THAILAND RETREAT INCLUDES:
• Roundtrip flight between SEA-TAC and Bangkok, Thailand.
• Five days of personalized Muay Thai training at the world famous Fairtex camp. (Lodging & two full-course meals per day included.)
• Fairtex campground amenities such as swimming pool, Internet Café, Spa, Weight room, additional fitness classes, and Fairtex gear pro shop.
• A total of seven nights of accommodations in Bangkok, Thailand.
• A guided tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace.
• A visit to the Buddhist temple Wat Pho and the traditional school of sacred Thai massage – including an hour-long authentic massage for all party members.
• Touring the Ancient City of Muang Boran.
• Seeing the three most magnificent Buddha statues of Bangkok: The Reclining Buddha, The Emerald Buddha, and The Golden Buddha.
• Ringside seats for 3 nights of professional, action-packed Muay Thai fights.
• Roundtrip flight and ferry travel between Bangkok and the lush tropical island of Ko Phi Phi.
• Three nights of bungalow accommodations on the tropical island of Ko Phi Phi.
• Classes in the art of armed and unarmed self-defense by martial arts veteran and international competitor.
• A speedboat tour of Phi Phi Island (lunch included & snorkeling permitted).
• Optional Scuba Diving voyage.
• Visits to famous Thai markets & bazaars: the Suan Lum Night Bazaar, the floating market at Damnoen Saduak, the Ta Prachan (Buddhist Amulet) market, the Chatuchak (“world’s largest”) Weekend market, and the notorious Patpong Night Market.
• Express boat ride along the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok.
• Skytrain transportation.
• THAILAND EXCURSION 2014 Travel Guide & Itinerary –filled with preparation tips, daily schedule, maps, cultural do’s & don’ts, what to wear, travel tips & safety suggestions. Includes 2 complementary DVDs: Fairtex Camp documentaries & Muay Thai training video.
• Access to Thai Language audio course plus Thai language translator and currency exchange converter software.
Minimum of 10 people required.
For 5 straight days experience the art of Muay Thai at an advanced muay thai training camp, complete with elite personal trainers and state-of-the-art gymnasium and fitness equipment. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced kickboxers welcomed!
Learn the world’s most acclaimed ring sport directly from past and current champions who live and breathe it every day. Fairtex trainers have had careers in the elite ranks of Muay Thai fighters and are experienced in teaching the skills they’ve acquired through years of competitive combat.
Training facilities include professional style boxing rings for personal training and sparring. At Fairtex Muaythai Fitness there are two training sessions a day. The morning training begins at 7am and last for two hours. Each training session comprises warm-up exercises, bag work, shadow boxing and up to six three-minute rounds sparring in the ring with a personal muaythai trainer. The afternoon session begins at 3 pm.
Depart Seattle. On our 747 pick from a wide variety of current blockbuster movies to entertain you on your personal viewing screen as we travel to Bangkok.
Arrive in Bangkok late in the evening. A host from Fairtex will pick us up and drive us to the campground location in Bangplee.
Settle in and get a good night’s rest in your new accommodations, which will either be an air-conditioned or fan-cooled room.
Wake up early each day to the sound of a rooster crowing.
Meet at the training facility where we will each be assigned a personal trainer. As you will see, Fairtex trainers have colorful nicknames. Who will be yours? Pepsi, Rambo, Coke, Fanta, Olympic?
You might even luck out and receive instruction from master-trainer Apedej Sit-Hirun, the Muhammad Ali of Muay Thai and Thailand’s living legend. Incredibly, Apedej has had over 400 undefeated fights, and he was the undisputed champion of champions during the 50′s and 60′s.
After an exuberant morning workout of throwing powerful kicks, elbows, knees, and punches you will certainly have worked up an appetite.
Each day you will receive two full-course, freshly prepared, nutritious Thai meals. Yum!! Eat in the camp mess hall where you can refuel and socialize with martial artists from all over the world.
For any other immediate sustenance needs, the campground restaurant provides fast meals, energy snacks and cool beverages day and night, not to mention there are small “mom & pop” shops across the street.
After eating, explore the grounds, taking in the palm tree greenery, Zen rock gardens, small monkeys frolicking alongside the parking lot, singing birds in decorative hanging cages, bridges and ponds leading to the property next door, allowing you to visit peacocks and hawks in cages and fish in large aquariums.
At anytime during your stay you can make appointments to have an inexpensive Thai massage at the onsite spa. (1hr long massages generally cost less than $5 USD) Between training sessions, take time to further condition yourself in the gym or cool off in the garden swimming pool.
Best of all, during office hours you can shop at the Fairtex store where workers make some of the Fairtex equipment and merchandise right on the spot. There is a huge savings compared to buying these items in the States. For example, Muay Thai satin trunks sell for approx $12 USD.
