Well, I’m finally making my exodus from the commie PRC. It has been far too long. However, before I return to the Land of the Free, I will be visiting–and training in–the Land of a Thousand Smiles…Thailand!
I’ve always been a wrestler with very little striking experience, so I figure that it would be a great opportunity for me to begin my foray into the world of striking alongside the founders of the discipline. Also I am in the worst shape of my life thanks to my year long stay in China with oily food and terrible workout facilities, and this would be a great jump start by into fitness.
This is part bragging…yes–you should envy me. But also I would like to know if anyone else has done something like this and how I can get the most out of it.
Right now I’ve been looking at a few gyms. I’m planning on staying in Phuket because it’s quiet, beautiful, and I don’t want to backtrack since I’m flying out of Bangkok, so here are the places I’ve been looking at. If you have a better suggestion let me know.
I’m looking for low-expense (I’m a poor overseas English teacher, so I’m not paid much), and high quality. I want this to be a good experience, so I’m willing to shell out some cash for a better place if it is actually going to be better.
Right now I’m waffling between bestmuaythai and mmaphucket. Both are cheaper than the first. bestmuaythai seems like it is very authentic Thai (complete with broken English on its website), which I can see as a pro and a con–pro because it will feel more real, con because it might not really be very serious and not actually help me improve. mmamuaythai has a very well put together website–almost too good. However, the prices are very reasonable, and it seems like what I am looking for…except that it seems to lack that real, authentic Thai feel, which is kind of the point of training in Thailand.
What do you guys think?