On this page, you should find the answers to all your questions relating to our camp and Phuket. If you still have additional questions that you would like answered, you can contact us and we will quickly respond…
Q: Where in Thailand is Phuket?
You can find the island of Phuket sitting on the southwestern coast of Thailand. It takes about an hour to fly from Bangkok to Phuket, or you can drive by road and spend about 12 hours doing so. The island is approximately 20 km wide and 60 km long.
Q: What are the best things I can do to prepare for training in Thailand?
Thailand is an incredibly humid and tropical climate, and it always takes a few days for anyone who is new to the area to adjust. In the first week, the majority of people who start training are only able to handle around two hours a day, but by the third week, this is usually increased to around 4 to 6 hours a day.
Whenever you train in the tropics, it’s typical for a person’s fitness to improve very fast. It also helps if you don’t spend your time in an air-conditioned bungalow as you will become more accustomed to the humidity quicker. If you absolutely must have air conditioning, don’t let it get any cooler than 25 to 28°C. It’s always going to help anybody who is going to train at the Thailand Camp to at least show up in fairly good shape as it will be a lot easier for your body to acclimatize and adjust to the training regimen.
What is considered good fitness?
Rope Skipping: Start out slow, and then work up to doing 15 to 20 min. of skipping rope each day. You can really help to save yourself from getting shin splints by wearing shoes when doing these.
Running: It is recommended to start out with a slow pace and work up to 5 km. Before you get to Rawai however, if you can get yourself worked up to 10 km at a slow pace, then you will be ready to train in there topical climate of Phuket.
Please note: the only time you need to work up to 20 min. of skipping rope, and the 10 km of running is if you actually want to fight. If a student is only going to the Thailand Camp to get themselves in shape and lose weight, then it’s not required to commit to such an intense fitness schedule for the first week of training.
The typical individual that can run 10 km is going to be fit enough to get through any of the basic flight training. If on the other hand you find it hard to run 2 kilometers continuously, then you might want to work on getting yourself in better shape before you actually get to the Thailand camp. Muay Thai training is extremely intense, and in order to keep up, it’s important that you have good inner health before you begin. It’s not uncommon for students who come to the Thailand camp to miss out on some of the valuable time that they have there training because they get sick and develop a cold or influenza.
One of the main reasons that people get sick and have a low immune system is because of the food they eat. Poor eating habits like eating junk food, or processed foods can bring about low levels of the good bacteria and enzymes that our bodies need to stay healthy. Any time you go to a new country, you stand the chance of exposing your body new types of bacteria that you’ve never been exposed to before in the water, air, and the food. If your body is lacking the good bacteria that it needs, then whenever it needs to fight off bad bacteria, your body is going to struggle to get the job done, and you will typically end up with cold and flu symptoms. Anybody who is going to travel to Thailand to train should spend at least a couple of weeks, or even a month, working on building their immune system up before they ever get to Thailand so that they don’t lose any of those valuable training days.
Recommended Methods to Improve Your Inner Health
- Acidophilus Tablets – make sure they are broad spectrum probiotic tablets before you come to Thailand, make sure you take 1-2 acidophilus tablets every day for minimum of 2 weeks. One of these acidophilus tablets alone is going to add to your body one to two billion live bacteria cells. You are guaranteed to run into germs and bacteria that your body is not familiar with when you get to Thailand, so this is an important step because it will build up all of the “good bacteria” levels that your body needs to fight off those harmful bacteria.
Please Note: Unlike a lot of other pills that you take and actually want to dissolve in your stomach, this is not the case with these probiotics. Make sure that the bottle you purchase says they have enteric coating so that they are guaranteed to make it through your stomach acids. If you don’t, your stomach acid is just going to kill the living bacteria before they get into your small intestine. Kind of defeats the purpose.
- Ginger Tea with Honey – make sure that you don’t use the Ginger tea that you can get from your local grocery store. This is not what we’re talking about here. Go to your local store and buy some fresh ginger root, and then use that to make your ginger tea.
The Chinese have been using ginger for thousands of years to treat sicknesses including flu symptoms and sore throats. They have been using it to cure a whole range of other ailments as well including vomiting, coughs, diarrhea, colds, flatulence, inflammation of the joints, colic, motion sickness, headaches, cholera, asthma, and even anorexia believe it or not.
