Muay Thai Training in Thailand: The Gear and Essentials You’ll Need

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From six days a week of Muay Thai training in Thailand over the last few weeks there are a few things I have quickly learned are essentials! If you are a Muay Thai beginner like I was (and, uh, very much still am!), read on for a complete list of gear you’ll need for your training.

I’ve sorted this into two lists: Gear, and other essentials.

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5 Destinations I’d Love to Revisit

As part of the Booked.netTop Destinations to Go There promotion, I’ve been invited to share five of my favourite destinations that I’ve been before and would love to revisit. I thought this was going to be easy, but as I reminisced over wonderful travel memories, narrowing down my favourites proved to be quite the challenge!

Don’t stress guys, it sure was tough but I managed to reduce it down to my top 5…in no particular order – that would be way too hard to decide!

1. Palawan, the Philippines

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Palawan, a province in the west of the Philippines, probably didn’t know what had hit it when four of us on a girl’s trip explored the region for three weeks a couple of years back. We spent our days island-hopping from one pristine beach to the next, and danced the nights away drinking copious amounts of pineapple juice with local coconut rum. Throw in a bit of music on the beach and a midnight swim or two, and you have the recipe for what might be the most perfect girls’ trip ever. We need to plan a reunion, asap!

2. Langkawi, Malaysia

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Even though I was on this beautiful island just a mere few weeks ago, I’m already thinking about when I will revisit Langkawi. To me, Langkawi was paradise! Perfect beaches, incredible waterfalls, easy roads for scootering around but rugged enough that you feel like you’re truly discovering the island. We spent nine glorious nights there and I can’t even begin to explain how sad I was to leave. Langkawi is the kind of place that you lose track of time in the best way possible, I’ve never felt so relaxed in my life as I was there.

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I didn’t love the Perhentian Islands

I didn’t love the Perhentian Islands.

Ohmygosh I can’t believe I just divulged that to the internet!

Don’t hate me?

Seriously, what am I on about?

I mean, how could I not love this?

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I certainly didn’t hate the Perhentian Islands, I liked them enough. I guess what I’m getting at is I went there expecting paradise and left a little underwhelmed. But before you close your browser in horror, allow me to explain!

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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Week 2

I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by on Koh Samui. We have been training Muay Thai at Superpro Samui for two weeks now, but it barely feels like yesterday we arrived!

There is no doubt that Week 1 was tough, and both Alan & I were constantly sore and tired for the week’s entirety. Week 2 has been SO much better! After working through the initial fatigue, bruising and in my case an almost inability to even brush my hair because my arms were too sore (!), I’m beyond pleased that we have come out the other side feeling mostly like normal people again.

As in, we can train in the morning and instead of being sore and exhausted for the rest of the day, we have energy to get out and about and explore this beautiful island of Koh Samui.

And explore we have!

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Break the Budget: Splurging at Universal Studios Singapore!

We arrived into Singapore with just one thing on our minds. Universal Studios!

Though theme parks are not typically in the realms of budget travel (especially when you’re trying to spend less than NZD$50 each a day!), we couldn’t get the idea of Universal Studios out of our heads, so decided to roll with it and treat Singapore as a splurge. YOLO, right?

To backtrack a little, and provide some explanation, Singapore was not even part of our itinerary when we began roughly planning our route before leaving New Zealand. With the reputation of being expensive and sucking the money out of backpackers (spoiler alert: yup, it did!), we booked our flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur thinking we would simply dip down into Malacca before heading up into the northern half of Malaysia for 6 weeks, skipping Singapore altogether.

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But seriously, who’d want to miss this?!

I don’t recall if it was Alan or I who first mentioned it, but I do remember us being rather delirious on one of our mega Indonesian bus journeys when the idea to visit Universal Studios in Singapore sprouted. As we are both actually children at heart, it was an idea that was very hard to get out of our heads, and it became one of our hot topics of conversation. Needless to say, we were quick to justify that if we came in $500 under budget for our month in Indonesia we would treat ourselves to a few days in Singapore, and a day or two at Universal Studios.

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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Week 1

Friday marked one week since we arrived at Superpro Samui, so I thought I’d write a bit of a recap of the first week of my Muay Thai training in Thailand, and share a few things about Muay Thai that are swirling around in my mind.

These thoughts are in no particular order and are possible very random – my brain and body are tired from being used so much over the past week… it has been one heck of a learning curve, thats for sure!

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  • Muay Thai training is much, much harder than I anticipated it was going to be. I have a new found respect for those who train as hard as this!
  • The structure of the class is essentially 20-30 minutes warm up (skipping rope or a run – normally I run up the hill behind us, the view from the top is worth the run, plus skipping sucks!), hand wraps on, warm up drills, shadow boxing, gloves on, drills on the punching bags, 4x 3 minute rounds in the ring with a trainer, more drills on the punching bag, gloves and wraps off, ab work, cool down drills and some stretches. Indispersed with push ups throughout. This goes for two hours with just a few minutes break here and there to guzzle some water. Did I mention it was 32 degrees celsius yesterday? Phew!

