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Muay Thai on Koh Chang – Gyms, Classes and Courses

Muay Thai is one of Thailand’s most popular combat sports, with local and national fights drawing large audiences either to the live venues themselves or to the weekly televised bouts.

Globally, the sport has grown immensely over the last decade, with people drawn both to the combat elements and just as importantly, the high fitness levels it brings once you practice regularly. MMA, in particular, use Muay Thai as an integral part of its training regimes.

How The Sport Works

Unlike kick boxing, which uses punches and kicks, Muay Thai also allows contact with fists, forearms, elbows, knees, shins and feet as well as grappling and clinching.

Contests are over 5 three minute rounds, with victory either by a knock-out or a technical knock-out when the referee deems one fighter unable to continue. Each round is also scored up to 10, so enabling a winner to be declared if both fighters remain standing at the end of the contest.


In many ways similar to martial arts, Muay Thai has a rich tradition and philosophy dating back to the 16th century. Mind, body and spirit must be harnessed as one if a fighter is to reach the top levels. Before all bouts, each fighter will don a Mongkol, a sort of sacred headband and then during the contest itself, they will wear a charm or an inscribed cloth around the upper arm or waist.

Muay Thai Gyms on Koh Chang

Koh Chang now has three gyms, Sakaran Smile, PP Wanrung and the original Koh Chang Thai Boxing Camp.

Hourly or weekly classes range from around 500bt up to 3,500bt. Monthly courses are priced at 10,000bt, with food and board available as add-ons. Novices are especially welcome.

Koh Chang also hosts frequent tournaments during the year – check here for details at Koh Chang Muay Thai Facebook Group Page. They are normally held in Sabay Bar in White Sand Beach.

gym sakaran smile club muay thai koh chang

Sakaran Smile Koh Chang

Klong Prao

At the start of the small road leading down to Santhiya Tree Resort, small club run by experienced Thai trainor. Open from 8.00 to 11.00 or 15.00 to 21.00.

  • Per Person: 500bt/hour, 3,000bt/week.

boxing ring pp wanrung koh chang muay thai

PP Wanrung Muay Thai Gym

Kai Bae

Located at at the end of the food court street which runs down from Morgans, this club is run by owner of Coral Resort.. With intensive training on offer for allcomers, it specialises in monthly courses. Open from 7.00 to 12.00 or 15.00 to 19.00.

  • Per Person: 500bt/day, 3,000bt/week, 30,000bt/month (with food and board)

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Koh Chang Thai Boxing Club

Bailan Beach

The orginal boxing club on the island, this gym is owned by a friendly Russian guy, with Thai trainers. Anything from beginner to advanced in pro-fighter, women self-defence, children welcome. Open from 8.00 to 10.00 or 16.00 to 20.00. ***Closed due to pandemic but likely to re-open***

  • Per Person: 600bt/day, 3,500bt/week

gym hassanai smile club muay thai koh chang

Hassanai Smile Koh Chang

Chai Chet – CLOSED

***CLOSED***Next door to Koh Chang Rescue at the northern end of Chai Chet Beach, small friendly club, run by experienced Thai trainor. Open from 8.00 to 11.00 or 15.00 to 21.00.***CLOSED***

  • Per Person: 500bt/hour, 3,000bt/week.

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