Sinbi, Sumalee Or Sitsongpeenong Phuket And Bangkok Training


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Knockstarbono
Im going to Thailand for the first time at the end of June this year. First I will stay in Bangkok training for 1 week and then I will go to Phuket for 3 weeks training. I have 8 years training Muaythai. I have a team and I'm a fighter too. So I'm looking for advanced training as I want to learn as much as I can and maybe fight.

In Bangkok I'm trying to decide between Keatkhamtorn, Sasiprapa and Kawsamrit. I know all of them are good training camps and I already made contact with all of them but I would like to be not so far from the center of the city as well as recieve good attention and quality training. Any advice?

In Phuket I'm trying to decide between Sinbi, Sumalee or Sitsongpeenong Phuket. From what I have seen they are all good, sitsongpeenong is a bit expensive, sinbi has good reputation and sumalee is good but a bit far apart from places to visit. This is the most important as I wll spend the most part of the trip in Phuket

People who has been in this camps I would really appreciate your help, any advice please.

bumwau
For Phuket, I think it depends on what else you want to do on the island.

Knockstarbono
Hi bumwau, thanks for the answer. I would like to go to some beaches in my resting days and maybe one night out but training is my priority. Any advice?

bumwau
I've only been to Sumalee. Good gym. But you'll need to ride/drive into a beach but it is away from touristy areas so for me helped so much with training as I tend to be impulsive with having fun. However, on both my trips, there was always a group of people keen to party on saturday night (No training sunday) so we all took a Van in. Between like 10 people it was nothing. Same goes with Naka night market on weekends.

But if you want to be next door to a beach then I can't advise you. If I personally couldn't go to sumalee for some bizarre reason, I guess my choice would be singpatong because my Thai trainer here in melbourne recommends singpatong.

Knockstarbono
I have also heard singpatong has high level training and they push you hard during training but I guess you would have to stay in patong and I have been told its impossible to be calm there. What I like about Sumalee apart from training is that the rooms look really comfortable, they have an onsite restaurant and pool. Sumalee or Sinbi are starting to sound good for me. Im between those two. Thank you very much.

Badman22
ive done sinbi and sumalee, didn't get to sitsongpeenong .......however ur right their pricey compared to sinbi and sumalee however they have some really top knotch fighters their and tim the owner is a champ . But out of sinbi and sumalee I would go sinbi 100% get private sessions with Bin or Ant or Pot ....good technicians

Knockstarbono
Thanks Badman. Sitsongpeenong is still an option. Between Sinbi and Sitsongpeenong?

Badman22
I haven't trained at sitsongpeenong, but I can tell it would be class. their roster is top knotch and all their fighters do well . sinbi is awesome to dude . check it out over sumalee in my opinion in saying that sumalee is good too but I felt like the trainers at sinbi were of a higher level especially the ones I mentioned above .

TomS
All those BKK gyms are pretty touristy. Definitely contain more farang than Thais and you might not get training with the Thais.

If you've only got 4 weeks you'd be much better off staying at one gym. 1 week at a gym won't get you much. Maybe you'll get a designated pad holder by the end of the week and start clicking a bit and then you'll leave and go somewhere else where you get told different advice.

I'd spend the 4 weeks in BKK for the better training, and pick a gym with less foreigners. Most Western countries have better beaches than Phuket's salty and grubby beaches but there isn't a Western gym out there that can compare to a decent BKK one.

Knockstarbono
If I decide go to Sinbi I will try to get those private sessions. Thanks for the reccomendation.

Knockstarbono
Hi TomS, which gyms in bkk would you reccomend me to go? I get what you are saying and you are right. The thing is this trip was planned to be just in Phuket but I didnt want to leave without training some days in bkk.

TomS
Right now, I couldn't say. There are some glowing reviews on here but everyone's got different opinions on what they like. I prefer a gym with minimal farang, located central-ish, that is timing and technical focussed in pad work with larger Thais for me to clinch with daily. Last time I went to BKK the gym just didn't hit that for me.

Someone else may have totally different requirements. While I've read some reviews that would want me to try out some other gyms in BKK, until I actually try them and say yes for myself I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending them to others.

If your trip was to do Phuket then I reckon go with that location for the whole time. A friend of mine in Aussie with 8 or so fights went to Sitsongpeenong for a month in January and really liked it. Not sure if that helps as he would have been a wide eyed first timer to Thailand, but he's a decent enough fighter and I did note some improvement in his timing and rhythm when sparring and clinching with him thereafter.

Since then a muay Thai gym in NZ has paid for Pettawee from Sitsongpeenong, so he's no longer a trainer there.

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