In this section you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you do not find the info you are looking for here please email us.
1. What type of payments do you accept?
You can pay with cash or with Paypal. Most people bring their bank cards and use the local ATM machines in town. Some people bring foreign currency and exchange it in the banks in Khao Lak. Or you can pay for training and accommodation, using your credit cards (via Paypal). There is a 4% fee added to your bill when paying with Paypal.
2. When should I book?
It’s a good idea to book in advance, especially in the high season (November – March) as rooms in the camp may get fully booked. As soon as you have your flight itinerary please fill out the booking form online.
3. Can I train is I have no previous experience?
Having previous Muay Thai Boxing or any martial arts experience is not required. Many people come to Rawai Muay Thai Camp to improve their fitness and to lose weight rather than just to learn Thai Boxing . At Rawai we welcome everyone from pro fighters to beginners, children and families.
4. Can women and children train too?
Women, children and families are all welcome to train with us. About 30% of students are female. We have no age restrictions although young children tend to do private lessons, instead of joining in the group class.
5. Do you give certificates?
Upon your completion of training, we can give you a certificate of participation in our Muay Thai training program at Rawai Camp. Please ask in the gym office for a training certificate before you leave.
6. Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand? The visa rules keep changing so it’s best to get informed before coming to Thailand. If you want to stay in Thailand for more than 2 weeks we recommend that you get a tourist visa before coming. You can do so at any Thai embassy or consulate. The following pages explain the basics of whether you need a visa or not and the procedures of getting a Thai visa:
7. How can I best prepare for training in Thailand?
Everyone takes a few days to adjust to training in tropical humidity. Most people can handle only 2 hours of training a day in their first week. By the third week most people can do 4 hours of training a day.
Your fitness improves fast when you are training in the tropics. Not depending on the air conditioning will help you tolerate the humidity a lot faster. If air conditioning is a must have, try to keep it between 25 – 28 C. The better your fitness is when you arrive at Rawai Muay Thai Camp the easier it will be for you to acclimatize and get used to the training regime. Focus on the following to get ready: skipping rope, running, eating right.
8. Can the gym organize a fight for me?
Yes we can! That is our specialty. Tuk orders all the fights and supervises the fight training program. We have many stadiums nearby. Khao Lak stadium is just 5 minutes from the gym. In Phuket there are more stadiums where our students fight, like Patong Stadium, Bangla Stadium, Suwit Stadium, Soi Taied Stadium, Chalong Stadium, etc. For advanced students there is also the possibility of fighting at the famous stadiums in Bangkok, like Lumpini and Rajadamnern.
9. Can I check in late?
10. Do I need to get any vaccines before traveling to Thailand?
There are no vaccinations required if you are only coming to Thailand. If you plan to visit Cambodia,or Vietnam, then Malaria tablets may be required. You can get Malaria vaccinations at any hospital in Thailand for much cheaper price than in most other countries.
11. Can I drink the tap water?
Do not drink the tap water in Thailand. The tap water is pumped up from the ground. It is unfiltered and may be dirty. You can use tap water to brush your teeth but don’t swallow it. You can use tap water to wash your face, hands, rinse dishes, wash clothes, shower, etc. If you did swallow some tap water while brushing your teeth, it’s not a big deal and shouldn’t make you sick. Antiseptic mouth wash will help kill off any bacteria from the tap water. Many Thai people use tap water for cooking but it’s not recommended for foreigners to do this.
12. Where can I store my valuables?
All the accommodation at Rawai Muay Thai has electronic safes for storage of valuable items such as passports, travelers checks, cash, airline tickets, ipads, for the students in the shared bungalows. The shared bungalows have an electronic safe for each student. The safe is not large enough for laptop computers but it is large enough for cameras, money, passports.
Laptop Computers: Most students bring their laptops with them. There has never been a laptop stolen from the gym bungalows. If you feel the need to have it locked away, the lockers at the gym are large enough for the safe storage of laptops.
13. Is there laundry service at the gym?
There is laundry service at the gym. Clothes are washed, dried and ironed for you at very cheap prices. Just bring your dirty clothes to us and we will wash them for you. Cost is per kilo of dried clothing.
14. Where is Khao Lak located? Khao Lak is located in the South of Thailand, just above Phuket. The ride from Phuket International airport to Khao Lak takes about 1 hour. Khao Lak is on the coast of the beautiful Andaman Sea. Khao Lak is famous for snorkeling and diving due to its proximity to the Similan and Surin Islands. We can help you arrange boat trips to visit these tropical islands (November-May).
15. What can I do when not training?
Swim in the pool the sea or a nearby waterfall; get a massage; go on a boat trip to the Similan or Surin islands (snorkeling or scuba diving), go shopping in the night market in Bang Niang (starts at 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday); visit town, eat out, go fishing, go bike riding, bamboo rafting, ride an elephant.
16. How is Rawai Muay Thai different from other gyms in Thailand?
Location – Location – Location! Rawai Muay Thai is located in a quiet town close to the beach. We don’t have the fast pace traffic and distractions that you get in the main tourist zones like Phuket, Samui, Pattaya or Bangkok. This makes it the perfect spot for focusing on your training.
Rawai Muay Thai is a Thai owned gym.
Unlike most gyms in Thailand which are owned or operated by foreigners or business people who know little about this sport, Rawai Muay Thai camp is owned by an experienced Thai boxer. Tuk is the owner of Rawai Camp and he fought in Bangkok for over 9 years. He has over 160 fights and is an exceptional teacher. Many students come back year after year to learn from him. We have students who come to stay 12 months at a time. Tuk makes sure the quality of the training at Rawai is top notch, by keeping a close eye on our trainers at all times. Furthermore Rawai is a family business: Fin is the head trainer.
At Rawai Muay Thai the gym is open everyday, perfect for students who want to get in extra training outside of the regular gym hours. It is not uncommon to see students in the gym doing some late night training (until 9 pm) or at 5 – 6 am in the early hours of the morning.
Rawai has a dedicated staff. Sunny and Yah are the receptionists and they run the shop. They both live in the gym too. You can approach them with any questions you have or anything you may need. They work in the gym shop, answering emails and updating the website. Diana, Tuk’s wife, is also available. Diana speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian, which can be of service with the odd student who needs communication help. Just ask any of us to help you with anything you need.
Every month we have 30 – 40 students living and training at Rawai Muay Thai Camp. New friends are made easily and most students say it’s the people they meet while training at the gym that makes their time here one of the best experiences of their lives.
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