If you’ve been following along my Thailand adventures, you would have seen that I’ve been to Bangkok and the Surin Beach area of Phuket. And now I have made my way to the Patong area of Phuket, which is the most famous beach resort on Phuket. I found myself falling in love with this area for its duality of being tranquil and offering a nightlife that is welcoming to the LGBTQ community in Thailand.
If you’re looking for recommendations, The Nap Patong comes to mind.
The Nap Patong has a chic, stylish ambiance and modern minimalist design, which are the signature features of this celebrated hotel. Located a few short steps from the beach and within easy reach of the hectic centre of Patong’s dining and entertainment district, Nap Patong is a tranquil haven of serene calm offering the ideal base for a truly memorable holiday.
During the day, I was usually at the beach, which was a 2 minute walk from the hotel and during the night, my friend and I found ourselves hanging out at ZAG to watch the drag shows.
But Phuket is more than just beaches and clubs. Thanks to the hospitality of the management team at Nap Patong, my friend and I were able to try a few classes at Tiger Muay Thai. Located on “The Soi” in the Chalong area, this training camp welcomes some of the world’s biggest MMA fighters. I was excited to just get an invite.
Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty physically active in NYC where I workout and practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Williamsburg MMA, however, stepping onto the training ground was still intimidating. I could sense the pride the teachers and students had at training there, but everyone was welcoming.
The first class we did was the strength and conditioning class.
John Priest led the class, and in that hour, I felt like I just finished a competition. It was a series of strength training and cardio with a few seconds of rest in-between. On top of that, I had to deal with the heat and humidity in Thailand, and somehow, I survived. It was a great workout and I was do it again.
Next was a two hour Muay Thai class. I have no idea what I was thinking, given my fight game is more on the ground and I’ve only had a few Muay Thai classes in the past. We did a series of drills, pad work, sparring, and conditioning exercises and this was probably one of the most intense classes I’ve done. The coaches definitely pushed you to get the best out of you, and there were times when I wanted to sit down and just watch, but the camaraderie everyone had for their fellow classmates motivated me to continue.
The next day, I have to admit that my body was extremely sore, and I had trouble walking. Did my body hurt… yes. Did I almost give up… yes, and would I do it all over again, absolutely!
Just from the few days I spent in Phuket, you could probably already see that there is more to this country than what you see in the media. While Bangkok is similar to NYC’s flow and energy, Phuket offers travelers a slower pace of life with strong beach vibes; however, fun activities like training at Tiger Muay Thai still exists. You just have to know where to go.