Summary : Great technical instruction but lacks in many other areas. Good for a training holiday.
Having spent 4 months in Thailand already, I was searching for a new gym to fight out of during my second trip to Thailand. Koh Lanta looked like a pretty cool place to live and I’d heard a few good things about the gym so Lanta Muay Thai was my first stop. They had offered me sponsorship to live, train and fight there for the foreseeable future.
Lanta Muay Thai camp is owned by William A.K.A. Dejpayak who was a student of Sasiprapa gym and an ex-Lumpinee champion. Although you’ll see him holding pads in photos, he rarely trains students. William also owns the Lanta Fitness facility and Williams Thai boxing stadium which are about five minutes down the road. The stadium only hosts fights during high season so you may get a chance to fight there if you visit at the right time of year.
The gym is located on the island of Koh Lanta which is near Phuket. The camp is situated opposite the beach and is in a fairly secluded area. It was low-season when visited and the island (and the gym) was like a ghost town. There were 3 other foreigners training there and 4 trainers taking care of us so we had plenty of one-on-one tuition!
By the way, I apologise for the lack of original photos in this post. I visited this camp before I started the site.
The one thing that sticks out in my mind about Lanta muay Thai is the trainers attention to detail. I’m talking beyond anal here. They completely tore apart my technique. A lot of repetition of basic techniques in shadow boxing and in bag work. The most attention to detail I think I’ve seen at any other gym. In that respect, it’s second-to-none.
However, as with any other muay Thai camp in Thailand, with a positive comes a negative; the gym is extremely “laid back”, shall we say. I think this probably had something to do with the fact that there were so few people training at the time but there just didn’t seem to be any spark about the place. Technique-wise it was fantastic. But fight preparation? Not a chance. Which is why I ended up leaving after about a week.
The other reason I left is that the owner rips off his fighters big time, which is obviously a huge deal when you’re living purely off of your fight purse. My advice would be to give Lanta muay Thai a go if you’re looking to improve your basic technique – they’re excellent at it. However, if you’re looking to fight or just want serious training, go elsewhere. If you want to stay on the islands then I would recommend Wech Pinyo Gym in Koh Samui. Other than that, head to Bangkok.
Floors are matted
Trainers are extremely technical
Your training will be progressed in a logical fashion
Sessions are too laid back
A fighter’s conditioning would be questionable during a prolonged stay
Training schedule is slightly different from most gyms, check the full timetable here
Lanta muay Thai has basic accommodation opposite the gym and a few other options such as bungalows and apartments. The on-camp accommodation looks lovely and clean in the photo, but it didn’t look like that when I went there.
One week: 3,500 baht
One month: 10,000 baht
Two sessions, fan room, breakfast and use of fitness facilities: 6,600 baht per week | 21,600 baht per month
Two sessions, A/C room, breakfast and use of fitness facilities: 8,400 baht per week | 28,800 baht per month
Lanta Muay Thai Gym Address: 245 M.2 T.Saladan, A.Khoa Lanta Krabi 81150
Lanta Muay Thai Map
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