Sumalee Boxing Gym combines Muay Thai training & yoga with a high standard of facilities, accommodation, catering, and service on the tropical island of Phuket.
Yoga Retreats (4)
Rhian Miller is 25 years old and has been practicing yoga intermittently since she was 19. During a trip to Bali in 2013, Rhian became captivated by the spiritual side of yoga practice. She began to focus more on pranayama (breathing techniques). On returning to Phuket, she started practicing regularly. In August 2016 she completed 200 hours yoga teacher training with WAY Yoga Alliance. Rhian continues learning by attending regular workshops in Phuket and elsewhere in Asia. She also hosts workshops with invited specialists from different yoga disciplines.
Khru Keng is 30 years old and joins the team from the Surin Province in the East of Thailand. He started training at nine years old with friends and has been part of the Muay Thai scene ever since. He also began fighting locally at nine years old before joining Jor. Looksamut Gym in the Samut Prakan province of Bangkok. He is a former Chonburi province Champion, but perhaps his most notable achievement was winning a trophy at the Channel 7 awards for best technique. Keng is best known for his powerful and precise elbows, particularly his back spinning elbow. He speaks basic english.
Khru Nat (fighting name Mongkol Thong) is 29 and from Nong Bua Lamphu in Esaan. He started practicing Muay Thai at nine years of age and had his first fight the year after. His fighting style is Muay Femur with a mixture of Muay Khao. Khru Nat is also well known for his elegant “Wai Khru” and “Ram Muay” and has won an award for the most beautiful Ram Muay in Thailand. Khru Nat has fought in Lumpinee, Omnoi and Rajadamnern Stadiums and has over 200 fights under his belt. He speaks reasonably fluent English and has many years experience as a trainer.
At 23 years old Na is the youngest member of Sumalee's training team. Na is originally from the Nakhon Si Tammarat Province of Thailand and started training at 10 years old at Kiat Wipat Gym before moving to Sit. Sien Buum Gym. He has had many professional fights and describes his fighting and training style as technical, with a big emphasis on knees and kicks. Na has a basic understanding of English and is learning more with every day.
Khru Bank, from Nakhon Si Thammarat, is 24 years old. He began training Muay Thai at 12 at Kiat Wipat Gym with his friend and training partner, Khru Na. He has many fights since then including an appearance at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. He favors a boxing style and is always looking for knockout opportunities during fights.
Khru Sam is originally from Surin and started training at 10 years of age at Por ChedChai Gym under the fighting name “Petchsampran”. He took an interest in Muay Thai from watching his father, who was also a fighter. Khru Sam fought in some of the most high profile stadiums in Thailand including Lumpinee and Omnoi. His fighting style is Muay Kao and has over 90 fights under his belt. Khru Sam has a basic understanding of English.
Khru Rune (fighting name Phetpirune Sumalee) comes from Surin. He started fighting when he was eight years old. He is good friends with Khru Keng. They have both trained together back in Surin. At just 19 years of age, Khru Rune has over 60 fights under his belt with most of his fights ending in a knockout. His style is somewhat similar to Pornsanae Sitmonchai. Khru Rune is still very much an active fighter and will continue to fight locally
from United Kingdom, February 2020
The instructors are excellent & truly dedicated, great environment.
Ralph David G. Jean-pierre
from Canada, July 2018
"it was awesome !!!"
Good people, good food - definitely good training... for sure I will come back !!!
from Thailand, April 2018
"Real(ly) good muay thai camp"
The camp was amazing with really good facilities and services. Muay thai training is top notch, the only burden of your progress is yourself. Trainers are real good characters who are more then happy to pass on their knowledge and skills. Yoga classes are a real fun and perfect compliment to the thai box training.
