While Koh Samui in Thailand is known as a place to enjoy beachside bliss, you can also experience action-packed Muay Thai. Intrigued? Read on to find out more!

 What Exactly Is It?

Muay Thai is a traditional martial art in Thailand that has, in fact, been practised for thousands of years. Today, it’s the country’s national sport with eager spectators packing local stadiums to watch fighters in action. Interestingly, it’s referred to as the “art of eight limbs” since it employs the use of elbows, shins, knees, and fists for various manoeuvres incorporating both defence and offence.

Eric Langley, Muay Thai high kick, CC BY 2.0

 Experiencing it Yourself

To fully experience Muay Thai, you can look to try it yourself when holidaying in Koh Samui! Family resort properties offer lessons in this martial art which makes for great exercise. Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort is one such place to stay which features private and group Muay Thai classes including those for youngsters. Alternatively, various local gyms offer lessons, while there are specialised camps for those looking to fully train and compete in this sport.

 Diverse Benefits

As mentioned, Muay Thai makes for a great workout and offers lots of benefits too. A typical exercise routine would involve anaerobic and aerobic exercises that will usually feature shadowboxing, kickboxing, jumping rope and running. You will be able to boost your strength and stamina, increase fitness levels and tone muscles. You will also learn various martial art techniques that are ideal for self-defence!

 Watching Muay Thai

Of course, if you don’t want a hands-on experience, you can take in the thrills of this sport by enjoying live fights at Muay Thai stadiums in Koh Samui. Some resorts will even offer visits to such stadiums with an experienced guide which would be ideal for those who haven’t witnessed this spectacle before. Amongst the popular venues are Chaweng Stadium, Samui International Muay Thai Stadium and Phetch Buncha Boxing Stadium.