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Exploring the Historical Port of Malacca, Malaysia

From Kuala Lumpur we decided to head south and make Malacca (or Melaka, in Malay), with its impressive history, the next stop on our Malaysia itinerary.

After some challenging bus rides in Indonesia we were pleased that Malacca was just a couple of hours away, on what was a straightforward, smooth and comfortable journey. We departed from Kuala Lumpur’s Terminal Bersepadu Selatan and arrived into Malacca Central station (Melaka Sentral), then jumped on the local no.17 bus to reach our guesthouse.

Malacca has a rich history and, along with Georgetown in Penang (which we would visit later in our trip), became listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

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Without going into too much detail (I’ve never been a huge history buff, aye Dad), Malacca was founded around the year 1400 by a dude called Parameswara. The city grew quickly, becoming a bustling international trading port before being conquered by the Portuguese in 1511. In 1641 the Dutch captured Malacca, then a couple of hundred years later traded it for a Sumatran province with the British. The city remained under British control through to the 1940’s when it became part of the Malayan Union, which developed into the Malaysia we know today. Phew!

With Portuguese, Dutch, British and Malay influence, combined with the Indian and Chinese elements of Malaysian culture, you can begin to imagine what a cultural melting pot Malacca is.

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I Could Live in Kuala Lumpur

This photo says it all: I love Kuala Lumpur!

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As my first ever international destination beyond Australia and the Pacific Islands, Malaysia is the magnificent country to which I credit my love for travelling Asia began, and the country in which I officially caught the travel bug at the ripe age of seven.

I was lucky enough to travel to Malaysia and Singapore on a family holiday all the way back in 1997 and couldn’t wait to explore this incredible country again as an adult. I was eager to revisit some of the same destinations, stirring childhood memories and creating exciting new ones.

We flew directly to Kuala Lumpur from Jakarta, and I was a bundle of excitement the whole way on our surprisingly comfortable Air Asia flight. After checking though immigration, we whizzed into the city on the train and checked into our Chinatown hostel in the early evening.

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Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is buzzing with activity. Despite being exceptionally touristy, a wander up Petaling Street and the nearby lanes in the evening is enough to intoxicate all of your senses.

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Muay Thai Training in Thailand: Why Am I Here?

I’ll be writing a full series of blog posts about Muay Thai training in Thailand over the next few weeks. I found it near impossible to come across much information about what to expect from Muay Thai training in Thailand as a female and absolute beginner. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to help out other beginners who are interested in this physical and mental challenge, with information and insights to what Muay Thai training in Thailand is like.

These posts will be interspersed amongst catch up travel posts from our last six weeks in Malaysia and Singapore.


If you’ve read my last blog post, you’ll know that I’m currently a few days into a month-long Muay Thai training in Thailand. If you know me personally, you’ll probably be thinking that this is a very unusual activity for me to choose, and what on earth am I doing here?! Don’t worry, I’ve been thinking that a fair bit myself too.

Even with just my first few training sessions under my belt, I have plenty to share about this Muay Thai lifestyle that I am so new to and somehow, strangely enough, am enjoying (who would have thought!). But we have a whole month to talk about what I’ve learned and all that jazz. I figure that I had better start by explaining how I’ve ended up here in the first place!

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My ABCs of Travel

We’ve arrived in Thailand, and after spending a few days beaching (yes, I’m sure thats a word!), eating copious amounts of delicious Thai food and celebrating Alan’s birthday, we have arrived in our home for the next month. A home which is very, very far out of my comfort zone – Superpro Samui, a Muay Thai gym on the tropical island of Koh Samui.

We are just two days in and my body is screaming at me! Aches, pains, bruises and bleeding knuckles seem to be becoming the norm. Between training sessions, I’ll be working hard to update the blog with stories from our six-week journey through Malaysia and Singapore, along with my personal experiences, reflections and learnings from this upcoming month of intense Muay Thai training. Stay tuned!

However, today (Sunday) is our one day per week of no training, and I’m in the mood to write something a bit different. I’ve seen the ABC’s of travel floating around on some of my favourite travel blogs and thought I would join in with a little reminiscing on my own travel experiences. I hope you enjoy!

A / Age you went on your first international trip?

I am blessed with parents that love to travel, and had my first passport at the ripe age of three. I first went to Australia’s Sunshine Coast at that age, and Fiji when I was four, but because I was so young unfortunately I don’t have very many memories from these trips. When I was seven years old I was lucky enough to travel to Singapore and Malaysia on a family holiday – two countries I have spent time in again recently, and will be writing about soon!

B / Best foreign beer you’ve had and where?

My favourite beer of all time has to be Belgium’s Leffe Blond, despite the fact that I haven’t yet travelled to the country itself to drink it. I usually drink my beloved Leffe Blond at my local Belgian bar, accompanied by a compulsory pot of steaming mussels and fries.

Best foreign beer in the budget category has got to be Vietnam’s Bia Hoy (Fresh Beer). I recall evenings spent chugging multiple glasses of this delicious liquid in picturesque Hoi An a couple of years ago. At less than NZ 40c a glass, it can’t be beat!

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