Sumalee Boxing Gym And Questions About Phuket


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BrokenRhythm
My partner and I will be heading to Sumalee Boxing Gym early in December (Next Wednesday) and it will be our first time training in Thailand. Is anyone training at Sumalee currently? It seems that several of the old trainers have recently left and I'm curious as to how that has changed the dynamic of the training.

Also, does anyone have any recommendations as far as where to eat and buy gear nearby and outside the gym? The gym does have a restaurant and a gear shop, but I want to take a look at some other places too.

Elby
Only one trainer has left (Oron)
The gym will run as good as before.
Many places to eat around the area and look up Fightlab for shops in Rawai & Chalong

BrokenRhythm
It's very disappointing to see that Oron has left, I was very keen to train with him!
Thanks for the advice!

bumwau
Hey BrokenRhythm! I was recently there between 08-22nov. It was my second time there.

I was initially disappointed to know that oron had left as I had gotten to know him from my last visit and was hoping to do more clinching with him since that's his thing.

In terms of training, the trainer that I was hoping to train with the most was Lambang. Lambang is a gun. The guy is so technical. However he is back in Ubon to be with family as I understand.

However, since Oron left a few new trainers have come to Sumalee: Tuy and Nat. Jacky, Cartoon and Nin still remain. Jacky and Cartoon are boxers. Nin is an elbow specialist. Nat has good wai khru if you're interested in that. But in terms of technical training, Tuy is really good! I was glad he was there because it's like he is replacing Lambang. He picks up on the smallest things. Simon terms of training you'll be fine.

If you want to eat outside of the gym then just do the following (walking directions)

1) walk out of gym and up to road. Turn right and walk by the temple and keep walking
2) the first restaurant will be past a tyre store/mechanic with massive roller doors. It has a big white sign in front that lights up
3) the second restaurant is a few houses down from the white sign one. It has a blue sign saying EST and has a orange cat (liken garfield) sleeping around.
4) keeping walking past the EST restaurant to the roundabout/heroines monument.
4a) Turn left. During the day there are a few places opened including fried chicken stalls. It's a relevantly long stretch. There are stalls opened all the way to the big Supercheap store just past the small Bridge. There are like 10 convenience stores in a stretch less than 1km. At night, a lot more street vendors open on the left side. On the left side is also this korean style BBQ buffet with hotpot. On the right side, there is this nice issan bbq which has brown wooden decor. Get the pork neck bbq and tom yum goong/gai nam sai. Nam sai style is really nice !
4b) from heroines monument, go straight instead of left. However stay on left side of road. Walk past the tesco, 7-11 and market. You'll see a greenish restaurant with stools.

All these places I've mentioned have English menus. But the English spoken is very limited.

As Ely said, fight lab stores. There are other stores but those two would be the best. But I'm. From. Australia so . still prefer to order online as the range is better and shipping isn't too costly.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Btw it was a pleasure to.meet you Elby:)

bumwau
I should that after morning training, a local guy comes to the gym with coconut. He sells.small bags of coconut juice for 10 baht, a whole one for 20 and also makes these coconut jelly puddings. Between 930-1030, an old lady has a stand in front of the gym selling som tum and grilled chicken pieces and skewers for 20-30baht. Sticky rice servings are 5 baht. She also makes a chicken salad with the grilled chicken: Yum gai sep. Since its just near and spices and herbs, tell her to add the papaya for. Some extra veg. Finally, from heroines monument, turn left and go past the bridge/big supercheap. You'll eventually see a small cafe called "Until...today" with black and red signage on the right side in between some other shops of a recently built building. OK club sandwich, nice little bakery selection and very nice grapes.

BrokenRhythm
Thanks so much Bumwau, that was a very helpful response!
It's good to know that the training hasn't suffered in Oron's absence, and it's also very good to know that Nin is an elbow specialist, I'm still recovering from a nasty knee injury and can only really kick on my left leg, so I imagine I'll be training plenty of elbows.
I am very enthusiastic about baked goods and grapes, so we will be definitely be checking out that Until Today store.
As far as gear shops, I am really only interested in picking up excessive quantities of obnoxious Thai shorts. But if the range/price is the same/better online I might just stick to ebay.
Is there anywhere nearby that we can hire some bicycles to get around/to town on?

damien026
sumalee rents bikes and bicycles, on the main road you can rent bikes aswell, in patong are a few nice shops to buy some gear, the nearest beach is a 10 minute drive with the bike, in amphoe thalang are enough good restaurants, expecially around the round aboud, to patong you will need around a 30 minute drive with the bike, and when you know oron you can always visiting him he still lives in the same street

SmokeClouds
What happened with Oron? Will he be training at another gym or something? I really like his style and was hoping to learn from him...

Elby
Did we meet bumwau?

bumwau
We didn't talk but our eyes crossed :)))

Elby
You should of come said hello then

bumwau
I didn't know it was you until you left haha. I was like who is this guy with tatts at the gym.

rarave82
Elby,

Are you at Sumalee as western boxing coach?

Elby
No mate, back in the sunny UK
Done very little coaching this year due to baby coming, visa applications ect :)

BrokenRhythm
Hello everyone, thanks for your input so far :)

This is BrokenRhythms partner posting. We have been here two days so far and the training is great, nice to have a pool as well.

Still trying to get our bearings on where we are though, and neither of us are confident in riding a scooter/motorbike so we are trying to work out how to go about making day trips to the beaches etc or even just up the road to Central - it's pretty far to walk.

Do you guys have any ideas besides motorbike or taxi? Was looking at the blue buses online but have no idea how to work out where or when they stop in Thalang!

Thanks everyone,

Jess

damien026
near the round about is a place you can jump in the buss, (2 white walls with a blue roof ) I guess the times are written in Thai , so ask jacky or riah if they can translate it for you guys

bumwau
Near roundabout you can also find the guys in yellow vest for motorbike taxi. Cheaper.

Glad you're enjoying the place !

I want some of that is an BBQ now..

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