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Hi.

My girlfriend and I are travelling to Bangkok next month for training for one month.

We've both fought here in the UK but it's our first time travelling and training in Thailand. We're planning to go to try out Sitsongpeenong in Bangkok. We got a generally good vibe from them when chatting with them about training there. The only downside is that on gym accommodation is very pricey considering we want to share a room together as they charge us both each. We didn't feel like we wanted that either as it ties into staying at the gym if we didn't like it.

Can anyone recommend any fair priced hotels that are close to the gym? (walking distance is preferable, but not essential if easy to reach by other modes of transport).

Also if anyone has any experiences of training there we would love to hear of them!

Its worth noting that we haven't committed to any money to the gym so we welcome recommendations and suggestions about any other gyms also. We did have Sasiprapa under consideration also.

Thanks.

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I've just started training at Sitsongpeenong and did my second session there today. I can't recommend any individual hotels, but if you don't get one within walking distance, the only way to get there would be by taxi/motorbike, because it's quite out of the city. It is directly opposite a really nice big park, Suan Luang Rama 9, so if you search for any hotels near there, you should be fine. The fighters run about 10k in that park before training in the mornings.

I like the training there so far. It's all a lot more organised than what I'm used to, and they alternate sparring and clinching days. So on Monday you'll do padwork and clinching, but on Tuesday you'll spar and then do some padwork afterwards. On both days, everyone switches partners after every round. Conditioning is done as a group at the end, which on both of the sessions I've done included kicks, knees and teeps on the bag followed by shadow boxing with weights, pull ups, push ups, ab work and then stretching. Everyone seems very friendly and the Thais seem to train at the same time as the foreigners, which I know doesn't happen in some gyms. As you said, it is a bit pricey, so I won't be able to train there long-term, but It's nice for now.

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Hello!  

I trained at Sitsongpeenong BKK for 1 month!  I really enjoyed it.  Everyone was super friendly & the facility was very clean.  My room was cleaned each afternoon, so when I came back after training my 2nd session of the day I had a clean room & clean sheets. The food was Okay.  The only downfall was it was practically the same everyday... Fried egg, curry w/ veggies & white rice in the AM (breakfast) and Chicken or pork curry w veggies, white rice & watermelon for dinner :)  Always the same.... 

The trainers seemed to give attention to the foreigners & depending on someone's skill level adjusted their intensity.  I was fortunate to be allowed to spar & clinch the thai boys.  Seems they were pretty picky with who they let spar their young thai boys.  

I enjoyed the scheduled training as Emma stated above.  I've some gyms just let you hit a bag.  They have a structure to their schedule so I knew what to expect on which day.  

Overall I really enjoyed my stay there & I am going back in a few months for my honeymoon.  There is a hotel/apartments nearby in walking distance.  I will be looking into this place: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pattara+Apartment/@13.6829375,100.6700045,17.17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x2d4c7119ace7fef!8m2!3d13.6821029!4d100.6708138

 

I hope this helps.... 

Kate

 

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Yesterday I attended a seminar with a guy who's been a contracted fighter for half a year since January at this gym!! :D (He's also a Polish MT Champion among other titles :D)

I asked him a little bit about the Thailand experience and from what I heard it's what everyone was saying above: clean, good vibe, hard training. He was in the fighters group, so he had to train with the Thai guys. 

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Yesterday I attended a seminar with a guy who's been a contracted fighter for half a year since January at this gym!! :D (He's also a Polish MT Champion among other titles :D)

I asked him a little bit about the Thailand experience and from what I heard it's what everyone was saying above: clean, good vibe, hard training. He was in the fighters group, so he had to train with the Thai guys. 

If you're not a fighter are you in a different group? Kate and Emma are both fighters so I'm just curious if their experience is similar to your friend's but if someone is not a fighter perhaps there is a separate training group in that case.

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Thanks for your feedback everyone. Seems like the camp is pretty bang on then by the sounds of it. So we will definitely give it a look in if we can find somewhere reasonable. We're both fighters as already stated so for our benefit the fighters sessions sound like they will do the job, especially with us intending to take more fights when we get back. Might even have a blast our there yet, who knows? :)

Pretty wary of getting apartments due to paying deposits and attempted scams that I've heard horror stories about. Last one I looked at wanted two months deposit upfront. Seems its our first time travelling to Thailand we are understandably being cautious about our money.

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If you're not a fighter are you in a different group? Kate and Emma are both fighters so I'm just curious if their experience is similar to your friend's but if someone is not a fighter perhaps there is a separate training group in that case.

I'm sorry, I don't know for sure. In "fighter" I meant a fighter sponsored by the gym. I didn't get the details if it's like a different group, it sounded like they train at the same time as everyone else, but spar among themselves. He also said something along the lines that when he was there before getting the sponsorship, it was up to the trainer to decide if he can spar with some of the gym's fighters.

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