Summary : A nice area but essentially a tourist camp.
Lion Muay Thai camp is a modern facility based in a small town in Phuket called Rawai, just a stone’s throw away from Sinbi Muay Thai and a few minutes drive from Bangrajun Muay Thai. This gym’s management changes more times than a chameleon changes its colours but is now run by two guys from England and the US.
I ended up being sponsored here for around 10 weeks and had 6 fights for the gym. Actually, I had a couple of stints here; the first was supposed to be for a sponsorship but after a couple of weeks of sampling the “training” I binned it off and left for a gym in Koh Samui. The owner then convinced me to go back for a second time a few weeks later, promising me that the training was better. It was still shit.
Lion Muay Thai is actually a nice facility, it’s a layed out a little strange but there’s adequate space and a lot of bags (maybe 15-20) around the outside of the training area. When I was there, they had these awful carpets on the floors instead of mats. Hopefully they have replaced them since I was there.
The training here was relaxed to say the least. The morning session was scheduled to start at 8am but the trainers usually rolled in at 8:15. We began with 3 rounds of shadow boxing; a little instruction on technique was given but once you’d been there for the week the trainers stopped helping you out so much.
The trainers gave us 3 rounds of boxing only focus mitt work in the morning. That was followed by a few rounds of bag work and a static stretching routine to end the session.
Afternoons were a little more work but, basically, it was an uphill struggle the whole time I was here. Due to the fact that I had left my last gym that I was sponsored at, getting free accommodation, free training and free food, I was more than a little pissed off that the training was so bad.
The trainers constantly tried to get away with giving the fighters in the gym 3×3 minute runds which isn’t nearly enough so I was constantly talking with the owner about the situation. It was exhausting.
There was no clinching at Lion Muay Thai. Straight up, no clinching. I had to beg and plead to get some, and when did, I just got to train with some of the trainers who just fell over and laid on the floor after about 5 minutes and said they were tired.
Sparring would take place a couple of times a week on average. I should have mentioned earlier that there were no Thai fighters in the gym. Lion Muay Thai is purely a tourist camp, despite the fact that they sponsor a large number of foreign fighters. I say that because they don’t train like fighters, they train like its a fitness camp. That, coupled with the fact that there’s no Thais there, makes it a tourist camp in my book.
You just can’t cater for both; you’re either a tourist camp or a fighters camp. So many gyms in Thailand try to do both, but they all fail.
Training partners are mainly tourists
Trainers have limited English skills
No Thai fighters
Has a holiday/fitness camp feel
Western boxing 18:00-19:00 (Monday-Friday)
All bungalows are air conditioned, en suite rooms with refrigerator, flat-screen TV and free WiFi. Small, but pretty nice. Of course, being a sponsored fighter here, I didn’t get those rooms. I paid 2,000 baht a month for a wooden shack on the side of the gym. Amazing.
One session: 300 baht
Two sessions: 600 baht
One week: 3,000 baht
One month: 10,000 baht
One session: 300 baht
One week: 1,500 baht
One month: 5,500 baht
See the website for fitness boot camp and yoga prices.
VIP Bungalows + Training: Daily: 1,500 baht/Weekly: 9,000 baht/Monthly: 28,000 baht
Deluxe Bungalows + Training: Daily: 1,500 baht/Weekly: 8,000 baht/Monthly: 26,000 baht
Budget Fan Room: Daily: 850 baht/Weekly: 6,000 baht/ Monthly: 17,000 baht
Shared Fan Room: Daily: 700 baht/Weekly: 500 baht/Monthly: 15000 baht
Lion Muay Thai is located in the relatively quiet area of Rawai. It gets a lot more visitors than it used to so it’s not quite as peaceful as it once was but when you compare it to a neighbouring town like Patong it’s still pretty tranquil.
All of your major conveniences are on your doorstep here such as hairdressers, 7/11, Tesco Lotus, restaurants and enough pharmacies to last you a lifetime. Rawai is about a 20-minute bike ride from Patong and 10 minutes from Chalong.
It’s not a bad place for food expense here; if you eat out at a restaurant it will probably cost you around 40 baht per meal but you may need two of those Thai-size dishes so I’ll say 80 baht per meal and 20 baht for a water.
Looking back, the area was probably the best thig about the gym. Rawai is a really nice area is you can manage to stee clear of the muay Thai douchebags in the area. Driving around these roads on your 125cc is pretty cool!
Lion Muay Thai Camp Address: 81/49 Sai Yuan Road, Soi Samakee 2 , Moo 7, Thailand
Lion Muay Thai Map
Phone: +66 (0)851861330
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