Ginger is also used in its raw form as a digestive, an appetizer, a laxative, and also a thermogenic. Ginger contains a couple of active ingredients namely terpenes and oleoresin which are responsible for the lymph cleansing properties. Some of the other things it does include relief of mild constipation, antiseptic properties, and it stimulates the circulation. When Ginger has been researched, it has been found to reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed into the liver and the blood, which in effect lowers an individual’s blood cholesterol levels. Another amazing benefit of Ginger is that it blocks the effects of prostaglandin. This substance is what is responsible for migraines in essence, as it causes the blood vessels in the brain to become inflamed.
The reason that Ginger is considered a digestive is largely because of the gingerols and shogoals that it abundantly contains. These substances neutralize stomach acid, and stimulate the stomach in a way to make it secrete more digestive juices. It also helps to tone the muscles of the digestive tract.
How to Make Ginger Tea
Cut and peel a piece of the Ginger approximately 2 cm x 2 cm. After it is cut and peeled, slice it and dice it into very small pieces. Go ahead and place these pieces of ginger into a pot and add hot water into it and let it steep for around 10 to 15 min. When it is done, pour it into a cup and add 1 tablespoon of honey to it. Drink. If you’re so inclined, you can also eat the pulp of the boiled ginger to provide your body with even more health benefits.
When you get to Rawai, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the honey and ginger tea is made fresh every day at the Muay Thai bar which is located right next to the gym. It only costs about 1 US dollar per cup, or 40 Thai baht.
- Raw Foods, Wheat grass, and Green Smoothies – an awesome raw food for adding a huge amount of nutrients to your diet is eating germinated mung beans. A wonderful a of adding these beans into your diet is by blending them up in a green smoothie as it will give you a more complete meal that is chock-full of living enzymes and vitamins.
Don’t try to just eat the mung bean before it has been germinated as the germination process is what unlocks all of the dormant nutrients locked in the bean. When the mung bean is dormant, it possesses some enzyme inhibitors that are only moved out of the way when the process of germination starts. When the mung bean is germinated, it starts to grow into an actual mung bean plant.
Mung beans are in essence a veritable fuel capsule because of all the nutrition that they contain. In fact they have all the nutrition that is required to generate life. The best time to consume the mung beans is within the first 24 hours after the germination process has started since this is the time when the mung bean has the most nutrition.
Breakdown of Mung Bean Nutrition
(this nutritional breakdown is for 1/2 cup of germinated for/sprouted mung beans)
(*) = nutrients that are very important for maintaining optimum health while exercising
- Carbohydrate 37.5g *
- Protein 24.0 g *
- Calcium 16.1 mg *
- Iron 2.4 mg *
- Magnesium 40.9 mg *
- Phosphorus 98.0 mg
- Potassium 272 mg *
- Sodium 11.2 mg
- Zinc 1.1 mg
- Copper 0.3 mg
- Manganese 0.4 mg
- Selenium 0.7 mcg
- Folate 86.8 mcg *
- Vitamin B6 0.2 mg *
- Vitamin C 19.8 mg *
- Omega-3 fatty acids 13.6 mg * Germinated / sprouted mung beans
How to Germinate Your Own Beans
It’s pretty easy to germinate mung beans, as all you have to do is add a half a cup of them to 3 cups water in a bowl, make sure that the water is warm if you’re living in a cold climate, and allow them to soak for around 8 to 12 hours. The mung beans will start to germinate themselves when they have absorbed enough water.
In order for a mung bean to grow, it needs oxygen, so you want to put them into a cooking sieve after you pull them out of the water. Within a couple hours you should start see the sprouts appear, and when they do, they are ready to eat.
- Get your blender out and mix
- 2 cups of water
- a nice full handful of fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup of the mung beans you germinated
- small piece of fresh parsley
- two or 3 tablespoons of muesli breakfast cereal
- in order to sweeten up your green smoothie a little bit, add some fresh fruit to it. This could be pineapple, banana, strawberry, grapes, or whatever floats your boat.
make sure that you add the muesli/rolled oats into the green smoothie so that your meal is going to be more complete and balanced. It’s also going to stay fresh within the refrigerator for 24 hours if you don’t want to drink it all in one setting.
The great thing about the mung bean is that they are cheap and you can buy them at any local supermarket. Other ways to eat them include adding them to soups, salads, mashed potatoes, som tam, or whatever.
