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Hey guys, first post here
I will be in Bangkok for a month in mid December, and I'm looking to attend a serious gym to train all day every day.
I'm a 6'1" 70kg 22 year old guy with decent experience in Muay Thai and I'm looking for suggestions on gyms in Bangkok that have:

  •  A serious and strict training regimen with an active Thai fighter roster whose statures and physiques are on the heavier side around my weight of 70 kg.
  • Emphasis on practical training practices such as clinching and sparring rather than pad work. Muay Khao gyms definitely interest me as clinching is not taught well where I'm from, but not a must. 
  • A gym that can book me a fight
  • Language barrier is not an issue as I can speak a little bit of Thai. I would rather have difficulty communicating rather than being in a commercialized gym whose Thai fighter are separated from the tourists.

I have done a little bit of research and it seems like Kem's gym is an option. Any other gyms you guys think will suit me?
Much appreciated.

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I'd look into Yodwicha's gym in Bangkok. He's fighting in Paris on Dec. 5th, but if he doesn't have any seminars lined up for after he should be back at the gym by the time you arrive. Contact his wife through their gym page to make sure he'd be there first; it's not the same experience when he's not there (still good, but for you I'd recommend going when he's there.)


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1 minute ago, Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu said:

I'd look into Yodwicha's gym in Bangkok. He's fighting in Paris on Dec. 5th, but if he doesn't have any seminars lined up for after he should be back at the gym by the time you arrive. Contact his wife through their gym page to make sure he'd be there first; it's not the same experience when he's not there (still good, but for you I'd recommend going when he's there.)


Thanks Sylvie! I just subscribed to your Patreon and I'm watching all the privates you have had with high profile trainers. They are amazing!
I'm thinking of looking at elite competition in Thailand such as Lumpinee and see who the top fighters in the 130-150 lbs divisions are and which gyms they train at. 
A camp like Kem is really tempting but the fact that it's in a rural setting 2-3 hours outside of Bangkok is the biggest issue I have, because I want to be able to travel around Bangkok as well.
Yodwicha sounds like a really good suggestion, I'll definitely look into it!

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I would strongly suggest PK Saenchai. 

I trained there for two weeks in 2019 and it's high level alright and I don't think there are many gyms with that many thai elite fighters. There are a few foreigners fighting out of the gym to. They'll book you fight if you asked. Training is VERY hard and serious. But of course, the downside is they put a lof of focuse on the ones that have fights coming up in the next few weeks. 

But that said, I really loved it. You get to spar and clinch with current champions. They also will do like little session where one of the top fighter will teach a specific technic he specialize in. Like Tawanchai did one on his famous teeps. Dieselnoi sometimes go to help as well as Saenchai will drop in once in a while. The atmosphere is great. I've been in quite a few gym and I never saw any gym where everyone was training as hard. 

I would say the only down side is that the level is so high, this gym is what I would call a tweaking fighter gym rather than a building fighter gym. They basically buy fighter that other gym trained and tweak certain things. So the teaching can sometime lack technical tips. But if you're good at learning by doing and observing, you'll get a lot from it. 

I don't remember the price but it was a bit on the upper hand. On the other hand, they rent scooters are a ridiculous price. They are quick to respond on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym


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