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Sumalee Boxing Gym's yoga studio provides a tranquil setting for yoga practice on the tropical island of Phuket. This retreat is for beginner's to intermediate level yoga practitioners and focuses on the Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles. The retreat is all inclusive with a specially prepared Yogic Menu. There is the opportunity to combine your practice with learning the basics of Muay Thai at no extra charge. The resort has superb facilities including a weights studio, swimming pool and restaurant. The accommodation is of a high standard.
Anyone over the age of 18 years are welcome as participants.
Participating children under the ages of 17 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
Sumalee Boxing Gym Muay Thai accommodation has fifteen rooms on-site. Seven of these are deluxe superior kingsize, and four are deluxe twin shared rooms. The rooms are set well away from the training area and experience little noise interruption during the daytime or at night. Guests can enjoy scenic views of the landscape surrounding the camp and have immediate access to the swimming pool and sun terrace.
Students looking for a little luxury may wish to consider the Sumalee suites. These four upgraded rooms are are also on-site, but set apart from the rest of the camp, allowing guests more privacy and space. Set on stilts in natural marshland, the suites provide unique and breathtaking views of the surrounding area and indigenous wildlife.
This retreat will take place in Sumalee Boxing Gym located in Phuket, Thailand. The camp sits in a beautiful countryside, within an old banana and coconut plantation. Much of the immediate area remains undeveloped to provide an unspoiled and serene backdrop to the retreat. It is extremely peaceful at the resort. Everything is within easy access including Phuket International Airport, many beautiful beaches, the famous Laguna area with its upmarket restaurants and shops, Central Festival Shopping Mall, Patong with its nightlife and Phuket town with its beautiful historic quarter.
The days starts with early morning meditation, yoga practice and Muay Thai (optional). Breakfast will be served in the Ringside Restaurant. Additional daily yoga classes can be added on request. Muay Thai is available again during the afternoon. Detox juice and fruit is available during the day. The evening meal is served in the Ringside Restaurant enjoying a sunset and pool view.
There will be two yoga sessions in this retreat along with two daily group training sessions and three private sessions. For centuries the practice of yoga has been used to develop physical, mental, and spiritual health. Sumalee Boxing Gym have found that the benefits of yoga compliment Muay Thai training program perfectly. Yoga can be used to increase:
Please book your flight to arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT).
Sumalee Boxing Gym is about 20 to 30 minutes drive from the airport and should cost no more than 600 to 700 THB by taxi. The local licensed taxi services are safe and reliable. You should always use a licensed taxi which can be recognized by their green number plates.
Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. The weather is almost always 30 degrees Celsius or above during the day, dropping to around 24 degrees Celsius in the evenings. Humidity is also extremely high so light clothing made with natural fabrics is the most comfortable for day-to-day activities.
The dry season, from November to April, is perfect for sightseeing, hitting the beach, and island hopping. Expect strong sunshine and scarce rainfall. The wet season, from May to October, is popular with students who want to focus primarily on training. Sunshine is still a given, though the climate is generally cooler. Be prepared for heavy showers and thunderstorms.
Thailand is an exciting destination to visit all year round and Phuket hosts a wide range of attractions and events. For consistently clear weather, visit in the dry season, but be prepared for more tourist activity and party goers.
The absolute essentials are loose fitting shorts, hand wraps, and boxing gloves. If you intend to run before training, then you will need running shoes too. Sumale Boxing Gym stocks a full range of Muay Thai clothing and equipment in their on-site shop.
Citizens from most countries will be able to obtain a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in the Kingdom of Thailand. You need to check first if your country is one of those whose citizens are eligible for this visa. For longer stays, please contact your local Thai embassy for more information, or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
If you will spend most of your time at the retreat, additional costs will be minimal.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Sumalee Boxing Gym, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Excursions can be added on request including sight-seeing, island hopping, beach visits, shopping etc. Excursions will incur an extra charge.
Breakfast and dinner is provided every day except Sundays (except by arrangement). The retreat offers a Yogic Menu and the details of this can be provided on request. A daily detox juice and fruit delivered to the room is provided every day.
Massage is available at an extra charge.
There are many things to do close by. Within walking distance there are many temples and shrines, the Royal Phuket Marina, Phuket Boat Lagoon, Anthem Wake Park, National Museum of Phuket, a golf driving range and the Royal Gems Pavilion. Slightly further afield there are many famous marinas ad beaches. Cape Yamu with its stunning views over Phang Nga Bay is within the vicinity. There are islands to visit including and the opportunity to visit including Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yai Noi. Other places nearby are Laguna Phuket with the thriving Boat Avenue, Bang Tao beach (where you can take horse rides along the beach), Surin beach (well-known for surfing), Bang Pae waterfall, the gibbon rehabilitation project, elephant camp, and Phuket Town. Other places worth visiting include Patong, known for its lively nightlife. If you're a kite surfing or wind surfing enthusiast, Nai Yang beach is within easy driving distance. Sirinath National Park, Splash Jungle Waterpark, and Khao Lak are all within range. In the immediate vicinity of the gym, there are many local Thai restaurants and bars offering extremely good value for money.