Q: What is the best way to get from Bangkok to Phuket and book flights online?
You can find the island of Phuket located approximately 900 km south of Bangkok. It’s not a huge island, as it is only 15 km wide and 50 km long.
If you take a flight from Bangkok to Phuket, it’s going to take around one hour and 15 min. When you arrive at the Bangkok international airport, you can purchase a ticket to Phuket, but if you want to get the best deal, you should make an effort to book that domestic flight more than 72 hours ahead of time.
Never forget that you’re going to have to go through customs when you get in the Bangkok, so when you pre-book your domestic flight from Bangkok to Phuket, make sure that you allow for an additional 3 to 4 hours at least from your international flight and when you need to check in for your domestic flight.
The following websites will allow you to make reservations with the airlines.
NOTE: Bangkok has two international airports, and the one that you end up at is going to depend on the airline you are flying with. The airports are:
Don Mueang Airport at Bangkok Airport Hotel
Suvranabhumi Airport at Bangkok Airport Hotel
Thailand has many other airports as well and they are listed below:
Phuket flight status – Departures and Arrivals
There is a train that goes to Phuket, but it is located 400 km away at Surat Thani, and it isn’t a recommended means of travel to Phuket.
You can also take a bus from Bangkok to Phuket which will take you around 12 hours and will cost around 950 Thai baht or around the $30 US.
Travel Warning: traveling by bus between Phuket and Bangkok – there have been many complaints from students that their bags and backpacks have been tampered with when they took the bus trip between Phuket and Bangkok. Any of your smaller electrical items like cameras, iPods, and mobile phones are things that can be easily turned into cash in Thailand by criminals. If you are going to travel by this method in Thailand, make sure that all of your bags are locked with quality padlocks.
Q: When I arrive at the airport, how do I get to the gym?
You can get to the gym from the airport in a couple of different ways, and that is to either catch a cab from the airport, or take advantage of our airport pickup service.
The most common means of getting to the gym from the airport is through the use of the airport taxis. The gym, which is located in Rawai is about 35 km from the Phuket airport which is on the north end of the island. If you were to hire a taxi from the airport, it’s not going to cost any more than 750 Thai baht, and it’ll take around 40 min. to travel. One of the things you must do when you get into the taxi though, in order to prevent misunderstandings, is to print out the online map and show it to the driver when you get into his car. After you give him the printout, tell him that you have a booking with the Thailand Camp.
Take Warning: it has happened on occasion that our guests have been taken to gyms other than ours by drivers that are looking for a commission for their service, and yes that is beyond what you have already paid for their service. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but it is happening, so make sure that you are very vocal about telling him to take you to the Thailand Camp.
We also provide an option of our own airport pickup service. If you wish, you can schedule one of our drivers to pick you up at the time you specify and they will bring you to the gym for 800 Thai baht. It doesn’t cost any more if you have two people coming on the trip, so if you can arrange it you can share the cost. If this is something that you want to arrange, all you have to do is send me an e-mail with the details of your flight and your arrival time.
Q: Do you offer a pickup service from the airport? Does the gym have its own taxi service?
The answer to this question actually is yes we do. If you wish, we can send our driver to pick you up at the time you specify and transport you to the gym for the price of 800 Thai baht. If you are coming with a buddy, you can share the cost of the ride. The service is very easy to book, as all you have to do is send me an e-mail when your flight is going to arrive.
Any of our Rawai students can also take advantage of the taxi service that we offer at the gym. If you are needing a taxi, all you have to do is let the staff at the gym know.
Q: Thai language?
Since Phuket is a very popular holiday destination for foreigners who wish to visit Thailand, the majority of people in Phuket have at least a basic understanding of English, and some of them even a good understanding. If you travel out of this area however, you’ll find that most of the locals speak very little if any English. Thailand however has started teaching English in all of its schools, so if you need directions or assistance, you might try asking some of the younger generation.
Q: Is it okay to work in Phuket?
A work permit is required for any foreigner who wants to work in Thailand. If you find a company that does want to hire you, the normal procedure is that they will process all of the documents for that permit. This can be quite costly however, so the majority of employers will make any foreigner that wants to work in the area commit to a minimum time contract. Normally this contractual agreement will last a year. One of the easiest jobs for somebody to get who speaks English is to become an English teacher in the town schools. This is a job that many of the students who come to our school take on so that they can remain in Thailand for a longer period of time than they could if they were just a tourist. It will be necessary however if you want to teach to get a TEFL certificate.
