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I don’t have personal experience with that region, but my GoogleFu turned up Pajonpai and Gumpun gyms. Try checking into those gyms for more info. Kem Muay Thai gym is halfway between Khon Kaen and Bangkok if you want a bigger name gym and aren’t married to a particular location.

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Hi, sorry, I know this is an old topic - but after being on a search for a gym in Khon Kaen myself. 

The two that I have personally tried is Naya Parkview ค่ายมวยนาย่าปาร์ควิว and Uncle Tien at Columbo gym, they are both located near the back of Khon Kaen University.

Naya Parkview; is named after the hotel its located inside of, the owner of the hotel created a little gym there and its been sending fighters to Max, Lumpinee, Omnoi and other big stadiums. 

Costs varies as they first said to me foreigners is 300 a day/9000 a month then literally seconds after said they will reduce it to 4500 if I paid for the whole month - though daily would still be 300. For Thai's it is 100 a day/3000 a month.

The cool thing about this is you can arrange to train at any time of the day as it is 1-1 sessions. I don't know if they let foreigners join the group training but that is done at 4pm-ish. 

 

Uncle Tien: This is not a Muay Thai camp, it is an ex-fighter from the golden age who teaches Muay Thai after finishing a days work. There is a small space in the gym with 3 bags and he will hold pads for you for 5 rounds. He is a very kind man, super technical and has a lot of experience in both teaching and fighting. 

Costs: 2000 a month for training, available everyday from around 5pm to 8pm. You also have to pay the gym fees which are 40baht/daily or 850 monthly, if you only want to do Muay Thai then the gym fees are 500 monthly - but I think its worth paying the extra 350baht as you get access to all the equipment at any time the gym is open. Total cost would be around 2500 or 2850, depending upon what you choose. 

 

Location wise Naya Parkview requires a 5 minute drive down a dirt road, surrounded by nature and countryside, whereas Columbo gym is just a gym behind some university apartment buildings.

Facilities Naya has a lot more bags, a ring and skipping ropes, Columbo has all the gym'my equipment - treadmills, weights, bicycles and loads of other stuff that I'm not sure about because I don't use.

Teaching wise, they both have a lot of experience fighting and very good at teaching, will correct you often and show you how to do it. Can't go wrong with either.

Costs, of course going with Uncle Tien is cheaper but they are both very cheap compared to other gyms in Thailand and the west. One thing I will say is though the trainer(s) at Naya are kind and will treat you nicely, the head of the gym may try to milk you a bit for money.

 

Personally I chose to go with Uncle Tien as I'm a poor student and I felt a bit uncomfortable how the head of the Naya gym spoke to me about money - but I really liked the trainer P'Juy who took me for food and to his house afterwards. 

 

Links:

Naya Parkview - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100021770283076

Uncle Tien - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017685281214

 

(Sorry I'm really bad at writing reviews, so I'm sorry if it was a hard read. I love to blabber.)

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