I have been travelling and training full time at various Muay Thai gyms around Thailand for 5 months. Santai Muay Thai is amongst the best gyms I have encountered. The trainers are all not only exceptional former (and some current) fighters, they also really know how to teach!
They hone in on an individual’s particular skill set, and really drill out bad habits, and teach you how to exploit your strengths.
They are also incredibly patient, they will not allow sloppy technique to slide! The afternoon session consists of five 5 minute pad rounds, for which Santai is renowned. This means you will basically be getting a private session every day, half an hour of one on one time where you are pushed, encouraged, and will step out of the ring exhausted, smiling and feeling achieved.
Socially, the gym fosters a family culture – the students eat together, enjoy Sunday’s off together and generally help each other out. The trainers encourage us, are patient and always make us laugh. I live at the gym accommodation (Chaidee House) which is my favourite gym accommodation in Thaialnd so far. It is recently built, very clean and comfortable. Lastly, the cost of living in Northern Thailand will be a huge relief for those used to Phuket prices.
I can’t say enough positive things about this gym and the community in which it is found! It offers excellent training, in a great setting, for the right price, and is excellently managed and maintained.