This camp recommended to people who are interested in learning muay thai and yoga. This place is not those "wellness detox, jump around, do crossfit, hihihaha camp". Expect professionalism.
from Netherlands, February 2018
"3 weeks at Sumalee Boxing Gym"
Going to train in Sumalee for 3 weeks I was jumping into unknown. Being almost 40 years of age and having no previous martial arts experience, I was a bit worried that the idea of going to train in Thailand was a bit too crazy. Now that the 3 weeks have gone by and i am waiting for my flight back home, the feeling of nostalgia is overwhelming. The atmosphere in the gym is uplifting. From my experience, people coming to train are very friendly and respectful regardless of their level. The gym is very well run, the staff are very responsive and professional. Although not all trainers speak English very well, they always find a way to get the point across. And they are just fun to be around! Great bunch of guys. Yeah and the food is great! Overall, I am very happy i chose this particular gym.
from Germany, January 2018
"Yoga and Muay Thai as a perfect combination"
The owners of this gym are definitely business people. But the good kind. They've created a place that is accommodating to all sorts of clients, regardless of their level. Great for beginners and pro's.
I'd say their unique selling point would be the combination of the boxing training with yoga, which is an amazing addition to the packages.
Unfortunately the permanent yoga teacher was on leave for a couple days during my stay, but her substitute teacher was just wonderful. She had the extraordinary skill of making her classes interesting even for the biggest yoga skeptics of the camp, and intelligently tweaked her lessons to the type of stretching our bodies would need after the boxing training.
Another bonus of the yoga package I'd say would be that it attracts a bigger variation of guests. Comparing it to other gyms that cater slightly more to men, here the ratio between men and women was very equal.
A last thing I would say to people considering booking here, you might be slightly put of by the reputation of Phuket being very touristy and even a little trashy, I was, and almost didn't book here. But Sumalee is a little micro cosmos of it's own, situated rather remote from all the party madness of places like Patong, it's heavenly peaceful and doesn't feel too touristic at all.
Though still, if you would want to go on that 1 night crazy bender it's just a cab ride way.
from South Africa, March 2020
"Best place to start learning Muay Thai!"
Friendly staff and trainers. Everyone makes you feel right at home.
from Hong Kong, July 2019
"Excellent instructors, clean accommodation, nice facilities"
Firstly communication with Lynn was very good. She was very prompt and sent me the relevant information about the retreat and how to get there. I stayed in a shared accommodation but because it's low season I had the room to myself! The rooms were cleaned daily (except Sunday) and though it's quite basic it's still comfortable and even includes a mini fridge - I enjoyed the daily servings of fruit to my room.
The muay thai trainers were amazing - funny, friendly, and motivating, which is much needed as you're working hard on your body and mind. As this retreat is more concentrated on muay thai, I wasn't sure what the yoga was going to be like but I was quite impressed by how challenging it was. The teacher had a great style and as there weren't that many people she helped you to adjust.
Overall I had a great time and would recommend this place. Check out their website too for things to do in Phuket and useful info about technique.
from Thailand, June 2019
The level of muay Thai training is excellent . It is done with 5 to 7 trainers at once . They are very routined in understanding your level and make great work outs with very Nice flow which would be impossible to find in europe .
from United Kingdom, April 2019
"Amazing training and good location"
First and foremost the Muay Thai training at Sumalee gym was incredible. The trainers are fantastic and you get loads of 1-1 time with them during the classes.They really take teaching seriously and they won't cut any corners when it comes to teaching you the techniques but they will also make sure the training is fun. They are all super polite and sweet and they will never make you feel awkward about your skill or fitness level. The ratio of teachers-students in the classes is excellent, definitely exceeded my expectations.There is also a nice balance of men and women in the gym which was a pleasant surprise as well. I feel like what I learned in Sumalee in 1 week would have taken me months to learn back home.
The yoga practice is also excellent and it's nice that it's different everyday. The classes are nice and active and you definitely feel like you can progress your yoga practice. I think the classes are also nicely balanced so that beginners don't feel overwhelmed but intermediate people don't feel under-challenged.