Afternoon workout: more knees, elbows, punches, and kicks with personal tips to improve your technique.
After dinner and if you’re up to it there are stretch and fitness ball classes as well as aerobic instruction. Last year I took an exhilarating yoga class that was taught in both Thai and limited English.
Mind you, there is no alcohol allowed on the Fairtex property, however, if you think you’ve earned yourself a cold beer at the end of the day, treat yourself to a Singha while relaxing at a picnic table outside the neighboring convenience store.
Travel as a group to the nearby Namdang market.
Off the beaten path we will visit a Buddhist temple, also known as a Wat. This is a Wat that doesn’t get many sightseers. The walls are painted with colorful scenes from Buddha’s life and there is a mural of the Bodhi tree behind Buddha.
Sit down, point your toes away from Buddha, and absorb the serene ambience.
Afternoon workout at Fairtex.
Travel to the Ancient City called Muang Boran. Muang Boran is a beautiful outdoor museum of history -an excellent reflection of Thailand’s multi-faceted ancient culture presented in an authentic and visually exciting setting. We will tour the 320-acre park by bicycle.
The Ancient City houses an incredible array of Buddhas and magical looking Thai architecture such as 80 statues depicting Yoga poses, and a fountain scene with a sea serpent from Buddhist cosmology. Of the 116 monuments you will find numerous reproductions of palace halls, temples, Stupas, stone sanctuaries and traditional houses.
The mid-day and evening is yours! Sunbathe the day away if you like.
Check out of Fairtex and head to Bangkok… Arrive in Bangkok in the evening.
Check in to the Buddy Lodge Hotel and explore the Khao San Road area, a famous road in the heart of Bangkok with bustling entertainment and shopping. On Khao San Road there are tons of shopping opportunities and an incredible atmosphere of colorful bars and clubs to party at. Ready-made clothes both in Thai and western styles as well as knock-off products ranging from watches to music CDs can be found everywhere. Bargaining is the name of the game.
This weekend we will visit three most magnificent Buddha statues of Bangkok: the Reclining Buddha, the Emerald Buddha, and the Golden Buddha.
First we will visit Wat Pho for a traditional Thai herbal massage, and then we will go to the Reclining Buddha. At 20 acres large, Wat Pho is the largest Wat in Bangkok and is technically the oldest too, as it was built around 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand’s capital. It is most is famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and is designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl decoration, and the feet also show the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha.
We will then partake in watching an evening full of exciting, authentic Thai Boxing matches at the famous Lumpinee Stadium.
After the fights we’ll stroll to the Suan Lum Night Bazaar located at the opposite side of Lumpinee Park. There is a large covered outdoor area with a food court and beer garden and musical acts on stage that play late into the evening, in addition to the many shops with handmade products.
On to Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha. This Buddha statue is made of pure gold and is unrivalled in beauty. It measures 12 feet 5 inches in diameter and has a height of 15 feet 9 inches from the base to the crown and it weighs approximately 5 tons. Now more than 700 years old it is a valuable treasure of Thailand and of Buddhism.
More Thai Boxing –this time at the Rajadamnern stadium.
Today we will take a one-hour flight from Bangkok to Krabi in southern Thailand.
From the airport we will transfer to the dock where we will catch a ferry to Ko Phi Phi island.
Phi Phi Island was the tropical paradise setting for the Leonardo DiCaprio film “The Beach.”
The afternoon is free to explore Ko Phi Phi.
As you will see, unlike many of the other islands of Thailand, there are no cars on Phi Phi! “Roads” are simply small tracks that crisscross the island and getting around is easy. While on the island, help an economy dependent on tourism by spreading your dollars around. Visit a different massage place every day, get Thai pancakes (crepes) from a different vendor each day, and or buy pearls from a different stand each day.
We will take a walking tour of the island. Photos below from our 2005 trip show areas that were hardest hit by the colliding tidal waves on Dec. 26, 2004. Years later we will note the incredible restoration of this vibrant community.
Phi Phi Island suffered some of the worst damage in Thailand. All but eight of the bungalows at the island’s largest hotel were wiped out when the tsunami attacked its narrow isthmus from both sides. The bodies of 750 Thais and internationals were recovered on Phi Phi Island and an additional 1,000 missing are presumably dead. A grassroots organization called HI (Help International) Phi Phi coordinated the reconstruction projects and helped locals to restore their homes and livelihoods. Past projects of HI Phi Phi are listed here.
Instructor Rob Eis will teach a self-defense workshop on the beach. Here you will develop the mental skills of self-awareness and the physical aspects of practical self-defense.
