If your dream is to train alongside some of the best athletes in ONE Championship, there is no better country to do that in than Thailand.
“The Land Of Smiles” offers a great year-round climate, tasty food, and a low cost of living.
Considering the cost of training, accommodations, food, and transportation, here is how much you will pay for a martial arts training vacation in Thailand.
Training In Thailand
Nowadays, when it comes to training in Thailand, your options are endless.
Twenty years ago, it would be challenging to find a gym in Thailand that accepted foreigners. Now, however, it is part of every gym’s strategy.
The price you pay to train at a gym will depend on the amenities you get.
Fairtex Training Center
Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya is home to ONE Women’s Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, former ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title challenger Saemapetch Fairtex, and Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.
To train alongside these Muay Thai greats, you will pay roughly US$45 per day for two Muay Thai sessions and US$15 for either one Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or mixed martial arts session.
Petchyindee Academy in Bangkok is home to former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy and ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix quarterfinalist Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy.
The cost for one day of training at Petchyindee is US$15 for two sessions.
Tiger Muay Thai
Tiger Muay Thai is home to Northern Thailand Muay Thai Champion and ONE strawweight mixed martial artist Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit.
To train at Tiger Muay Thai, it costs US$16.50 for one group class training or US$23 for one personal training session.
Accommodations In Thailand
Thailand is known for its inexpensive, yet comfortable, accommodations.
Most gyms in Thailand will offer some level of accommodations. But if you want to stay in your own place outside of the camp, you have plenty of choices.
On the pricier end of accommodations, you have hotels. Budget hotels start at around US$12 a night and usually come with daily cleaning services, but no complimentary food or drinks.
If you are looking for something with a bit more comfort, like a swimming pool and free breakfast, your best bet is to book a three-star or five-star hotel.
Prices start at US$30, and they go as high as you can imagine.
Apartments tend to be cheaper than budget hotels, but they come with even fewer services. For US$180 a month, you can get a studio apartment with no kitchen in Bangkok.
Keep in mind, for this price, you will have to clean your own room. Also, you usually have to leave a one-month security deposit, which you get back, minus water and electric costs, at the end of your stay.
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Food And Drinks In Thailand
Like the aforementioned expenses, the cost of food and drinks will vary depending on where you eat.
Eating at street food stands is your cheapest choice. You will pay about US$3 for a one-dish meal and a drink. But when eating street food, you sacrifice your health for savings.
The last thing you want to do is get food poisoning during your training holiday in Thailand. Decide carefully which street food stands you eat from.
Open-air restaurants are a step-up from street food stands. These types of restaurants are usually set up away from the street and are enclosed by three walls.
You will find rows of open-air restaurants in mini-malls and parking lots. The prices are not much more expensive than street food stands.
Indoor restaurants are a more-expensive option for food, but a lot more sanitary as well.
Prices at indoor restaurants start at US$4 a plate, but they can also be as expensive as back in your home country.
Getting Around Thailand
In major cities around Thailand, it is easy to get around. In rural areas, however, it is a lot more challenging.
Taxis are great for traveling longer distances, like from airports to hotels and back again. They are also good for traveling between cities. You might pay US$75 for a three-hour ride. Inside the city, taxis start at US$1.50 and increase with distance and time.
Canal boats are your cheapest form of transportation at just US$0.30 a ride. But you will only find canal boats along the major waterways of Thailand’s cities.
At just US$0.80 to US$1 for traveling short distances, motorcycle taxis are great in heavy traffic or if the weather is too hot to walk. But be careful – they are also the most dangerous form of transportation in “The Land Of Smiles.”
Tuk-tuks are the most expensive form of transportation if you are traveling short distances. What would cost you US$1.50 for a taxi could cost you US$5 for a tuk-tuk.
Songthaews are pickup trucks with two rows of benches in the bed of the pickup, which is covered by a roof. At US$0.30 per ride, songthaews are great for traveling short distances.
BTS And MRT
Using the BTS Skytrain and the MRT underground are two of the easiest ways to get around Bangkok. They are quick, they are safe, and, at just a few dollars or less per ride depending on the distance traveled, they are cheap.