Muay Thai the National Sport of Thailand
The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the word Tai. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts.
A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang meaning foreign boxer.
Like most competitive full contact fighting sports, Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning. Muay Thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition. Training regimens include many staples of combat sport conditioning such as running, shadowboxing, rope jumping, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises, and in some cases weight training.
Mellow Rooms is able to introduce you to training programs designed for Muay Thai beginners’ right through to expert and World Championship levels.
There are many training camps throughout Phuket and the rest of Thailand. Many of these claim to be the best, to offer the best facilities, to have best trainers etc. Generally the standard in all camps is very high, but as in any sport you have to choose the right one and Mellow Rooms will guide you to the most suitable camp for you.
Training courses vary from one hour to one day, one day to one week, one week to one month.
Group Training or Personal Trainers are available in most camps and many clubs also offer accommodation, which is always advisable if you are involved in a training program of a week or more. The programs normally consist of 3 or 4 training sessions throughout the day.
The camps are a great place to make new friends as you train.
Mellow Rooms can put you directly in touch with training camps according to your preferred location, your personal budget and any special requests/requirements you have.
Prices vary from hourly rates of 300THB to monthly rates (4 sessions a day) from 9,000THB
Scuba Diving is one of the most popular activities in and around Phuket.
The diving on offer includes dives to the stunning coral reefs and wrecks on the west coast. For those who wish to learn to dive the calm, clear waters of Phuket and the Andaman Seas are an ideal learning ground. mellow rooms recommended partners “Phuket Scuba Club” will arrange courses which will be conducted in accordance to the PADI regulations and standards. The dive sites for open water students are chosen very carefully to ensure that conditions are suitable for novice divers.
At Phuket Scuba Club you will find the personal touch that you might miss from larger diving organisations on Phuket. They are ideally situated, just 25 meters from the most beautiful and scenic Kata Beach and their beach branch is directly on the southern end of Karon beach to find out more…Visit Phuket Scuba Club Kata and discover the very best scuba diving Phuket has to offer.
Food in Phuket
If you love food, you will love Phuket.
There are restaurants to suit every taste serving a huge selection of Western and Asian dishes.
While Thai food is renowned world-wide for its wonderful flavors and fresh ingredients, Phuket is especially famous for its seafood and you don’t have to empty your bank account to enjoy the most sumptuous of dishes.
At Mellow Space we will ensure you don’t go wrong. We will guide you to the very best food and restaurant within your budget range, no matter what your taste and preference.
Food ranges from simple street food, noodles, BBQ fish and meats, soups, spicy salads and strange looking bugs.
Cheap Thai restaurants serving traditional curries, noodles and lots of other spicy dishes.
Up-market Thai Restaurants, International restaurants of all nationalities including Italian, Indian, French, Mexican, Traditional Mediterranean.
Mellow Space Tips on eating in Thailand:
Generally the street traders and local markets cater for Thai’s, so the food is “Spicy”.
Thai restaurants in tourist areas will cater for tourists, so not normally as spicy as traditional Thai food.
Thai culture is to share everything that is ordered and the food comes in no particular order, so if you find yourself in a local restaurant ordering starters and main meals the chances of it arriving at your table in that way are Very Slim…
If you do really want starter and main meal then order starters, when it comes, order mains.
If you get out of the tourist areas of Thailand you will probably find restaurants will only have menus in Thai and very few staff, if any who speak any other language so be prepared with a phrase book.
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