Muay Thai is a martial art which is continuing to rise in popularity. Part of this is due to the fact that this particular form of combat can be very effective, since it uses eight points of contact as opposed to the usual two or four points. This means that you’re not just going to be striking your opponent with punches and kicks. You also learn how to use your elbows and knees, to maximum effect. Muay Thai is also becoming more popular because of its use in mixed martial arts.

If you’re looking to learn more about Muay Thai, or improve on your current skill level, Bangkok is a great place to do so. Thailand is the home of this particular martial art, and Bangkok is the seat of the World Muay Thai Federation. Given this background, you can expect to find some of the finest Muay Thai training locations in this city.

Now, before you choose a particular Bangkok gym to train in, it’s best to decide ahead of time just how deep you want to go. Are you planning to commit a good amount of time, ranging from weeks to months, in order to seriously elevate your Muay Thai skills? Or are you looking at this as a much shorter term experience, where it’s more a matter of getting a taste of what this martial art has to offer? Are you willing to work out in simpler surroundings? Or would you rather engage in a more luxurious gym experience? The answers to these types of questions will help to narrow your search, and match you up with a gym that meets your needs.

If you’re looking for a more serious skill upgrade, you can consider going to a gym like the Fighting Spirit Gym. It might help that the FSG is run by an expat, if you’re looking for a place where language won’t be much of an issue. Said expat also just happens to be a retired professional fighter (can you say cool career?), so you can already tell from this that the caliber of training that you could receive is very high. You can choose to go for a group class, if you’re the type of person who likes to learn alongside other novices or students. Or you can look into the possibility of one-on-one lessons with a trainer, but this is the sort of thing that would really only work if you can demonstrate an already high skill level.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to learn Muay Thai in relative luxury, then Bangkok has you covered as well. One option is a visit to the Peninsula hotel in this city. The hotel offers a training package which allows people to have lessons with a member of the country’s Muay Thai national squad. So as far as training goes, you’ll be learning from some of the best. The level of training is much lighter here though, and it includes time in the spa and a massage. More serious practitioners might not be satisfied with this type of arrangement, but other travelers might find it more suitable for them.

Check out the video below to see one of these famous matches.