In the evening take your pick from dozens of restaurants where you can watch Hollywood movies that are currently playing at theaters in the United States.
Wake up in paradise. Go for a morning swim and wander around our new home.
Morning to afternoon: If you would like you can seek out scuba diving trips around Phi Phi Island that offer a wide range of excellent scuba adventures, bringing you face-to-face with breathtaking marine life, hard and soft coral gardens. And if you’re lucky you may even spot a Manta Ray or Whale Shark.
Instructor Rob Eis will conduct the first half of a two-part Knife defense seminar on the beach this afternoon.
Afterward you are free to relax, lie on the beach, and swim in the warm tropical water.
At the only Muay Thai Boxing ring, if the odds look right place your bets as Instructor Rob Eis fights in a live Muay Thai match.
Immediately following the fight, help Rob celebrate or nurse his wounds at a nearby Phi Phi island pub.
Today is our last day on the island.
Morning to afternoon: soak up the sunrise on the tropical beach and enjoy the morning freetime.
Pack your snorkels and jump aboard a speedboat tour of Phi Phi that will expose more of the beauty of the area. Witness the sheer cliffs that soar above calm, clear seas. We will see the stunning, idyllic tropical beaches lining its southern and eastern shores and to the south, we’ll see its shallow coral gardens, teeming with fish and perfect for snorkeling. Lunch will be included in the tour.
Instructor Rob Eis will conduct the second half of a two-part Knife defense seminar on the beach this afternoon.
Tomorrow morning we travel back to Bangkok for 3 more nights of Khao San Road.
Ferry ride to Krabi and fly back to Bangkok where we’ll check in to the Four Sons Inn adjacent to Khao San Road.
If nightclubs are your thing here’s a list to chose from and venture out to:
Today we’ll venture to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak where we’ll see boats piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables. We’ll have breakfast or an early lunch at the market where we can have some fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice or an assortment of local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the float market boats.
After seeing the amulet market we’ll venture to the Ta Prachan market across from the Wat Mahathat Temple on Na Phra That Road. This flea market style place traffics thousands of miniature religious amulets and figurines.
Let a warm wind breeze through your hair while we enjoy an express boat ride along the Chao Phraya River.
Exciting evening of Thai Boxing matches at Lumpinee Stadium.
Get a bird’s eye view of the bustling city of Bangkok while we ride the Skytrain to the world’s largest market; the Chatuchak Weekend Market. This amazing market is a must when in Bangkok. It covers 35 acres and has 15,000 shops and stalls with over 200 000 visitors each day. Vendors have everything: clothes, animals, books, music, DVDs, plants, artifacts, paintings, wooden workings, ceramics, baskets, antiques, plastic fruit, silk flowers, antiques, shoes, silverware, musical instruments, jewelry, houseware, military surplus items, and the list goes on and on and on. Haggling is expected.
Top off our adventure by seeing the Patpong night market among other attractions…. <ahem>.
Among the assortment of wild bars and strip clubs that make up the heart of Patpong, the outdoor market offers a wide range of inexpensive fake goods such as watches, clothes, bags, movies, etc.
Enjoy the nightlife!! (you’ll have to do your own internet search to find out more about Patpong… I don’t want to give you any links that might get you in trouble, ha ha…)
Wake up and evaluate your hangover. Depending on your evening the night before, you might prefer to have a late breakfast. <wink, wink> Today is a day all to yourself. Venture out to see anything you may have missed and pick up any last minute shopping deals. Maybe even venture out to Lumpinee Park… or take a tuk-tuk ride through any parts of the city you didn’t get to see.
We’ll meet together and have a group dinner at a Khao San restaurant that night.
Today we take our flight home. Arrive in Seattle the same day.
Sad to say, the adventure ends. Best to know, these memories will last a lifetime!
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Before traveling to Thailand here are the following precautionary medical recommendations:
Most travelers will need vaccinations for hepatitis A. This should be done at least two weeks before departure. Typhoid fever as well as Tetanus and Polio if you have not been previously vaccinated.
Be sure to bring insect repellents and other measures to prevent mosquito bites. Additional immunizations may be necessary depending upon the medical history of the traveler. All travelers should visit either a travel health clinic or their personal physician before departure.
For vaccination information by country, and to find a travel doctor in your area you can go to: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
· PASSPORT (valid for six months after travel)
· Drivers License (not bad to have as second form of I.D.)
· Some cash. ATM cards are the way to go. There should be ATM machines everywhere we go. (A lot of places do not take credit cards.)
· Loose fitting clothes (not much)
· Sun protection (hat, sun screen, etc) & bug repellents
You will not need much more than you can carry in a backpack. You can buy clothing or other needs very inexpensively in Thailand.