Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country’s largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay.
Phuket Province has an area of 576 square kilometres (222 sq mi), somewhat less than that of Singapore, and is the second-smallest province of Thailand. It formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism.
Thailand’s largest island is an international magnet for beach lovers and serious divers, who enthusiastically submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea. Blue lagoons and salmon sunsets make for a dream-like atmosphere, and indeed, a vacation here can feel a bit surreal. Watersports are the most popular activities, though once you’ve had enough sun there’s still plenty to explore at the island’s aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples.
But we are going to be talking about phuket island for muay thai training. As good as every other tourism activities taking place here, nothing is as fulfilling and physically demanding as muay thai training. The art of eight limbs is more art than that of skinny dipping.
Muay Thai training camps in Phuket are rumoured by many to be the best in Thailand. One can expect almost spa-like facilities in camp, offering everything from yoga to colonics, to dining and accommodation. Some even claim the ability to help customers kick any habit or addiction, in addition to their ring opponent. One well known camp, Suwit Muay Thai Camp on Phuket’s southern tip in Rawai, even plans to add Thai cooking classes to its already impressive menu of services on offer.
Most interested people usually want to learn Muay Thai for fitness and self defence, not in-the-ring glory. The shortest course is usually about a week; however the ideal length of stay to be training in Thailand is one to three months
You should be reasonably fit before starting camp. A day usually starts at 07:30 with morning road work of up to one hour, followed by sparring and training. Then it’s another hour of weight training, yoga and stretching. After a mid-day siesta, it’s back to the gym at 15:00 for another two or three more hours of training in the tropical heat. The body literally sheds kilos of weight trying to keep up with the rigorous activity levels.
Many of Phuket’s Muay Thai camps such as www.suwitmuaythai.com are within a kilometer from the Andaman Sea, and it’s not unusual to see self-defence classes and training sessions on the beach.