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Muay Thai: the cultural battle
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Muay Thai: the cultural battle

 

Besides Samui's chill beaches, Muay Thai offers a dose of adrenaline that gives you another memorable experience of Thailand.

Muay Thai or Thai Kick Boxing is considered a martial art for self-defense as well as one of the most lethal sports on earth. The boxing match consists of a maximum of five rounds, each last three minutes with a two-minute break in between. As it is a far cry from the western style boxing, its subtle fascination attracts visitor to watch or get a glimpse of Muay Thai training.

When combining the training with other excursions, a Muay Thai trip can be a unique experience in the Samui Island. It is astonishing to discover that Samui, Surat Thani Province's famous island, can offer Muay Thai experience.

 Lamai Muay Thai Camp is the Island’s oldest traditional Muay Thai camp. Situated on a peaceful corner overlooking Lamai Beach, the camp offers training for beginners, advanced and professional fighters. Equipped with English speaking staff and different packages to meet various requirements, the camp has become a top destination.  Lamai Muay Thai Camp comes with facilities includes western style café, spacious gym, and onsite outlets of Fairtex & MTG gears.

Sour Jitphakdee, one of the oldest camps as well, is hidden in a quiet pocket at a little walk from the noisy main road. The camp owner is a well-honored member of the Muay Thai community. He speaks fluent English and holds a long record of fighting and training on the highest standard.

Even though you have a limited time, anyhow, getting to watch a Muay Thai match should be on your to-do list. The Petch Buncha Stadium has up to 8 Muay Thai matches every Wednesday and Saturday. It is not just the fight but going to the stadium allow you to intimately observe the local culture.

How to get there: Koh Samui is 474 miles south of Bangkok. Bangkok Airways operates daily flights between Koh Samui and major urban centers. Visit www.bangkokair.com.