The quality of muay Thai training in Thailand varies a great deal from place to place, and so do the dynamics of the muay Thai gyms. Although Bangkok isn’t my favourite place to live in Thailand, it is my favourite place to train so I thought I would dedicate a post counting down the 5 best muay Thai gyms there. Well, they’re what I think are the best 5 gyms anyway.
The main reason I prefer Bangkok gyms to gyms in most other locations in Thailand is the caliber of training partners you find there. The foreigners that visit these gyms tend to take their training a little more seriously than say, down south in places like Phuket or Koh Samui. The Thais living at these camps are also usually of a much higher level than anywhere else.
There ARE good muay Thai gyms down south, and there is certainly good training to be had there, but I’m just talking generally here.
All gyms in the list now have a star rating based on certain attributes of training and living quality to make it easier to decide whether that gym is for you or not. Just click into the post by clicking “full article” to read the full gym review and watch the training montage video. Enjoy.
The 5 Best Muay Thai Gyms in Bangkok
#1 F.A. Group Muay Thai Gym
F.A. Group muay Thai camp is situated in Chatuchak near the Mo Chit BTS and MRT stations. A gym with good quality Thai and foreign fighters for the intermediate/advanced student’s requirements. All Thais fight at a high level in Bangkok stadiums and most of the westerners are of a decent standard too. Clinching is a main focal point of this camp. Beginners won’t have the skills to train with the other fighters in the gym and may get overlooked. [Full Article]
#2 Meenayothin Muay Thai Gym
Meenayothin is situated on the new premises on Kasetsart University and has to be one of the biggest muay Thai gyms in Thailand in terms of square footage. It is home to around 15-20 good Thai fighters at any one time and an increasing amount of foreign visitors. Meenayothin excels in the fighter department but lacks in other areas such as flooring and hygiene. Aikpracha and Wunheng train and live here full time. [Full Article]
#3 Sasiprapa Muay Thai Gym
Sasiprapa is a well established camp located in Bang Kapi. This place has a reputation for churning out champions and is one of Thailand’s longest running muay Thai gyms. The technical instruction here is very thorough, which isn’t so common in Bangkok gyms. I do feel that there are too few Thais here to train with though, which lets it down a little. [Full Article]
#4 Keatkhamtorn Muay Thai Gym
Keatkhamtorn Gym is another well-established gym which has been in operation for over 30 years. Its location in the quiet area of Khannayao is one of the nicer areas that I’ve trained in, in Bangkok. The gym has produced numerous champions down the years and good training can still be had here, but it seems to has passed its peak. [Full Article]
#5 Khongsittha Muay Thai Gym
Khongsittha is part of the “new wave” of muay Thai gyms in Bangkok aimed at the recreational practitioner, rather than the fighter. These gyms don’t train up young nak muays to fight for the gym, rather they cater for more wealthy Thais and foreign visitors. Khongsittha is a great facility and actually has some great trainers on its books. [Full Article]Follow MuayThaiScholar