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Where to Train Muay Thai in Thailand: Bangkok vs Phuket

Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is practiced all over the world. The country is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with more than 30 million visitors in 2016 alone. With the increasing popularity of martial arts and the growing trend of muay thai as a fitness training, more and more people are traveling to Thailand just to train Thai martial arts. There are hundreds and hundreds of Muay Thai gyms all over Thailand. It is easy to find in every province and every city. While most gyms trained exclusively Thai fighters in the past, more and more of them are opening up to foreigners for obvious financial gain. These days there are gyms that forego training Thai fighters to cater exclusively to foreign clientele.

Some camps continue to persevere in the old ways, maintaining a focus on training Thai fighters for the elite stadium fighting circuit. There are also those that strike a delicate balance between the two and tend to be the best gyms to train in. With so many gyms to choose from, the general consensus has decided that Bangkok and Phuket are the 2 most popular destinations for Muay Thai training. Both places have their pros and cons, and this article compares them to find out which is better for the perfect Muay Thai training vacation.


Thailand’s capital receives about two-thirds of the country’s visitors each year. Being a major entry point with the efficient Suvarnabhumi International Airport, many of these visitors end up exiting the city across the plains to the northern reaches of Chiang Mai or by domestic flight to the many idyllic beaches. However, as a major gateway that is also known for its many world-famous landmarks and exciting nightlife, almost every visitor ends up exploring the city at some point. As the muay thai capital of the world, it is a dream destination for fighters everywhere to compete. Many foreigners come here just to train, but there are just as many whose main goal is to see the city, training Muay Thai on the side just for the experience.


  • Here are the best muay thai camps in the country.
  • Easy accessibility. Getting around the city has never been easier thanks to an efficient sky train and subway network.
  • For the best Muay Thai fights IN THE WORLD, Bangkok is the right place. This is where the best Thai fighters from around the country gather to compete in top stadiums such as Lumpinee and Rajadamnern.
  • Diverse and world-famous attractions from gorgeous temples to frenetic markets.
  • Unrivaled shopping.
  • The best street food in the world. Period.


  • Overcrowded. The city can seem overwhelming during rush hour.
  • Contaminated. The city is known for its notorious traffic jams, especially in the city center.
  • Fun. With so much fun and action, it can be easy to get off the rails and get distracted from training.


Nestled in the Andaman Sea is the rainforest and mountain island of Phuket, the largest of the many beaches in Thailand. The island is peppered with picturesque beaches decorated with swaying coconut trees, for which Thailand is famous. Although the once blissful beaches are now overrun with tourists during peak season. Due to its long-standing popularity among tourists, muay thai camps on the island cater almost exclusively to tourist crowds, casual muay thai practitioners and only a small group of full-time Thai fighters.


  • Lots and lots of Muay Thai gyms to choose from.
  • Beaches. Complement your grueling muay thai training with a round in the sun for the perfect bronze beach vacation.
  • There is no language barrier. English is spoken everywhere here.
  • Picturesque views and fresh air.


  • Scams, scams, hassle.
  • Tourist trap with tourist prices.
  • Overcrowded with tourists.


For those who want to sunbathe on the beach and get a bronze tan, Phuket is the obvious choice. But for authentic Muay Thai training and all, Bangkok is the epicenter of the sport and truly the place to be. As the Muay Thai capital of the world, Bangkok easily wins. The city also represents the best of the country with its residents coming from all over Thailand to ply their trade. It’s a foodie’s paradise, has world-class attractions, hosts the best Muay Thai fights in the world every day, and most importantly, it’s home to the best camps in Thailand. Bangkok is the perfect destination for everyone: for those who come just to train or those who come to see the sights.

YOKKAO training center in Bangkok

YOKKAO Training Center Bangkok is located in the heart of the capital’s most popular Sukhumvit district. The area is known for the best shopping in the country, the best restaurants, the best nightlife, and also the best Muay Thai gym in downtown Bangkok, YOKKAO. YOKKAO is home to world champions and Muay Thai legends including Pakorn, Singdam, Manachai and Saenchai. It is a true martial arts camp with a balanced focus on creating the best muay thai fighters and offers authentic training for its visitors. In many Thai gyms in the capital, the focus is often on their homegrown Thai fighters.

Even if they accept foreigners who come to train, they usually don’t get much attention. This is certainly not the case at YOKKAO. The center employs the best trainers in the industry, such as Kru Manop and Kru Petchdam, both of whom oversee the training of the YOKKAO Fight Team. At the same time, they invest the time to ensure that everyone who comes in thrives in their training here. Fighters are also often seen going around to give advice. It’s a camp like no other. There are very few fight camps in Bangkok that can claim to be as accommodating as YOKKAO.

The training center caters for all levels as well as intimate 1-on-1 private training with all of its champion fighters. Located just a 5-minute walk from the Sky Train station, it’s the most convenient place in town to drop by for a session of world-class, authentic Muay Thai training. To become the best, train with the best. Book your training or drop by and experience the best muay thai training experience in Bangkok.


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