If you are looking to step out of your comfort zone and experience a fitness style getaway, then Tiger Muay Thai & MMA is the place to do it! This was my second time training at Tiger (as it’s affectionately known). So I knew what I was getting myself into when I jumped at the chance to go again for 2 weeks with friends!
Tiger is Thailand’s largest Muay Thai training camp. It is located in Phuket, in the southern district of Chalong and is situated along the famous Soi Ta-ied Road, amongst other Muay Thai & Fitness Training Camps.
You find all sorts of people training at Tiger, from professional fighters to complete beginners. Some are there just passing through for a few days and then you meet others who commit for 3 months or more! Everyone’s goals are different too. From learning new fighting techniques, getting fit, losing weight, to just simply having a fun active holiday. And more often than not, most end up extending their stay. It’s a place where you can go by yourself or with a group of friends. Females do tend to be the minority here, but not once did I ever feel intimidated!
The Tiger complex consists of several outdoor Muay Thai & Crossfit training areas, an air-conditioned indoor Weight Training Room & MMA Training area, a store supplying Tiger branded gear & apparel, a health focused restaurant called Tiger Grill and on site fighter accommodation.
Classes & Training Packages
The focus at Tiger is Muay Thai, however there is also a variety of other Martial Arts including Krabi Krabong, Muay Boran, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. There is also Western Style Boxing & Kickboxing, Strength & Conditioning Classes, Crossfit and Yoga. With the Muay Thai, you will start off in the beginner class and progress from there depending on your experience.
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You have the choice of single classes, weekly, monthly & 3 month packages. You can also choose what type of training you would like to focus on and personal training sessions are available too. I chose the All Inclusive Weekly Training Pack for 4,400 THB (approx. 130 USD) as I planned to train 3 to 4 times a day in a variety of classes.
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Muay Thai Boxing Gear
At the Tiger Store you have the option to rent or buy your equipment. I brought my own gloves, hand wraps and shin guards with me. The gloves I use are 10oz Hayabusa boxing gloves and I can’t recommend them enough. They give great wrist support and are really comfortable. Also, try to get good quality hand wraps. I have had both good and bad ones, and good ones do make all the difference. And don’t worry if you have no idea on how to put them on, the trainers wrap your hands for you before each Muay Thai class!
Where To Stay
The accommodation at Tiger is simple, clean and convenient; however I feel it’s suited for people who want to be on location to train all day – everyday. It is located next to where all the classes are held so don’t expect any peace or quiet during your stay! Therefore, I would highly recommend staying at one of the many other accommodations along the street. The two that I have found the best are Cocoville and Signature , both are 3 star and a convenient 15min walk from Tiger. Cocoville is where I stayed on this visit and they have a great restaurant with a healthy menu and the staff are really lovely. The villas are also set back from the street (behind Signature) so it’s very quiet. If you are here to train everyday, it’s essential to stay along Soi Ta-ied Road. Most of the accommodation along the street isn’t fancy so you will need to leave any 5 star mentality back at home! But trust me, you want to be close by to make the most of your time here.
Where To Eat
It is so important to eat well to fuel your training sessions. Where I ate at most often was the restaurant at Cocoville, a vegan café called Pure Vegan Heaven and The Grill restaurant at Tiger. There are also many other places along the street to try and almost every place you walk past have protein shakes on their menu! I noticed much of the protein powders are whey, except for Pure Vegan Heaven. If you are like me and cannot have whey, I would suggest bringing your own vegan protein and asking them to use that instead with a non dairy milk like coconut or even water. The lovely ladies at Cocoville were doing this for me every morning.
Usually considered a treat back home, I found a daily massage a necessity after training 4 hours a day! There are several massage places dotted along the street. My favorite is Sabai Sabai, which is a convenient 10 minute walk from Cocoville. Every massage I had there was excellent and so incredibly cheap! Expect to pay 400 THB (approx. 10 USD) for an hour-long full body oil massage. Click here for location.
When To Go
High season in Phuket is from November to February; the weather during this time is cooler, dry and has less humidity. Monsoon season begins mid-May and goes on till October. I visited in June and I have to admit the humidity and heat was intense. It did take me 2 or 3 days to adjust as you are training outside, but once I got though that I was fine. I have to admit I have never sweated so much in my life! So it is very important to remember to drink enough fluids (drinking at least 3 liters of mineral water with electrolytes saved me. Do not drink the Reverse Osmosis water brands as majority of minerals have been removed) The benefit of going during Monsoon Season is that Tiger won’t be as busy and accommodation along the street is easier to get into. The good places to stay do fill up fast so make sure to book your accommodation in advance if possible.
What to bring
Below I have created a suggested packing list. As mentioned before the store at Tiger is also well stocked with equipment, in case you want to stock up there when you arrive. Getting laundry done is also very quick and easy; however I have included how many sets of clothes etc. of what you should bring as a guideline. (While working out 3 – 4 times a day, I realized I didn’t have enough!)
- Boxing gloves
- Boxing hand wraps x 4
- Shin guards
- Mouth guard (depending on how serious you want to get!)
- Training clothes x 8 sets
- Gym towel x 2
- Yoga mat
- Yoga strap
- Antibacterial wipes (handy to wipe & clean boxing gear)
- Travel foam roller & trigger pressure point ball
- Trainers (socks x 6 pairs)
- Flip flops/havaianas
- Gym bag
- Fitbit or other tracker (having this was awesome motivation)
- Cap & Sunglasses
- Non training clothes (just keep it simple)
- Bikinis & sarong
- Good book to read during downtime
- Earplugs & eyeshades
- Hair shampoo & conditioner
- Hair mask (put one in, train & sweat throughout the day and have soft beautiful hair after you wash it out at night!)
- Usual face care
- Mosquito spray
- Colloidal silver spray (antibacterial spray to use on skin rashes/ cuts etc. Tiger stocks this in their store)
- Arnica cream (for bruises, you won’t leave Tiger without a few!)
- Magnesium oil spray (great to rub into sore muscles)
- Protein powder & shaker
- Protein bars
- Multi – vitamin (I use a brand called oxylent when I travel)
- Probiotic (essential when traveling to foreign countries)
- Magnesium capsules (I take at night for a better sleep)
- Hydration tablets/powder (I use the brand Gu)
I hope this information is helpful and if anyone has any other tips to share, please make sure to add them to the comment section below. I really loved my time training at Tiger and I hope this motivates you to go! It is so important in life to challenge yourself and push your boundaries. You might be surprised of what you are actually capable of accomplishing – physically and mentally!
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