Tiger Muaythai Experience
I recently returned from easily the greatest experience in my life to date. 2017 was emotionally taxing to say the least so I decided to take a personal retreat to Thailand on my own to kind of clear my mind and figure myself out. What better way is there to clear your mind than to do Muaythai, get tattoos and hit the beach in your free time for a month?
Tiger Muaythai is located in Chalong, Phuket and is one of many training facilities that make up this health conscious strip. The strip is littered with hotels and resorts, pharmacies, supplement stores, tattoo parlours, massage and nail spas, convenient stores, bike rental stalls, restaurants and laundromats that compliment the healthy lifestyle and training facilities. The atmosphere is electric in its own way. People are either coming or going to training, eating, getting tattoos or doing beach runs on 50cc Honda Metropolitans in 28 degree and 70% humidity weather.
Obviously it being my first trip to this sort of destination, I did not know what to expect but I now come bearing gifts of advice on how to do it in the best way possible for the best rates possible. What you will need to worry about on this trip after booking your flights is accommodation, paying for the classes you decide to attend, food, occasional massage and nail treatments, supplements, tattoos (if you’re into that), bike rental (if you plan on exploring Phuket) and maybe the pharmacy should you come down with something.
I booked my flights independently and purchased an all-inclusive package that covered basic accommodation, access to every and any class and a meal card through Tiger Muaythai, however I would do it differently next time, heres how:
I would stay at the same accommodation second time around. It is by no means the penthouse suite at the Four Seasons but it fulfills it's purpose. It has a comfortable bed, hot shower, fridge, aircon, regular cleaning service and WiFi and you’re good to go, I promise you. The monthly rate for the place I stayed at, Baan Tonnam Place, is 16,000THB (R6,400). If you’re not one for skimping out on accommodation, the Anchanlina Hotel would be my recommendation at a monthly rate of 28,000THB (R11,200) for a superior room or 30,000THB (R12,000) for a deluxe room.
As I mentioned above, I opted for an all-inclusive package because I didn’t know what to expect so I didn’t want to worry about accommodation, food and the classes. I wanted to be as organised as possible. However, I would do the food situation differently. The meal card at Tiger provides for 12,000THB (R4800) worth of meals for a month. That’s 3000THB (R1200) spent a week and 430THB (R172) a day. Here’s where it gets tricky; if you’re training 2-3 times a day you need to be constantly fueling your body so one could easily eat between 4-6 times a day (small meals). The average meal at Tiger is 300THB (R120), so even if you’re training once a day and eating 3 times a day, you’re burning through 900THB (R360) a day on your meal card. At 900THB (R360) spend a day, you’ll be out of money on your meal card in two weeks.
What I would recommend is not buying the meal card at Tiger and rather spend your money eating elsewhere. The meal card ties you down to only the food at Tiger. I found out (late) that I could eat 4-6 times a day at an average spend of 150THB (R60) per meal [600THB-900THB (R240-R360) spend a day] at Tony’s Restaurant and Ali’s BBQ and trust me the food is healthy and tastes great! Also, opting out of the meal card gives you the freedom to try other restaurants on the strip.
The martial arts classes available at Tiger are Muay Thai, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Western Boxing, Muay Boran, Krabi-Krabong, Kickboxing and MMA. Fear not, you’ll be classed according to your skill-set between beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Martial arts classes run from 8am - 8pm. If martial arts isn’t your cup of tea, then there is a wide variety of strength and conditioning classes including Yoga, CrossFit and a normal weight room. It is completely up to you on how you package your training schedule. I would recommend purchasing the all-inclusive package because then you have the freedom to attend any class and chances are you will want to try something you have never done before.
In closing I would like two offer two more suggestions. The first being packing relatively light. As mentioned above, the strip is littered with laundromats that are incredibly cheap and handle your clothes with care. If you hand in your clothes in the morning, they will return in the afternoon on the same day. The second suggestion would be to go to this strip strong and on form already. Do not make the mistake of trying to get fit there, you will get left behind.