intake — don’t look at me like I’m from mars. If you are serious about training you would need to make some lifestyle changes.
Truth be told, I was a lot fitter in 2014 and was very much into fitness and kickboxing was part of my fitness regime. In 2016 I did left myself go, ate a lot and quit the gym to try and save money. I did very much enjoyed the couple hours of training and what a work out. Check out a mini-clip of my morning.
I caught up with one of the owners, Matthew Deane Chanthavanij. Muay Thai has always inspired Matt to learn more of his Thai culture and history. Being half Aussie and half Thai, this well-known actor and TV show host enjoys the balance of the entertainment industry, fitness and family life.
When I started chatting to Matt, he is a down-to-earth guy from Cairns, with a laid back feel but strong family and entrepreneurial values. To my right, Ashley got all fan-girl haha.
“Muay Thai 10-15 years ago was popular overseas than in Thailand. His uncle Ajar Chai, is a well-reselected Muay Thai master in America. One of the first people to bring martial arts to a different country”
Muay Thai is not just a boxing ring sport, it’s a culture that teaches discipline, respect, conditioning and different type of training to become a elite athlete.
Matt has transitioned the lower class sport to become where it is today. A widely admired national sport to the masses.
15 mins out of the centre of Bangkok on a acre of land, two full-sized training rings, various training programs from recreational, conditioning to competitive training programs. What he achieved is a friendly atmosphere, where everyone is a family that helps each other out. Clean facilities both indoors and outdoors.
If you are wanting to train in a real Muay Thai atmosphere. This is the place to be and I’m not just saying that. They take there training seriously all within a comfortable and safe surrounding. You will be amaze by the people they train, pro’s even come here to train, help out and sometimes hold seminar talks to how to empower yourself with confidence and tips to better your technique.
Benefits of Muay Thai for fitness: Weight loss, improved cardio, self defence, strength & condition, confidence building and focus.
Prices range from 450 Baht for 1 walk-in session, to 10 sessions for 4,000 baht, to an unlimited monthly package of 5,000 baht. Private sessions are 1,000 baht.
Packages are available onsite which includes accommodation and what’s great about it is it is available for all levels. Let’s call this the Eat-Sleep-Train-Repeat program. Single and double rates apply either daily, weekly and monthly packages.
eg. Weekly single rate includes: 6 days of training, 7 night stay $10,000 baht. Twice daily sessions, rest one day a week on a Monday, meals not included.
With the accommodation side of things, I had this frighting image of students sleeping in a small room on the floor (backpackers gone budget) with one fan on the corner of the room and communal toilet. I was relieved to hear that there is an 80 room hotel living quarters located at the back of the centre. With a 2 star rating, queen size bed, air-condition, mini-fridge, ensuite, balcony and plenty of storage space. Comfort is key, but remember training is no walk in the park.
Imagine the opportunity to meet top Thai fighters, tickets to either Lumpinee or Rajadamanern Stadium to watch a fight. A guided day tour around Bangkok to check out the tourist attractions on your off day.
I would love to return back to Bangkok and train with the crew Matt has here again. Take a few months off work, train privately – so kinda like boot camp but don’t have to enter the ring with anyone, except the trainer.
Let me know if you have trained here and what was your experience like?
Kob Khun Krap Khongsittha Muay Thai.
Khongsittha Muay Thai
23 Sukhonthasawat Rd. Ladphrao, Bangkok 10230 Thailand
Tel. +66 2932 9911, +669 1229 0088
English speaking: +669 272 6907
Khongsittha Muay Thai @kstmuaythai @khongsittha