While lazing on beaches and spending long nights partying may be on the agenda for a lot people when visiting Phuket, others might want to undertake a complete fitness overhaul while traveling to this southern Thai paradise. Luckily, for those who want to keep fit while abroad, Phuket offers a range of activities and every type of fitness lover is well catered for. Whether you want to learn the Thai craft of Muay Thai, attend a restorative yoga retreat or challenge yourself to a full boot camp, Phuket has something for you.
Gyms and Classes
If you just want to continue your regular workout regime during your vacation, you may want to hit up some of Phuket’s gyms. There are many centers to choose from in Phuket, from stand-alone gyms to hotel spa resorts. Choose from daily, weekly or monthly passes to suit your availability. Phuket Gym Patong is open daily and offers English-speaking trainers and classes. There is also a sauna on-site to help soothe your muscles after a hard session. Clubs such as RPM Health Club and Tailife Health and Fitness also offer juice bars, steam rooms, and entertainment systems to add to your experience.
Swimming and Scuba Diving
While most people simply go for a dip to cool off when staying in Phuket, swimming and scuba diving can be great options to stay fit abroad. When you’ve got your mask on and you’re enjoying the colorful wonders of the underwater world, you’ll forget about time and unknowingly exercise for longer than you think. Carrying all your scuba gear and concentrating on the movements under the water can also take up a surprising amount of energy!
If you’re a real fitness lover, chances are you’ll want to try your hand at the ancient tradition of Muay Thai. This national boxing style is a physically demanding sport that can get you shredded and in-shape in no time! Choose one of Phuket’s Muay Thai boxing camps to learn the ropes while staying in some stunning natural locations. Both private and group sessions are available, with most classes being held in English. If you feel ready, step into the ring at the end of your stay to show off your new moves. There are plenty of boxing matches going on every night in Phuket so you can head out to watch the professionals at work.
Phuket has become a popular destination for boot camps where guests can combine high-intensity workouts with detox cleanses and some all-important beach relaxation. The specialized camps host private and group sessions with indoor and outdoor gyms, beach runs, obstacle courses and nutrition plans. Many of the boot camps here, such as Titans and Thanyapura’s Boot Camp, claim huge body transformations that can be seen on their blogs. While working out in the Thai heat will certainly be a challenge, you’re sure to have an experience of a lifetime!
For a slightly more relaxing approach, opt for one of Phuket’s yoga retreats or simply head along to one of the town’s many yoga studios that hold daily classes. The open-sided Sumalee Yoga Shala is a lovely peaceful spot to practice while Mindbody Yoga’s Kim White teaches a range of styles including Vinyasa, Hatha and aerial yoga. You can even enjoy a Bikram yoga class held by none other than Bikram Choudhury himself, the founder of this form of yogic training.
This fitness lover’s guide to Phuket should give you an insight into a handful of activities that are available on this southern Thai island but if you stay and explore, you’re sure to find many more pursuits that will get your heart racing!
Let us know if you take part in any of the fitness camps in Phuket or whether you have any other favorites.