Q: How can I go about making a reservation? Are there any deposits required?
Please visit our contact page so you can choose the preferred method that we can contact you, or you can send e-mails directly to info@Thailandcamp.com
Our training camp doesn’t ask for any type of booking deposits, but payments for training, tenant accommodations, and the meal plan may be made in advance if you wish, and can be done by using PayPal if you’d like to get a discount. We don’t have a problem accepting Thai baht, MasterCard, or visa in our Office either if that is the method you prefer.
You can pay for all of your accommodations and the training when you get to the gym itself. All you have to do is go to the shop and they will accept your payment. You will however have to make all of the payments before you begin your training. If you wish to get the best value, you want to take advantage of the monthly rates for training and accommodations. If you don’t want to commit to that length of time however, you can easily pay weekly, and for that you’ll be charged our weekly rate.
We don’t have any problem accepting cash payments. There may be some cases where the gym will accept payments through PayPal or another payment method however, if say for instance you were to lose your wallet and your cash, then payments can absolutely be accepted through PayPal. For any of these issues, when you arrive please talk to Liam.
You won’t be able to use any credit cards or travelers checks at the gym. There are banks however that will allow you to exchange your travelers checks in Thailand, so you can bring them if you like. If you feel safer with this method, then you can find a couple of banks that are located close to the gym.
There is a no refund policy at the gym.
When you make a payment it’s final. There will be no refunds available or given on training or gym accommodations.
In order to pay for your VIP training coupons, please make those payments at the gym shop, and do not make payment to the trainer directly.
If any student is ever caught offering trainers cash in order to get a cheaper rate for the training, they will be requested to leave.
When you get a quote from us for the training and accommodations, that is the price you’re going to pay. Our gym doesn’t have any types of hidden fees or taxes like many of the other local Muay Thai gyms have, like the 7% mandatory VAT for example. What you are quoted is what you pay.
Q: What is the cost of training and accommodation?
The fees for the standard training covers all of the morning and afternoon group training sessions, and provides full use of the gym facilities.
If you wish to take advantage of VIP training, you can buy these VIP training coupons at the gym shop. These coupons cost 600 Thai baht apiece if you have already paid for standard training sessions. If you haven’t already paid for the standard training, they will cost you 1000 baht each. Each of these coupons are good for one hour of private training with whichever trainer you choose. That’s not all however as you are also entitled to take part in all of the regular training sessions. If you wish to schedule these VIP private lessons, then it can be done between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Everyone at the gym takes Sunday off so that our bodies have a chance to rest and recuperate.
Q: What is the best time to book my accommodations?
It’s always best to make any of your reservations as soon as you can.
It’s not uncommon for most our rooms and bungalows to be booked months in advance, so in order make sure that the accommodations you would like are available, it’s a good idea to contact us before you show up.
Reserving your accommodations is easy, and all you have to do is send us an e-mail once you know what your arrival date is going to be and we will make sure that a bungalow is reserved for you. If you don’t care what type of accommodations you have, you can show up at the gym without booking ahead as we typically have some sort of accommodations available, whether it is at the gym, or somewhere close by. The surrounding bungalow resorts typically have prices that are somewhere near ours, so it’s not really that big of a deal.
If you have any more questions on the subject, just send an e-mail to the Thailand camp, or you can e-mail us to set up your accommodations now too.
Q: How much extra spending cash in my going to need?
In order to properly budget for your trip to Thailand and come with enough money to fully enjoy the experience, the following expenses need to be considered:
Training, accommodation, training gear, transportation, entertainment, and food
Shared room: expect to pay 5,000 Baht per month
Shared with air-con: mmmm air conditioning 10,000 Baht per month
Deluxe bungalow: 17,000 Baht per month
10,000 Baht monthly
VIP coupons 600 Baht each
12 oz. gloves: 1,700 Baht
Hand wraps: 400 Baht
Shin guards: 750 Baht
Ankle guards: 400 Baht
Mouth guards: 300 Baht
Muay Thai shorts: 900-1,000 baht
Singlets: 300 Baht
T-shirts: 400 Baht
you can expect to pay around 150 Thai baht per meal. That’s 450 baht per day if you’re going to eat three meals. You definitely pay less for Thai food than you will for Western food. If you’re interested, we have some really good meal plans starting out of the weekly price of 1800 baht, and a monthly price of 6000 baht.
