Thailand is where Muay Thai originated, and it’s where some of the best fighters in the world train and compete. With many non-Thai fighters choosing to stay long-term in Thailand, many aspiring fighters wonder if they also need to move there in order to become a high-level fighter.
Running, followed by three hours a session, two sessions a day, six days a week. Rinse and repeat.
This training regimen is more than double, sometimes even quadruple, the amount of what people are used to. Due to the structure of Muay Thai classes and lifestyle outside of Thailand, a majority of people just can’t dedicate that much time to training when they’re in their home country.
If you eat Halal, there’s some great news for you: Although Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, there is a Muslim population. In this Thai Language multi-article series, we explore the basics of Muay Thai and what you need to get around and get what you need while in the country! Welcome to Thai Language – Part 4e.
This is the first out of a three-part series of the ULTIMATE guide to planning of, before going, and during your stay in Thailand. This is meant for those who haven’t made their first trip over to the motherland of Muay Thai yet, as well as for those who want want more general knowledge / to make their experience a bit more smooth next time. *There are special tidbits in this series for women, as women can and will have different experiences training Muay Thai in Thailand compared to men* In Part 1, we will cover the initial steps of planning your trip. This includes all the technical stuff behind your stay, from having a place to stay to making sure you can stay in the country for your amount of time. With this part, the earlier you get everything done, the better. Part 1: Planning Out Your Trip
Whether or not you’re a fan of watching organized sports, how many times have you found yourself cheering for the team that represented your city or state? And during the Olympics, do you cheer for the country you’re from or the other team? Despite many not knowing everything (and some not knowing anything) about a sport or a team’s capabilities, many tend to gravitate to the team they identify with the most. Many want that team to be victorious because collectively, they feel like they’re winning too and are part of the “better” side.
Koh Larn is a beautiful island just off of Pattaya. With minimal time to travel with training and fighting, Koh Larn is an excellent choice as Pattaya is not very far away from Bangkok and is very easy to get to. Pattaya itself is just alright for tourist purposes, in my opinion. Many call Pattaya the Las Vegas of Thailand due to many people making their way here to engage in the sex scene. Like with almost any place, you can find the “bad” stuff if you go looking for it. I’ve seen some nice areas that are quiet and suitable to raise a family, and I have also seen older farang men on the street with girls who look no older than 16. There are also a few good Muay Thai gyms there if you feel like staying a few days to train. Anyway, point is, to get to Koh Larn, you have to make your way to Pattaya first. As with all day trips, the earlier you go, the better, so you can take your time exploring and not have to worry too much about traffic going there.