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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.

Traditions

  • Similar to martial arts, Muay Thai’s rich tradition and philosophy dates back to the 16th century.
  • Central to its ethos, 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.
  • 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 two gyms at the moment, Soeren Tor Chairat and Wan Rung.

Hourly classes are 500bt for group sessions or 1,500bt for private 1 on 1. Weekly and monthly courses are also available at around 3,000bt to 10, 000bt respectively. Novices are especially welcome.

Koh Chang also hosts fight nights and tournaments every Wednesday (4 fights, 700bt, kids 1/2 price) and Saturday (6 fights, 900bt, kids 1/2 price) at 20.00 during the season (November to April) in the small stadium at the northern end of Klong Prao Beach – head to the night market area with Zhong Zhi Pad Pad restaurant at the other end. Check for details at Koh Chang Muay Thai Facebook Group Page or Koh Chang Fight (082 570 2391 or 099 643 1169)


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Soeren Tor Chairat Koh Chang

Klong Prao – 065 946 9171

New in 2024, Soeren runs the small gym at the start of the small road leading down to Santhiya Tree Resort in Klong Prao Beach. Open from 8.00 to 10.00 or 16.00 to 18.00.

  • Per Person: 500bt for 2 hours for group sessions, 1,500bt for private, weekly and monthly available too.

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Wan Rung Muay Thai Gym

Kai Bae – 090 731 2872

Located in Kai Bae at at the end of the food court street which runs down from Morgans, this club is run by Saeng. With intensive training on offer for allcomers, it specialises in monthly courses. Open from 8.00 to 10.00 or 16.00 to 18.00.

  • Per Person: 500bt for group session (2 hours) or 1,500bt for 1 on 1 private (2 hours), prices for longer courses on application, possible residential courses too.

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