Transportation – Push Bikes and Scooters
One of the most popular methods of transportation for our students is to rent scooters. The gym also has a selection of push bikes available if you would rather.
Scooters: there is a 200 baht daily charge for scooter rentals. If you wish to rent by the month, it will cost 4500 baht. That 4500 baht is going to vary depending on which type of scooter you prefer however, and whether it is an automatic or a clutch model. If you look around, you’re sure to find cheaper scooter rentals, but the majority of them aren’t going to provide the high level of maintenance to their scooters that we do, and they’re quite often unreliable. Before you rent any scooter, make sure that you check both the front and back lights to ensure that they work. Always check to make sure that the tires on the scooter have plenty of tread as well since it’s very common for bald or older tires to slip or get a puncture. As with most things, you get what you pay for, and you can end up spending five baht in order to save one.
the price for a push bike is going to cost you 100 baht daily, 600 baht weekly, or 2000 baht each month.
WORD OF WARNING
anybody who is visiting Thailand, and plans to either rent a scooter, or ride on the back of one, make sure that you have travel insurance! If you are to have a motorbike accident in Phuket, the hospital fees for such an incident can easily run $10,000 USD. Don’t only be careful, be smart and get the insurance.
Your basic living expenses like food and water, and some simple entertainment activities like having a few beers at the end of the week will easily be covered with around 500 baht per day.
There are some events that you might like to check out however which will cost a little more.
In order to buy a ticket to get into the fights of the boxing Stadium, expect to spend 1200 baht.
If you want to have a fun night in one of the many nightclubs in Phuket, expect to spend 1000 baht.
If it’s your intention to party and drink a lot, then plan on spending around 3000 baht per night.
Q: Do I need any previous Muay Thai experience to train?
It’s not required to have any type of experience with Muay Thai boxing, or any other specific martial arts in order to participate in the training. One of the biggest reasons that lots of our students come to Rawai to take advantage of our Muay Thai camp is to lose weight and get in shape rather than to simply learn Thai boxing. Everybody is welcome at Rawai, whether they be beginners, professional fighters, or families with their children.
Q: Where do I get a letter of invitation for a VISA?
If you didn’t get your travel visa before leaving your home country, then when you get to Bangkok, or Phuket by plane, you’ll be issued a 30 day entry stamp. After the 30 days are up, you have to leave the country and then reenter Thailand if you wish to continue your stay. The second stay can be anywhere from 15 days to 3+ months.
It’s easy to find tour bus services in the area who will make what are called “visa runs” which will take you across any one of the various borders around the island. One of the most popular is to go over to Ranong in order to cross over into Burma (Myanmar), and the other one is a two-day trip which will take you over to Malaysia, where you will visit the city of Penang.
If you want to known more about the immigration policies of Thailand, please see our visa run information page. If you have any specific questions that aren’t answered on this page, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Q: How do I get to the camp from the Phuket airport?
One of the best ways to get to the camp from the Phuket airport is to contact us with your flight number and your date and time of arrival so that we can have one of our drivers go to the airport at the given time. They will be holding a sign that says “Phuket fit” which will make it easy to see them. It’s only about a 40 min. drive from the airport, and the driver will be able to take you to the gym and show you where all the rooms and bungalows are located throughout the Camp.
All of our drivers are courteous and friendly, and if you’re hungry and you need to stop and get something to eat along the way, or use an ATM machine, they are more than happy to oblige. If you make use of our drivers, you’ll never have to worry about the driver taking you to some location other than the one you intended, nor will they ever inflate your rates.
You can always find a taxi at the airport if you don’t want to use our services, but you will likely pay more than what you will with our service. You can find sales people that are offering taxi services as soon as you leave the baggage claim area and head outside. These taxis will be more than happy to take you anywhere on the island that you would like to go.
Q: What is the currency of Thailand?
The currency of Thailand is called the baht, and normally trades somewhere between 29 and US$31-US$1. You’ll never have a problem exchanging your currency or having access to banks because they are located all over the island and are easy to reach and deal with.
In order to make a transaction in one of these banks however, you will need to have your passport on hand. Another option for getting your currency changed is through some of the hotels in the area, though they will likely charge a small fee.