If you have a scooter, or any other way to drive around, the location of the gym gives you access to some amazing beaches nearby.
from Croatia, January 2019
"Excellent Experience "
Training, meals, people
from United Kingdom, January 2019
everything was great, the food, the cooks, the cleaners, the accommodation, the training equipment and most of all the trainers.
The guys bushed you to your limits but not over your limit.
There was all levels and they where all catered for.
from Singapore, December 2018
They provide high quality Muay Thai training. The trainers are of high caliber. They push people to do their best but also know how to have fun. They adjust well to different kinds of trainees, may it be a beginner like me or people who have been competing in Muay Thai. You don’t feel it’s a group session because they give you enough attention. Highly recommended and can’t wait to go back!
from Hong Kong, December 2018
"Very catering for beginners "
The instructors were all more than happy to help you improve Muay Thai skills or stamina in group sections. There were tons of them and they all kept an eye out for weaknesses and mistakes at all time, and would friendly approach you and help you perform better proactively, without in any sense appearing to be lazy, condescending, disappointed or impatient. All in good time you would find yourself getting the gist of things. Private lessons were exceptional for new students eager to see major improvement in a short period, and good value for money too.
from Vietnam, August 2018
"Cannot wait to go back!"
The trainers here are absolutely adorable, so are other staff and fellow practitioners. It was definitely the warm and home-like atmosphere that was the biggest plus of this place. Other than that, everything else from food to facilities are of excellent standards too. I first came for yoga and was a total muay thai dummy, but after the experience at Sumalee I have found new love for this fascinating martial art and cannot wait for earliest opportunity to go back for further training. Thank you Sumalee for such a great time that I have with you.
from United Kingdom, June 2018
I had a great time at Summalee. The atmosphere was welcoming and light hearted whilst still allowing for serious training. I took both the Muay Thai and yoga classes and really enjoyed both. I was also happily surprised by the gymnastics equipment that had been recently installed and the opportunity to do calisthenics training. The food is really nice, and there is a pretty good selection of vegan options, which was again a nice surprise!
from United Kingdom, May 2018
"Muay Thai madness "
The experience of training with top level Muay Thai fighters is a once in a life time experience and would highly reccomend it and the camp was fantastic. Great healthy food and top level accommodation.
from United States, April 2018
"I would definitely go back"
This was my first muay thai camp experience but i have to say it was well worth it. For a number of reasons. 1. Compared to other well known camps in phuket i felt this was best for me, as a solo female traveler, because it wasnt overcrowded and the trainers were not all westeners. When i go to thailand i want to learn from thai people ya know. Not saying i knew thats what was at the other camps. And most of all i dont want to be another body in the class. They trained only muay thai and not other mma sports, which was my preference and a plus for me. 2. The location was away from any party scene which means youd have to catch a ride to the beach or to do anything, which is an advantage if you mean to be serious about your training. 3. There was a good vast variety of food that would take a couple weeks to taste everything on the menu honestly, and it was geared towards training. 4. The trainers knew their art and were so pleasant and fun to train with. 5. They had gear if you didnt, not just to buy.
from United States, April 2018
The place is good for yoga and relaxation.
The people I meet in the training camp.
from Australia, April 2018
"I want to go back!"
Having very limited experience and fitness level did not hinder my experience here. I was excited for the opportunity to try something new and left feeling amazing for it.
All the facilities are well cared for and clean.
Service was great!
There was plenty of teachers to trainers ratio. Most teachers don’t speak English fluently so much teaching is done through shadowing. On reflection as a first timer I should have taken up the one on one PT add on to improve my technique. The PT option is additional to the 3.5hr boxing training and 1.5hr yoga per day so if you do choose that a medium to good level of fitness is required to take full advantage.
I appreciated that there were more females than I had expected training here, many other boxing gyms I have been to we’re boys club. Everyone attending the retreat were super friendly and really made my stay memorable.