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"For the past few years I've been trying to visit as much of Thailand as possible,for culture, the food & the lovely people but mainly because muay thai is my passion in life. I've been lucky enough to train in many different gyms, some good & some not so good. This year after visiting a gym in koh samui I wasn't really a fan of I moved to phuket where I found sumalee boxing gym.What can I say, from the moment I stepped through the gates I immediately felt more welcome than I have felt anywhere in a long time. I was greeted by the owner/manager Lynne, A friendly & engaging lady who didn't just take my money & show me to my accommodation, she took the time to get to know me & what I was hoping to get from my visit. Sumalee is the only place I have ever trained that has genuinely struck the perfect balance between traditional thai training & western standard facilities, The training team are so friendly & make you feel welcome as soon as you step on the mat, They can judge your level of fitness & skill excellently so that they push hard enough that it's beneficial to your training but not so hard as to make you not enjoy it. Once training is done you can jump in the pool (a novelty I've never seen in a muay thai gym before) to cool down properly, This combined with beautiful location is just what you need to relax after training. Now we get to the my favourite part, The food. The on site restaurant or 'Ringside restaurant' is genuinely astounding. The quality of food is up there with any western restaurant I've been in with an incredibly diverse & menu that offers both traditional Thai food and western favourites, You can clearly tell a lot of thought has gone into producing a healthy, diverse & varied menu combined with friendly staff & seriously cheap prices given the quality of the food on offer.There's also the option of paying for an excellently priced meal plan which gives you 2 meals a day allowing you to choose from pretty much everything on the menu (smoothies, shakes & snacks are extra which is to be expected).The restaurant is personally 1 of my favourite aspects of the gym. Also worth mentioning is the fact they offer yoga, something I've wanted to try for a while but for various reasons haven't found time at home, The classes are so much cheaper than anywhere I've seen at home that I couldn't resist, well worth it from beginner to veteran you'll find it excellent. "
"Anyhow, I feel like I'm rambling a bit but that's only because I can't sing the gym's praises enough, so much so that one of my training partners who comes out here in December has decided to go sumalee as opposed to his usual gym. "
"If you are going to phuket for muay thai seriously consider sumalee. Excellent training,facilities make it seconded to none on phuket, maybe even the whole of Thailand."
"I spent weeks planning for this trip and I must say the whole experience was perfect. Logistic arrangements by Lynne was precise; transport, lodging was all ready for me and my family when I arrived. I was slightly nervous when I went for my 1st session because it's my 1st time training in Thailand, but that quickly went away because the trainers were so friendly (although they all have a real tough guy look)! I was lucky as it was the quiet period for the gym when I visited so sometimes I had 3 trainers watching at my every move. Training was physically demanding but fun. I spent most of my time with Khru Keng and Khru Na, and I was really impressed at their attention to detail, and grateful for their patience to keep repeating themselves due to my poor memory. "
"Everyone else has said this already but I must reiterate - Rhian is an excellent chef. Everything I tried at the restaurant was superlicious."
"I'll be sure to recommend Sumalee to my friends who are thinking of training in Thailand, and I myself will surely visit again."
"I've visited this Gym (for fitness purposes not boxing!) on several occasions and seen it develop from a basic fledgling into the stylish place it is now. So many of these Muay Thai places in Thailand look seedy and run-down but Sumalee is both smart, clean and very attractive. I see they've built a new Yoga Suite there now to expand the healthy activities on offer and it looks magical. Can't wait to return to try it out. I thoroughly recommend this place for all aspiring Muay Thai fighters who'll get really first class tuition from the trainers and others (like me) who are interested more in fitness than fighting!"
"I had the pleasure of staying at Sumalee for two weeks, but at the end of it I was wishing I had booked a month. It is a great gym with trainers and people who genuinely care about you. It has a great trainer to student ratio which is rare based on the reviews of other gyms. I can't wait to come back next year."
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"My experience at Sumalee boxing gym was incredible. This gym attracts hard working, passionate individuals who have no egos. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help each other. The trainers are dedicated and extremely passionate when it comes to training and passing on their knowledge. They want to teach true Muay Thai to whoever is willing to learn."
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"Absolutely amazing. The trainers are fantastic! Talented and hell of a lot of fun. The facility is great and the food is delicious. They quickly become family and they make sure you are looked after. If you want to go on a tour, Sun will hook you up and if you need a driver, ask for John. Two weeks wasn't long enough and I can't wait to go back."
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"Sumalee can't be beat. I've trained at six different Muay Thai gyms and this was easily the best experience I've had so far. The training was brutally awesome. The food was delicious and satisfying. Location was great, accommodation was even better, and the staff are wonderful human beings. See the break down below..."
"Training- The have 6 trainers at Sumalee. Kanchai, Kengkla, Na, Meah, Bank, and Lip. All have their strengths both as teachers and fighters. Kengkla is the most mature of the group and gave me great technical feedback and graciously helped me with my Thai. We were calling each other brother by the end of my one week stay. Kanchai is the champion drill sergeant that will work your butt off. Na is quiet but a great sparring partner. Bank is very sweet and easy to help you learn. Lip focuses more on proper technique and gives great feedback. Meah is the goofball that keeps the gym lighthearted and full of laughter."
