Training at KYN Muay Thai Gym was one of the best experiences of my life. My wife and I went in February 2012 thinking that we would stay a few weeks, but realising how amazing the place was we ended up staying for two months. The gym is located on the small and friendly island of Koi Yao Noi, a short boat ride from Phuket. It's a place for those who can only take the grime and sleeze of Phuket in small doses.
The training at KYN is fantastic. The head trainer was a World Champion Muay Thai fighter and boxer, and can train people in both with very good english. He's fairly hard on his students once the training begins, but very friendly and approachable when it's finished. He is assisted by two ever-smiling Thai trainers who know just how hard to push you. When we were there the sessions included between 2 and 8 students, so in many classes we had one-on-one instruction from these very experienced trainers! My wife trained with me while we were there and, while she found it challenging, she enjoyed it. She'd never put on gloves before but by the end of the two months I was, I must admit, a little frightened of her.
The trainers are unique in my experience as they don't unnecessarily compliment you; they are not looking for a tip. They make you earn a compliment.
The food is AMAZING! And extremely good value - gorgeous veg Pad Thai for 50bhat. Oh how I miss those meals. Seriously.
The accommodation is clean and very comfortable - far more so than all of the other Muay Thai gyms that we checked out before arriving on the island. Oh and did I mention the view? The sunsets are glorious - each night after training we watched the orange and sometimes pink sun set into the watery horizon with a cold beverage in hand. Magnificent.
There are two tiny drawbacks about the place that should be mentioned, however. First, the beach is all mud and no sand. That didn't bother us in the slightest because the pool is cleaned and regularly maintained, but for some it might be a drawback. Second, the room cleaning was a bit erratic. Staying long term is cheap but it means that your room is cleaned once a week (if you stay short term I understand it is cleaned each day). While we stayed they were training a new cleaning lady and she hadn't quite got up to speed on the mop. But these are minor gripes that are quickly forgotten when I remember the beautiful location, friendly staff (some of whom we forged genuine and we hope lasting friendships), amazing food and, of course, excellent training.
I highly recommend this gym for those looking for serious training in a quiet and beautiful setting. If you're into bargirls, drinking and egos...Phuket.
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