Summary : Not a fighters gym, but great for recreational purposes. Friendly staff.
While I was training in Keatkhamtorn gym, I was on the lookout for my next gym. The girl in the noodle joint next to the gym gave me a couple of tips (I like to use varied sources of info), one of them was Khongsittha muay Thai. I must admit, I’d never heard of this gym before but it wasn’t too far from where I was stationed so I headed on over. As I walked into the open-air facility, I was greeted by an old friend and trainer from Lion muay Thai in Phuket. He’s a good guy and a great trainer so I was delighted when he said he could train me for the day.
What I also learned during this meeting with “Noo” is that Khongsittha muay Thai isn’t a fighters gym, as such, but a “muay Thai school”. Basically, members pay a premium rate to spend a 90-minute one-on-one session with a trainer. Also, 80% of the members here are female. The skill-level among the visitors is generally low, as the gym serves as a recreational training centre, rather than a traditional muay Thai camp in Thailand which trains nak muays to fight. Having said that, since my visit, Khongsittha muay Thai have added a fighters program to their services. I don’t know much about this as I didn’t have the opportunity to take part in it myself so I can’t comment too much.
What I do know is that the trainers here are top notch and they also have some active fighters working here such as “Sueadam”, who fights on the Thai Fight events. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the trainers are below-par just because it is mainly a recreational facility.
When I turned up for my first session, I wrapped my hands for padwork, but before I knew it, a few of the trainers took a great interest in me after my friend told them that I fought on Thai Fight. They did the whole customary Thai person thing of coming over and feeling my muscles! Then Noo asked me if I wanted to clinch, so I agreed and began clinching with one of the Thais. He was quite a bit smaller than me so I put him down a few times. This caught the attention of Sueadam who jumped in the ring and took over where the last Thai left off. Sueadam is a beast! He is a lot smaller than me but still gave me a good challenge and took me down a few times.
After clinch work, I wrapped my hands (again) and did my 5 rounds with Noo. It should be noted that if you are taking the recreational training package then you won’t normally get to clinch. This was kind of a one-off but it gave me a good idea of what the fighters package may be like. Whether or not the fighters package could work in a gym like this – I’m undecided. I would have to pay up and take the course to know for sure. However, it’s pretty expensive so I won’t be doing that. There are definitely some good Thai training partners here to help your game but not much in terms of foreigners or full time nak muays. In fact, there were neither when I visited.
As a recreational facility, I couldn’t speak more highly of Khongsittha muay Thai. The owner and staff are all extremely friendly and welcoming and will take care of you during your stay. If you’re looking for a muay Thai camp which is non-intimidating with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere then I definitely recommend a trip to Khongsittha. If you have read some of my other muay Thai camp reviews, you’ll notice that I get annoyed when visiting “muay Thai schools” in Thailand. Not because they don’t serve a purpose, because they do. But because all of the previous gyms I have visited have advertised themselves as something else. That really grinds my gears. Khongsittha does exactly what it says on the tin. It serves a specific purpose – and it does it rather well.
As for the fighters package, I’m not sure it would be worth paying that amount of money when there are better options around Bangkok. If you are looking for a hardcore fighters gym then you should probably look elsewhere, or if you do decide to take up the fighters program, let me know how you found it.
Thanks to everyone at Khongsittha muay Thai for a great session.
No full-time fighters
Fighter package is questionable
Sueadam (Black Tiger)
Note: Sessions last for 90 minutes, turn up within these times to get a slot.
I didn’t get chance to look at the accommodation options. Have a gander at their website for more details.
One session: men – 450 baht | women and children – 400 baht
10 sessions: men – 4,000 baht | women and children – 3,500 baht
20 sessions: men – 7,000 baht | women and children – 6,000 baht
One month: men – 6,000 baht | women and children – 5,000 baht
3 months: men – 15,000 baht | women and children – 13,000 baht
Private: 1,000 baht
One session: 550 baht
10 sessions: 4,950 baht
2 sessions + 2 meals + single superior room: 1,800 baht per day | 10,000 baht per week | 32,000 baht per month
2 sessions + 2 meals + double superior room: 3,000 baht per day | 17,000 baht per week | 56,000 baht per month
2 sessions + 2 meals + single suite room: 2,500 baht per day | 13,500 baht per week | 42,000 baht per month
2 sessions + 2 meals + double suite room: 4,200 baht per day | 22,000 baht per week | 70,000 baht per month
khongsittha Muay Thai Address: 3/42 Moo 3 Sukhonthasawat Road, Ladphrao, Bangkok 10230
khongsittha Muay Thai Map
Phone:02 932 9911 | 0912290088 | 0878009456
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