Boxing tour

Have you been dreaming about a vacation to Thailand to try real Muay Thai in its homeland? Have you put it off because of apprehension about going to a far off unfamiliar country alone? Or is it the hassles of international travel, language barriers, injury-safety risks or just finding a decent training camp without wasting your time and money?

Our unique guided Muay Thai training service provides the group training experience of a lifetime! Our tours are supervised directly by Kru Chris, a former American fighter, now Instructor with extensive experience living, working, training and boxing in Thailand.

You will be provided with personal security, cultural insight, training equipment selection advice, photos of your experience, translation assistance (English/Thai) and supplemental training tips (there are many things the Thai trainers will not teach Westerners). Also included is, prearranged lodging, training fees and local transportation, scam protection, injury prevention tips and oversight of your training. All the hassles and unknowns are taken care of for you so that first-timers to overseas travel or Thailand can enjoy a safe training vacation worry free! Come join us for an experience and new friends you will always remember!

The Training

Muay Thai enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned Nak Muay, Channarong International Muay Thai Tours gives you the opportunity to train with some of the sport’s top trainers. Over the course of 14 days you’ll explore world class Muay Thai camps around Bangkok. Your guide-coach will help you tap into this unique environment as an insider, leveling the learning curve to allow you to take advantage of the best training in the world. We will ensure that you don’t get the infamous “you go kick bag” training session and a polite “see you next time” on the way out the door. You will get insider tips that will help you get the most out of your training. All of the training sessions involve veteran Muay Thai trainers walking you through the finer points of techniques that are unique to each individual camp. You’ll enjoy personalized training sessions, tailored to your own skill level no matter what that level may be.

Our tour is perfect for anyone looking to experience Muay Thai in Thailand, at a relaxed tempo and get behind-the-scenes knowledge of today’s Muay Thai scene from someone that has lived it. Our tour for those who want to both train and see what Bangkok has to offer, if you’re into training hard or like just taking it slow. Want to meditate in the peace of an 800 year old temple then dive into truly exotic cuisine with the locals, watch Muay Thai fights in the famous stadiums or just want to experience a bit of the famous Thai hospitality, Channarong International Muay Thai Tours is the way to go.

Why Book a “Tour”?

It’s hard to get excited about following someone around on a generic pre-canned tour. You get the same food and boring routine sightseeing that every tourist might receive. That isn’t what we do here. Additionally, it is ill advised to simply hop on a jet and just wing-it in Thailand. You will end up spending lot more time and money than you should with all the local hustles and not get the best training or experience the real Bangkok. Our guides have already been there, done that. We wish someone offered this kind of service when we first started going to Thailand.

We keep the groups small, typically no more than 10 (or less than 5) and as group interests change so does the tour. You will stay in a nice hotel in Bangkok, not some dump on back packer row. Every day will be different, interesting and challenging. When we’re done training you will explore the streets of Bangkok and get to take in the culture with a trainer-guide that knows ropes.  In our downtime, you will enjoy the best Thai massage to keep you going in the training camps, relax by a pool, eat amazing healthy food, take in the nightlife and see real Muay Thai fights as they were meant to be. You simply haven’t experienced a Muay Thai fight unless you have seen it in a stadium in Thailand.

Our tours are geared for first-timers to Thailand or the less experienced seeking a unique “training-vacation”. If you are looking to severely pinch pennies, sleep in a hammock next to the ring and spend every waking moment preparing for an upcoming fight, this type of tour may not be for you. That being said, of course those who wish to do as described above, are more than welcome to join us, as well as those wanting the more hard core, day and evening training sessions. You can meet up with the group in the evening and still take advantage of everything else the tour has to offer.

We will be going to a variety of training venues, which we alter for each tour. You can’t get a complete well-rounded Muay Thai skill set unless you train with a broad spectrum of coaches. Every camp has its own style and its own distinct culture. Based on our experiences the quality of individual camps fluctuates often, so we are always striving to stay informed to make decisions on the right camps for you.  It is true that there are some training camps that are simply a waste of time and we will steer you away from them. Muay Thai camps in Thailand are as varied as the people training in them. Some camps cater to tourists and foreigners only, not typically the best places to train. Some are an even mix of professional Thai fighters and foreigners and some focus on training Thai fighters only and require special invitations to gain access.