The chef and food is amazing with plenty of choice. If you’re desperate to try hawker food there’s plenty local options but I didn’t want to risk my health in the short time I was there. Phuket is quite overwhelmed with tourism so I loved that this was quite far away from the hectic Patong zone.
from Hong Kong, March 2018
The staff was welcoming. The instructors are friendly and professional. Food was delicious and healthy. The accommodation was nice and clean. I wished I stayed longer!
from United States, January 2018
"Fun and Fit"
Great place to meet people from around the world, workout, and relax. It's not far from street food and shops and the trainers are nice. I'll definitely be back again.
from United Kingdom, December 2017
"Amazing experience "
The Yoga Shala is beautiful I loved the space! You can practice there when the class isn’t on too. The classes were just the right level and focus to counter the strong Thai boxing practice. Marriage made in heaven. I thought the Yoga would be an afterthought I was pleasantly surprised by the standard. The Thai boxing training was outstanding I thought I was going to find it too hard on the first day, but with all the cardio training your stamina builds really fast. The trainers are always smiling I felt really sad leaving them you become really fond of them since you partner up with each one in rotation. I feel so much stronger and fitter what an amazing experience!
from Cambodia, December 2017
"Yoga and Muay Thai- the perfect combination."
Both the Yoga and the Muay Thai were superb. I would highly recommend the Yoga package. Fantastic team. The trainers were amazing. Beautiful running routes. Great people and the atmosphere was perfect. Excellent value for money!
from Netherlands, May 2019
"Je grens verleggen."
De trainers muay thai zijn allemaal super vriendelijk en passen zich aan aan je niveau. En dat tillen ze in een week gewoon een paar levels hoger. Omgeving is vrouwvriendelijk. Je komt jezelf op een leuke manier tegen en terug in eigenland trots op deze fijne ervaring. Fit en energiek. Secretariaat erg vriendelijk en bij vragen hekelen ze je goed verder. Top ervaring!!
from Australia, February 2019
"Shara Fue mi maestra de yoga improvisada muy buena."
La maestra fue solo para mi. Ya que es un retiro para Muay Thai, la mayoria de los alumnos estan ahi para Muay thai. En particular todos los maestros de Muay Thai son excelentes 100% recomendados. Todos tienes una tecnica diferente la cual recomiendo que tomen clases particulares con ellos, aun que las clases en grupo son casi personalizadas al igual, asi que 4 horas al dia de Muay Thai terminas destruido. Buenisimo sumalee Gym.
from Germany, January 2019
"Ideal zum Entschleunigen und fit werden, gerne wieder"
Das Yogatraining war gut, steht aber bei diesem retreat nicht im Fokus.
Es gibt eine Stunde täglich. Flow yoga, draußen und mit leichter Entspannungsmusik war für mich eine neue aber angenehme Erfahrung.
Hauptsächlich kann man hier sehr gut Muay Thai trainieren. Dei Trainer sind hervorragend und auch ohne Vorkenntnisse wird man exzellent eingewiesen und verliert schnell eventuelle Berührungsängste. Das macht sehr viele Spaß und die Stimmung mit den Trainern allein ist die Reise wert. Einen gemeinsamem Ausflug zu einem Boxkampf in Patong kann ich nur empfehlen. Vorab fragen wann das stattfindet.
Essen und Unterkunft sind gut und vollkommen ausreichend. Ein kleiner Pool zum Erfrischen. 15 min Fußweg zu Geschäften. Viele gute Street food Küchen in 5-10 min.
from Switzerland, June 2018
"Better than expected"
Due to all the good reviews we expected overall a good time at Sumalee. Only hesitation was the location. But that turned out much better then expected. Nearby is pretty much everything you need and renting a scooter gave us the freedom to go anywhere on the island within less than an hour. Very nice beaches are a 15 Min. drive away. Best of all: the whole Bangtao Beach but especially the very north Dream Beach.