#2 YOUR ITINERARY, LENGTH OF STAY, AND LOCATION
Your purpose of travel, length of stay, and address in Thailand will determine the Muay Thai gym you can go to… obviously.
Purpose of Travel (and Length of Stay)
Are you on a short vacation with family, or on a business trip? Either way, you have little opportunity to train due to time constraints and clashes in itinerary. You’d be lucky to get a few days of training in. And, this amount of time is not enough to ingrain the basics into a beginner.
But, if you’re there for months, or even years, you get the time to progress into the higher khans (grades) of Muay Thai training. You may even get involved in amateur ring fights.
Regardless, having a tiny taste of Muay Thai in Thailand is better than nothing.
Who You’re Travelling With
Are you travelling with a group of Muay Thai friends, or are you with family who are less active (but want to try out Muay Thai)?
If you’re going to organize a group visit, you need to consider the overall ability of the group before picking a facility to train at. And, if you have kids with you, you need to check if the gym you’re going to has a good program for kids.
Distance from your lodgings to your desired gym
Staying in Bangkok’s city center limits you to training at mostly recreational gyms (for wealthier locals or tourists). Unless you’re able to contend with the insane traffic, stay close to the Muay Thai gym you’re training at.
While it’s not that bad if you’re only going for a one-time visit, imagine being stuck in traffic daily if you’re training for weeks. The traffic peak times lasts especially long in Bangkok.
Trust me. You’re going to curse at the traffic if you have to get to your Muay Thai camp twice each day for training.
So, make sure your travel arrangements considers these factors. If you can’t change your arrangements, lower your training expectations.