Accommodations

Channarong International Muay Thai Tours works closely with several of Bangkok’s popular hotels. We know that after a hard day’s training, you need a bit of comfort and a good night’s sleep. All our hotels are hand-picked for their level of comfort, customer service, location and amenities. You’ll be based in the Sukhumvit business district so you’re less than a minute’s walk to the Bangkok light rail system (BTS) and within easy walking distance of all the best sites, nightlife and shopping.

About Your Guide

Kru Chris the Founder and Head Instructor of Channarong Muay Thai Camp, is your personal day to day guide. While on tour in Thailand you will be considered one of Chris’s students and have all the benefits associated with that relationship.

My Story

The idea for International Muay Thai Tours came about after I retired from government service in 2010. It was then that I had the time to consider what I should do, now that I could essentially do whatever I wanted. I had been going to Thailand for work and Thai boxing for ten years and I learned a lot by trial and error (mostly error) regarding how to go about my trips in the most efficient manner, while still enjoying myself and having a great time. Since I have transitioned over to exclusively teaching Muay Thai, I wanted to help others like myself, that are at the same place I was when I began contemplating that first trip with all the apprehensions I had at the time.

In subsequent years I was often asked by coaches in the U.S. to show the ropes to their fighters coming to Thailand for the first time. I happily obliged. I really enjoyed guiding new people through the beginning fog, seeing them achieve those “ah-ha!” moments and witnessing them learning the sport I love so much. Eventually, it just seemed logical to make a business out of it.

Sometimes in life you just have to roll the dice and see what happens, I did, and haven’t looked back since! As it is said, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” My first Muay Thai trip to Thailand was a life changing experience on so many levels. My only regret is that I waited so long to actually do it. Life is short, seize the moment and live it! The rest, as the Thais say, is “up to you”….

See you in the big mango, chok dee!

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How Do I reserve a place on a tour?

Contact us by email at ChannarongMT@gmail.com and confirm an opening on a posted tour date or arrange with us for a tour of your own. Once the minimum of five students has indicated interest you will be contacted to book with a deposit. A $500 deposit is required using the secure Paypal link at the bottom of this page to hold a spot. At 30 days from the arrival date in Thailand the remaining balance is due. Don’t wait until the last minute or you risk losing an open place.

What if I need to cancel my trip?

If you cancel after booking you will forfeit your deposit. Any cancellations less than 30 days from the arrival date you will forfeit 50% of your full fee. This policy is firm.

Can I change my tour date without cancelling?

You may be able to move your reservation to a mutually convenient date. You must let us know before 60 days from the tour start date if you would like to change your booking. A re-booking deposit must be 100%.

I can’t make it – can I send someone in my place?

Yes, but please let us know as soon as possible if you would like someone else to take your place on the tour.

Do I need to be fit?

No, but you should be injury free and start a cardio fitness regimen several months prior to arrival in order to get the most out of your training. Running, jumping rope, biking or yoga all are strongly recommended. It’s going to be hot like you can’t imagine so get used to it ahead of time. Don’t train in A/C it won’t help you. If you participate in all of the training offered you WILL lose weight at a surprising rate.

I want to take my partner with me but they’re not interested in Muay Thai – do you offer supplemental rates?

We understand that not everyone is as passionate about Muay Thai as we are (bizarre I know). Partners are always welcome but unfortunately we can’t offer supplemental rates or alternative activities for those who are not also training. Non-training guests are welcome to do their own thing during training sessions but they are responsible for making their way to meeting points if they wish to join the group afterwards.

Do I have to go to all the training sessions?

No, you won’t be forced to take part in any training this is your trip after all! However, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the training offered. This is a unique opportunity to access camps and trainers that would be very difficult to arrange on your own and nearly impossible to find outside of Thailand.

I have food allergies, can you accommodate that?

No, you are responsible for your meals and their content. Your guide will be there to help with the massive selection available.

What equipment will I need to bring?

We recommend made in Thailand gear only! It is by far the best quality. You will need at a minimum 2 pairs of shorts, hand wraps, bag gloves and running shoes. If you are sparring or fighting then; sparring gloves (appropriate to your size & weight) a mouth guard, groin protector and shin guards for sparring training. You will get the opportunity to visit the Twins, Windy and Raja factory shops initially during your trip to buy training gear at much lower prices that you would pay outside of Thailand.

What if I get hurt when I’m training and cannot continue the tour – will I get a refund?

Unfortunately no, Muay Thai is a physical sport, and as such, comes with inherent risks. We will, however, take the utmost care to ensure your training is within your skill and ability levels, even if you’re a beginner. Most of your training will consist of bag work, pad work and clinching. Sparring or fighting in the ring  is entirely optional.

