Located in the south of Thailand and about an hour or so from Phuket International Airport, Rawai Muay Thai is as authentic as you can get. It is outside the touristy part of Phuket; hence, not much distractions.
Live in the camp and you will be immersed: train twice a day alongside campers and Thais, fuel up in between sessions, doze off midday to recharge, and lounge around whenever. Same story the next day, for six days. Sundays are usually rest days, unless you want to train solo or do some privates (for an additional fee, of course). I did no privates during my July 2015 camp. My daughter worked with kru Lun, and it was all good! In hindsight, I should have joined her.
As for beginners joining group classes, nothing to worry about. You will be separated from the pack shortly after the warm-up. Usually, or at least while we were there, kru Lun was the newbie’s go-to-guy. In no time, he will get your confidence fly high. I strongly suggest that you shell out for some one-on-one sessions. It will surely pay dividends as you will receive undivided attention. Just my two cents. (Note the photo: My daughter throwing the first punch of her life with kru Lun and enjoying every minute of the session. I never thought she would be interested in Muay Thai; I was wrong. In fact, we are both heading to Rawai again next week.)
What is noteworthy about Rawai is the friendly atmosphere, more like family, actually. Good winning culture instilled by camp owners, Tuk and Diana. Solid team of passionate and knowledgeable trainers led by Fin. Last but not least, excellent customer service from the people behind the scenes. Ko pun krap!
The photo on the right was taken during one of the group classes. Special mention to kru Tong for his forbearance. The knee strike looks decent, but believe me, I am far from being worthy to be called a nak muay. I can only wish.
Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to glam up and individually pose with the other trainers who gave me a beating: krus Nabun, Padu, Dam, and Lemsing. Kru Lemsing, by the way, is a living (and still fighting) legend of 499 fights! Chok dee!
See you in a couple of days, Rawai Muay Thai! More pad Thai, Ring Five Cafe!