Currency exchange rates can always very, so make sure that you check a currency converter for the current exchange rate of your countries currency.
Q: Is there a safe place to store my valuables?
The Thailand camp has a safe where all of the valuable items like travelers checks, passports, airline tickets, cash, iPods, and other electronic items can be stored for the students who are making use of the shared bungalows. Any of the students who are using the deluxe bungalows at the gym will have access to a small electronic safe where they will be able to store all of their personal items.
Every student will have access to their own electronic safe in the shared bungalows, although they’re not going to be large enough to store a laptop computer. They will however be large enough to hold your cameras, passports, and cash.
Laptop Computers: Nearly every student brings their laptop with them. We have never had an issue of laptops being stolen from the gym bungalows, but if you are uncomfortable with leaving it out and need to have it put in a locked area, you can easily make use of one of the lockers at the gym as they are large enough to hold a laptop and it will be safe in there.
Q: How much money am I going to need while I’m in Phuket?
Most of the prices in Phuket are quite affordable. There’s never any set price for many of the services, so you can always try and negotiate for a good price before you buy, and this especially holds true for taxis, tuk-tuks, night markets, and the many small shopping plazas.
If you wish to find out more information on the types of expenses that you will have, please check out the expenses and budget page.
Q: Where is the best place to purchase Muay Thai equipment?
If you have your own equipment, you are more than welcome to bring that along, but if you want to purchase some while you’re in Phuket, you can easily purchase it from our gym. Our gym is fully stocked with all the equipment that you will need. We have a plentiful supply of Muay Thai / MMA shorts and gloves, mouth guards, shin guards, T-shirts, equipment cleaner, protein powders, muscle liniment, various supplements, and even catalogs that allow you to order different equipment other than what we have stocked.
Whenever you buy some Muay Thai shorts or t-shirts, you have the option of having your name, gym, club, or country added to it in either the Thai or English language. You can also have your own custom-made patches made through us.
Q: When is it best to actually come to Phuket?
Unlike many countries who have four seasons, Phuket has two very distinct seasons, and they are the dry season, which is the high tourist season, and the rainy season, which is the low tourist season.
Thailand’s high season is in the months of November to April, and this is the time where most of the tourist activity happens. The busiest time is in December when the weather is really dry and hot and there isn’t very much chance of rain. You can expect the average temperatures to be between 30°C and 38°C and a humidity of around +80%.
Most of the beaches have very calm water, and it rains only one or two days a month. If you arrive in the high season, you can expect to pay a little bit more due to the normal rate hikes that hotels and services will implement during tourist seasons.
The time considered to be the low season is from May to October, and this is the time that the streets of Phuket are not going to be as crowded, although typically there will still be plenty of tourist activity. It’s not uncommon for it to rain a couple of times a week during the low season, and sometimes many days in a row. We never let this stop us from training however, because rain never hurt anybody, but there are still plenty of gorgeous and sunny days during the low season.
The common temperature during this time of year is between 26 and 30°C, with a humidity of around 50%. Unlike the high season where the waters are typically calm, there is a lot of bigger waves which has a tendency to draw surfers to the area to enjoy the surf. Since it’s not as hot, it’s a lot more comfortable to train, and you’ll also get a lot better deals on goods at the local markets because the crowds will be smaller.
Q: What things should I bring?
The only things that are really necessary is a passport, your ID, and if you wish to apply for one before you get to Thailand, a visa. Because of the humidity, it’s not uncommon for our guests to take showers several times throughout the day, so it’s recommended that you bring a minimum of a few changes of clothes so that you’ll have something to wear when your other ones are being washed. The guests at our gym all have full laundry services available.
Almost everything that you’re going to need can be purchased in Phuket. Whether it’s toiletries, shoes, sandals, clothes, towels, or what have you, it’s all very inexpensive and easy to find.
Q: Are people welcome in ThailandCamp that don’t have any experience with Muay Thai, fitness in general, or other martial arts abilities?
All of the guests that come to ThailandCamp are welcome, and we offer beginners programs for any of the guests that don’t have any type of experience with martial arts or Muay Thai. There are many different reasons why our guests come to train with us, including self defense, weight loss, exercise, and many of the pros come to train for a fight.
We have a variety of different fitness classes including boot camp, strength and conditioning, yoga, and a variety of other styles that will fit in perfectly for individuals with a different type of interest in combat arts and fitness. Thailand Camp has something to cater to the needs and preferences of every one of our guests.
