Muay Thai, also known simply as Thai Boxing is a form of kickboxing that became popular in 14th century Thailand. These days, along with the beautiful beaches, incredible culture and infamous nightlight, this high intensity, combat sport is fast becoming the reason to visit Phuket, the biggest of Thailand’s many beautiful islands.

Highly skilled Muay Thai boxers from all over the country now move down south to Phuket, as it is one of Thailand’s biggest tourist destinations, thus giving them access to a huge audience and eager students who they can share their skills with and teach the art to.

At these camps, trainers will help you adopt a training regime to get your body to the highest level of fitness. You’ll be working hard every single day, but all that hard work pays off quickly as it won’t take long to start to condition your body, lose weight and increase your stamina. You can expect to engage in all sorts of activities from jumping rope to running, shadowboxing and daily sparring sessions to practice tactics and strategies.

Unlike conventional boxing, Muay Thai fighters are allowed to clinch and have the additional use of their fists, elbows, knees, and shins – that’s where its nickname, “The ancient art of eight limbs”, came from – during matches. With so many different parts of the body involved, it’s important to keep yourself in good shape if you want to be a successful Muay Thai fighter.

If you’re looking to train with some world-class professionals, then head to Phuket! Here are our recommendations for 3 Kickass Muay Thai Camps in Phuket:

Tiger Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts

Having been there for over 15 years, Tiger Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts is one of the biggest camps on the island. With over 2 acres of land and around 35 coaches there, people come from all over the world to train at this gym.

With so much space, they are also able to separate their beginner students from their advanced, which means you can practice at your own pace. In addition to group lessons at the camp, you can opt for one-on-one private lessons as well.

Location: 7/6 Moo 5 Soi Taled Chalong

Sinbi Muay Thai

Known for its hi-tech equipment, Sinbi this a great one for the modern man (or woman!). Early sessions start at 6:45 am and their selection of teachers are highly experienced – this means you’ll be sure to get proper, high-quality Muay Thai training here. After a long day of training at the camp, you can reward yourself by relaxing at one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, Nai Harn Beach just a few minutes away.

Location: 100/15 Moo 7, Soi Sai Yuan, Rawai

Suwit Muay Thai Camp

Located in Chalong, this camp is also open to the public on a Friday night so after spending the week training, you can either practice your skills in the ring or sit back and pick up some new techniques from watching others fight.

Suwit Muay Thai Camp is a great option if you’re looking to have all the small details sorted out for you as they offer free accommodation to all their students. Classes are held twice a day for all different skill levels.

Location: 15 Moo 1, Chao Fa Road (opposite the Phuket Zoo turnoff), Chalong

Whichever you choose, be prepared to train hard and you’ll soon reap the benefits.