Is this an all-inclusive tour?

No, but your boxing transportation, hotel and all training fees are included. There may be times, however, that you’ll want to tip your trainers, have a massage or watch the fights etc. You’ll need to bring some cash for food, evenings out, souvenirs and other incidentals. All of these are very inexpensive in Thailand.

Do I need a visa to go to Thailand?

Typically, US, UK, and some EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Thailand but you will need to check with your consulate, before booking your ticket. US, UK, and some EU citizens are provided an automatic 30 day visa at the immigration inspection in the airport on arrival. You simply need a valid passport (with at least six months remaining valid) and proof of a return ticket.

Do I need any vaccinations?

Consult with your doctor before traveling anywhere outside your country.

Can I get a fight while in Thailand?

Only if you are a Channarong Muay Thai Camp fighter. If you are interested in fighting independently, we can introduce you to the appropriate camps that can arrange fights for you. Typically, you will need to train full time with that camp for at least three months before they will allow you to fight. (But this is Thailand and something can always be arranged).

What is the health care system in Thailand like?

Bangkok has a world-class healthcare system, and it’s far less expensive than in countries such as the US. We do recommend that you buy some travel insurance for your trip that includes ‘extreme activity’ coverage. Insurance companies will typically cover you for training but not for fighting.

Typical Tour Schedule (subject to modification)

Day 0: (Sunday arrive no-training).  Travel to your hotel to settle in, acclimatize, meet your training partners, your training guide Chris and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 1: Jet-lag recovery, breakfast, Thailand culture do’s-don’ts and hand wrapping class. Trip to Twins and Windy gear shops for training equipment shopping. Group meeting at hotel – equipment use/adjustment class. Remaining day open for any additional student needs.

Day 2: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Evening Thai massage. Dinner, group meeting at the hotel.

Day 3: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Evening foot massage. Dinner, group meeting at the hotel.

Day 4: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Evening Thai massage. Dinner, group meeting at the hotel

Day 5: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Evening foot massage. Dinner, open evening.

Day 6: (Saturday no-training) Fights at Rajadamnern Stadium and equipment shopping at Raja Boxing. Dinner, open evening.

Day 7: (Sunday no-training) Tour of Bangkok sites. Dinner, open evening.

Day 8: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Dinner, open evening.

Day 9: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Dinner, open evening.

Day 10: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class.  Dinner, open evening.

Day 11: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Dinner, open evening.

Day 12: Morning group run, Muay Thai 101-Kru Chris, breakfast. Mid-day break. Afternoon Muay Thai class. Dinner, open evening.

Day 13: (Saturday no-training) Breakfast, group meeting and photos at the hotel. Tour of Bangkok sites. Fights at Lumpini Stadium. Farewell dinner, open evening. Last night in the big mango! Have fun!

Day 14: (Sunday depart no-training) afternoon-evening individual transportation to Bangkok International Airport.

Booking Info

Contact us by e-mail for more information at ChannarongMT@gmail.com

Do not book your flights until the minimum group of 5 students is confirmed 

Next scheduled tour: (subject to change without a minimum of 5) – June, July, August, September, October  2013

2 – Week Thailand Training Tour Package – $2,200.00 USD

• 10 days of the best, real Muay Thai training in the world!

• Supplemental training & Tips from Kru Chris

• 13 Days of sightseeing and excursions (four full days)

• Private transportation to and from training

• Photo documentation of your training

• All the gritty back story, tips and advice you want

• Professional oversight of your day to day training

• Muay Thai training certificate from Channarong Muay Thai

• 14 night’s in the most fascinating, exciting city in the world!

**Students are responsible for arranging air travel to and from Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport, meals and any incidentals. On arrival we provide you the necessary guidance to your hotel accommodations in central Bangkok.

Making a Deposit

To reserve your place on a tour you will need to make a 50% deposit of the total individual price. If the trip you want to join begins within 30 days you will need to pay in full.

Payment Method

You may make your payment by using our secure PayPal account. We will send an invoice to your email address via PayPal). Once your payment is made, you will receive a confirmation email and additional information. The preferred communication method is by email but you may call us with any questions if necessary.

Note: There are only 10 slots per regularly scheduled trip. We would encourage you to book in full well before 60 days from arrival date to guarantee your space. We want to provide tour opportunity’s to as many groups as possible but maintaining small group numbers is essential to providing the best service to you.

***Special tour dates outside of regularly scheduled dates may be arranged for groups of 5 or more clients.