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The Best Muay Thai Gyms in Chiang Mai (2022 Update)

The international sport of Thailand, Muay Thai is not just popular internationally for the quick moves but the various health benefits it offers. Hundreds of people drop by Chiang Mai every year to learn this sport for general fitness and weight loss. Today it has gone beyond that and is considered a way of self-discovery by some tourists.

For your ease, we have listed down the top-5 Muay Thai Gym centers in Chiang Mai where you can master the Muay Thai techniques. But before that, let’s get a sneak peek into how the sport came into existence and became so famous worldwide.

History of Muay Thai

The history of Muang Thai dates back to the 16th century when the famous fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured by the soldiers of the Kon Baung dynasty. They offered to release him on the condition that he freed himself using Muay Thai moves.

Nai Khanomtom emerged victorious in the battle and impressed with his dexterity in the moves, the captors released him immediately. He emerged as a hero after that incident and his style became famous as the Siamese-style boxing, presently known as Muay Thai.

Best Muay Thai Gyms in Chiang Mai

The top 5 Muay Thai Gyms in Chiang Mai are as follows:

1. Santai Muay Thai

It is considered the best gym in Chiang Mai owing to its quality training. The gym is located at a distance of 15 km from Chiang Mai city in the countryside of San Kam Phang.

It is popular among people for its professional trainers who have won several Muay Thai Championships.

The gym has onsite accommodation facilities both for budget cautious and high-end trainees where they can stay during their training. The cost per session at Santai is 3,00 THB, 3,000 THB for a week, and 10,000 THB for a month's training.


Santai Muay Thai

2. Hong Thong Muay Thai

This Thai gym was started by twin brothers Joe aka “Hong Thong Noi” and Gen aka “Hongthong Lek” in 2013. Both the brothers are professional fighters who have previously worked in various renowned gyms in the other parts of Thailand.

Besides having academic qualifications in Sports Science and Physical Education, the duo has vast experience and practical knowledge about professional fighting that makes them perfect trainers.

The gym has adequate accommodation facilities for the students. Previously the gym was located in Han Dang but has now been shifted to Tasala near the Promenade Shopping Center.

The cost per session at Hong Thong Muay Thai is 5,500 THB/day whereas charges for training two times a day for one month is 9,000THB.


Hong Thong Muay Thai

3. Lanna Muay Thai Gym

Also known as Kiatbusaba, it is one of the earliest gyms in Chiang Mai Province. It is located near Chiang Mai University on Huay Kaew Road. It is only 8 km away from Chiang Mai International Airport and Night Bazaar.

The gym was named after its founder, Andy Thompson. She was the first-ever foreigner to open a gym in Thailand. After her death, the gym is now looked after by Kru Boom and other trainers who grew up there.

The gym has been home to many renowned Thailand fighters such as JR and Kunlun. One striking feature of this gym is that it conducts an all-female class on Saturdays exclusively for women who don't feel comfortable training around men.

Owing to its prime location, there are plenty of accommodation facilities near the gym.

The cost per session is 350THB/day and for two sessions is 500 THB/day whereas the cost for two-time training for a month is 8,800THB.


Lanna Muay Thai Gym

4. Chiangmai Muay Thai Gym

The gym is conveniently located in the heart of Chiang Mai's old city. It is particularly popular among amateur fighters who want to start from the basics and also tourists owing to its location.

The trainers here are very friendly and hence perfect for the novices to learn the art and get confident gradually. The fees are as less as 400 baht for a coached training session for newbies 2 pm daily and private lessons 1000/day per person.

The gym lacks some apparatus but the price and friendly trainers make up for the same. The gym trainers are professionals that are fluent in English which is a plus for first-time visitors. You can easily book your class by texting them on Facebook.


Chiangmai Muay Thai Gym

5. SKP Muay Thai Gym

The gym is located 20 km east of Chiang Mai in the town of Sankamphaeng. The training at SKP Muay Thai is under the supervision of renowned fighters, Kru Keng and Kru Golf.

It caters to both experienced fighters and newbies. The coaches are especially focused on clinch training. As clinch is considered the weaker spot of westerners, it is particularly famous for this training.

The Gym has trainers from the infamous Pinsinchai Gym in Bangkok. All the trainers currently g here are former Lumpinee Fighters.

They’re very technical, boxing and beginner-friendly. To add, the atmosphere around the camp is perfect for relaxing after a good fight.

1 month’s training at SKP Muay Thai Gym costs 9,000 THB.


SKP Muay Thai Gym

Bottom Line

Muay Thai is getting increasingly famous internationally, so much so that it has been granted the provisional Olympic status and is very soon expected to be one of the main Olympic sports.
So if you are planning to visit Chiang Mai anytime soon, we would suggest you visit one of these Muay Thai gyms to see closely why it is garnering so much respect.


1.How many boxing stadiums are there in Chiang Mai?

At present, there are 5 boxing stadiums in Chiang Mai.

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