"Class is twice a day at 0730-900 and again at 1600-1800. Both classes follow a similar formula with the morning class being slightly less intense. Class starts with 10 minutes of skipping rope, with light conditioning in the middle. Followed by..."
"Pad work (conditioning in between rounds, optional)"
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"Conditioning (Walking knees, push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, squats, punches in the gut)"
"I left every class exhausted, sweaty, and smiling."
"Sumalee caters to all levels of experience-whether you have a substantial background in Muay Thai or martial art, or none at all. You will learn a great deal. You will sweat. You will be pushed. All of the trainers are engaged and passionate about their sport. They will push you to work harder every class, but understand that you know your body best. I sprained my foot while I was there and had to take a day off. When I came back to class, I had to lay off my dominant foot but class was still enjoyable and rewarding."
"Accommodation- Sumalee has a few different options for on-site accommodation. My girlfriend joined me for the first few days and we stayed in one of the suites. It had everything we needed. A spacious studio with a comfortable queen size bed located at the back of the property. It was very quiet and we slept great. Some other amenities include a pull out futon, small dining table with two chairs, kitchen with microwave, large refrigerator and freezer, toaster, and a blender so you can make smoothies and protein shakes. Shower and bathroom were great with plenty of hot water but I found myself taking more cold showers than anything."
"Location- The gym is located in a residential area right next to beautiful Chinese temple. It's about 30 minutes from the airport. You are far enough away from town to really focus on training yet still close enough to hop on a motorbike if you're interested in exploring. I rented a scooter for 1500baht for one week. The gym is close by a waterfall, a few markets, within driving distance to a few beaches, and in between town and the airport. I found it to be a great spot to escape the tourist trap that can be Phuket. Sunn is the guardian angle of the gym and will help you with anything and everything you need. Gunn is a Thai/English filmmaker and photographer that you can hire to capture your adventure at Sumalee."
"Facilities- The reception/pro-shop and the weight room are at the forefront of the property, right when you pull up. The weight room has a squat rack, flat bench, dumbbells, and enough plates to accommodate a serious body builder. They also have two exercise bikes, kettle bells, resistance bands, TRX, and stability balls. I used the weight room every other day. It was a great supplement to the Muay Thai training."
"Class takes place just beyond the office. There are about a dozen heavy bags. Two full-size rings. The floors are padded and absorb impact well with plenty of room. They have plenty of Thai pads, shin guards, gloves, and jump ropes. I would recommend bringing your own equipment but they didn't have a problem lending me shin guards when I needed them. You can also buy what you need from the pro shop albeit pricey."
"They also have a small pool, big enough for laps if you're looking to change up your workout. Next to the Ringside Restaurant is a pool table. You can also do your laundry on site which is a huge plus, and they provide drying racks for your clothes."
"Yoga- They recently built a beautiful open air yoga shala on site. My girlfriend and I did a demo class and I taught two classes during my stay there, one during a pretty heavy rain storm. The interior of the shala is lined with fans which helps cool you down. It's a beautiful space but I found myself practicing yoga in the weight room because of the bugs. Mosquito netting might be a great way to encourage people to practice in the shala."
"Food- The Ringside Restaurant is flippin' awesome. Neng and Rhian are the two on-staff chefs and they both did an incredible job. You can pay ala carte or opt for one of the two meal plan options. Both are very reasonably priced. They even have a Fighters Menu that helps you fuel up before and after the Muay Thai sessions. The portions are huge and the food was delicious- a perfect mix of western, Thai, and healthy food options. Fresh juices, smoothies, and coconuts are all available. Giant omelettes. Protein pancakes with fresh berries. Chicken burger with beets! I miss the food...."
"My only suggestion would be more green foods although they have broccoli and kale. Regardless, the Ringside Restaurant served up the healthiest food I've had here in Thailand, I looked forward to every meal, and I was never disappointed. Neng even dropped my food off in my room, wrapped up in plastic whenever I was off site."
"If you are looking for cheaper food options, there is a small place called Mae's under 5 minutes walking distance from the gym. You can get chicken or pork with rice, or pad Thai for 40 baht. And Mae is super super sweet. There is another restaurant down the highway that we ate at our first night that was delicious as well. Fried fish. Curry. Shrimp."
"A big thank you to Lynne for making the entire stay easy and educational. I'll be back."
"Was traveling by myself and wanted to try something different. A complete beginner."
"Had a fantastic time at Sumalee for the 2 weeks I was there. Lynn the host was great from start to finish by taking me through the induction and how it all works. I was made to feel welcome by everyone including the trainers, staff and other customers. "
"Was a little anxious as I had never done any fighting before but the trainers were fantastic with me and really focused on my technique. I signed up to the beginner package which meant I had a few privates and also included yoga and everything you need to get started. . . really recommend it."
"There isnt a great deal around Sumalee so I would suggest getting a bike (which you can hire from Sumalee) as everything is pretty close once your on the bike. Beaches, restaurants and bars."