Originating from early Siamese army battlefield techniques, modern-day Muay Thai (Thai boxing) has evolved into a bona fide sport in its own right, attracting thousands of international students, many of whom end up on Koh Tao.
Traditionally, it was a male-only sport, but nowadays, female trainees and fighters are steadily increasing in number. Muay Thai on Koh Tao attracts plenty of students of box sexes, with backgrounds ranging from complete beginner to seasoned pro. Whatever your level, signing up for Muay Thai classes on Koh Tao is a great way to stay fit and keep the daily Thai and sunset beer guilt at bay!
There is a mix of outdoor and air-conditioned Muay Thai gyms on Koh Tao with plenty of kickboxing bags for practice and all the protective padding and gloves you’ll need to learn safely. Muay Thai is a high-impact, high-energy sport like no other. So if you’ve never tried it before, it’s usually best to take a trial session first to see if you like it. If you do, then signing up for a group class or a package of private lessons is the best way to hone your skills and advance your technique. Monthly deals are available for those on longer-term stays.
Learn the ancient art of Muay Thai on Koh Tao.
If you don’t think getting actively involved in Muay Thai on Koh Tao is for you, but you’re still interested in watching and learning more about this historical sport, then you can attend a fight night instead. There’s a Muay Thai fight in Sairee at one of the bigger training facilities once every two to four weeks. The atmosphere on a fight night is pretty electric, so it’s almost impossible not to get swept up in the moment and cheer along with the crowd. The evening normally starts with junior and lightweight matches and moves up through the ranks to professional-level fighters as the night progresses.
Muay Thai boxing nights are always a crowd pleaser.