Q: How good of shape do I need to be in to train?
It’ll take at least a few days to a week to adjust to the climate of Thailand, and the longer you are here, and the more you train, the more fit you will become, so you don’t really need to worry about whether or not you are in good enough shape to actually be here. All of the people who come here are allowed to train at their own pace, and through each session the trainers will help to improve your endurance and stamina.
It is not uncommon for our guests to have absolutely zero experience in Muay Thai, or fitness in general, and other ones have spent their life doing it. The training programs that we have to offer are designed for everybody no matter what level they are.
You can find out more about all of our Muay Thai training programs, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
Q: Is there a chance that I’ll get hurt training with Thai boxers and trainers?
You really don’t have anything to worry about as far as getting hurt or injured while training except for the possible aches and pains, muscle cramps, or minor sprains that commonly occur when exercising and training. There is a minimum of 20 min. of stretching before each training session, and for anybody who needs to become more flexible, there is also yoga classes provided twice-daily. Taking part in these yoga classes will definitely help to prevent injuries.
Our trainers are professional and will push you just as hard as you like.
Q: Is it possible to get video footage and pictures of myself training?
Q: Are there any food packages or training that is all inclusive available at the camp?
Q: Are there any specific vaccinations that I need to get before arriving in Phuket, Thailand?
You don’t need to get any special vaccinations to visit Thailand.
Q: Is gym training available for women and children?
Absolutely. All are welcome at ThailandCamp. We typically have around 3 to 5 women that are training in each ring during every one of our sessions.
You are welcome to bring your children and your entire family to come and train at our camp. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or your sex, as our gym will provide everyone with a wonderful experience.
Q: Is it possible to purchase appliance like a water heater, hot plate, or other kitchen appliances that I may need?
There are a couple of different outlet stores that you can purchase any of these items you may need while staying in Phuket, and they are Big C, and Central Festival.
If you’re looking to make a big purchase, you can easily arrange a taxi service through our office to both take you to and from the store.
Q: Is there a place where I can buy a new mobile phone, SIM card, or minutes?
You can buy all of these things at the local 7-11 convenience stores. SIM cards, minutes, and airtime are all attainable.
If you have a phone that isn’t compatible with the Thai SIM’s, then you can either buy a new mobile phone from Central Festival, or at the gym itself. Big C also carries mobile phones along with other locations within Patong, Chalong, Kata/Karon, and many other locations.
Q: Where can I do my laundry, use the Internet, or rent a motorbike?
You can rent a motorbike from a variety of different places on the island, and also through the camp itself. It will be necessary to have a driver’s license as well as a valid passport in order to complete a rental. It will be a lot easier for you if you can get an international drivers license before you arrive, as it will make sure that you are not held responsible by default if you were to get into an accident. It is possible to use a driver’s license from your home country if you so desire, but if something does happen, and an accident occurs, regardless of whose fault it really is, chances are you will be faulted.
The camp offers a laundry service that is quite affordable. All you have to do is put all your clothes in a bag, and write your name on a piece of paper and put it inside, and within one to two days your clothes will be returned to you folded and pressed.
If you need access to the Internet, the camp has Wi-Fi, and all you have to do is go to the office and quest the network key. The camp has computers that are available for guests to use any time during business hours, so if you don’t have your own laptop, you still have access to the Internet. These hotspots are not limited to the camp however, as Phuket has many Internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots for people to use.
Q: Will I have access to a pharmacy, hospital, or clinic near the camp?
There are many modern and clean hospitals in Phuket including the Phuket international hospital which is only 6 km from the training camp. This is a full service hospital including outpatient services, emergency services, and even a full dental wing that is really quite affordable.
There is no lack of clinic for pharmacies on the island either, as Chalong has several which are quite close to the camp.
If you have any prescriptions that you need to have filled, or become sick and need some medicine, all of the pharmacists and clinicians are very good with English and the prices for their services and drugs are quite reasonable so there will be no difficulties getting what you need.
Q: Is it possible to find a tutor to learn how to speak the Thai language is?
Since all of the Thai schools have mandated that English be taught and spoken, the majority of the locals are going to speak and/or understand at least a minimal amount of English. You can however find information on classes which will teach you how to speak Thai through our office if it is something that you are serious about learning.