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Pai Muay Thai Camps

Pai is an amazing small town in Mae Hong Son, Thailand that is a draw for the well established Pai Muay Thai Camps for both Recreational and Professional Fighters. There is even a Pai Kung Fu School

Pai Muay Thai Camps for the MMA Fighter

Pai Muay Thai Camps

About Pai ... Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Pai is a small town 140km north of Chiang Mai in the Mae Hong Son Province of northern Thailand. The trip to Pai is well known for winding road that consists of 762 curves, which is a true treat to travel by motorcycle and a thrill ride when taking the Mini Van from Chiang Mai for 150 Baht.  

Pai is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, jungle, hot springs, Shan and Chinese Villages, waterfalls and rice paddies.  Pai is unique in both it’s terrain and culture, being famous for its relaxing atmosphere that includes free availability of Magic Mushrooms and Marijuana.  Pai is considerably cheaper to stay than Bangkok or Phuket which makes it a haven for budget travelers.

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Pai town is very relaxed and slow paced;  there are no movie houses, supermarkets or department stores.  For this reason many talented expats choose Pai as a place to live which has created an amazing variety of excellent restaurants and food choices. Getting your meals from the famous Pai Walking Street from a variety of vendors, then sitting and eating while making new friends is the essence of Pai, Mae Hong Son

Pai attracts Muay Thai fighters who want to train & relax and prefer a slower pace than city or Island Muay Thai Gyms. The Pai Muay Thai Gym scene is not as intense a level of training in Bangkok or southern Thailand. You are more likely to find fighters who are at the beginning of their careers wanting to get quality training and not be neglected at the expense of gyms catering to their superstars.  There are still some great gyms for fighters of all levels to train in the most chilled town in Thailand.

Below are some of the best Muay Thai gyms in Pai that you should check out!  Pai is also home to the incredible Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat. Nam Yang is a beautiful campus teaching traditional Chinese Martial Arts. 

Charn Chai Pai Muay Thai Gym

Telephone: (+66) 84 91 81 498

Charn Chai Pai Muay Thai Camp

Located just a few hundred meters from the Pai Hospital, Charn Chai Muay Thai gym is owned and operated by ‘Bee’ Monkoldej Sitthepitak. During his career Sitthepitak was ranked number 1 at both Lumpinee and Rajadamnern with notable wins over Kompayak Sit.Kruawt & Phetarun Sor.Suwanpakdee.

The team of trainers at Charn Chai Pai Muay Thai camp is dedicated to teaching muay thai through demonstration, explanation and practice. Whether you’re a beginner with no previous experience or a fighter looking to get fit and develop your technique in preparation for a fight, you will benefit from their trainer’s expertise.



The morning session at Charn Chai is from 8 am-10 am, and the afternoon session runs from 3 pm-5 pm. A typical training session consists of jogging, skipping, bag work, pad work and sparring with emphasis on clinching in the afternoon. The gym caters for both fighters and hobbyists. The cost per session is 350 baht, or it’s 500 baht for both sessions in 1 day.

Bee and the team work closely with their students who choose to fight here in Thailand. If you would like to represent their muay thai camp in Thailand the team can organize fights in Chiang Mai, Mae Rim, Maehongson, Mae Sariang and the surrounding areas or at one of the festivals in Pai, Thailand. If you are a high level fighter with plenty of fight experience, Bee can organize fights in Bangkok and Pattaya and overseas in China and Malaysia.

Dowden Muay Thai Gym Pai

Dowden Muay Thai (formally Wisarut Muay Thai Boxing Gym) was founded more than 10 years by Mr. Wisarutwat who intends to pass on this martial arts to anyone interested to carry on Muay Thai.

Wisarut Pai Muay Thai Boxing Gym has recently been taken over by one of it’s former head Trainers Kru View.  Kru View has highly experience in Muay Thai techniques yet also able to combine Muay Thai with sport for making it fun to practice and as an aid to health and weight loss.

Located in rural Pai, Downden  Muay Thai has close by streams and surround with mountain views.  The gym commits to teaching the original Muay Thai technique to every student but making it a fun and relaxed atmosphere for the complete beginner. If you are looking for the original Muay Thai training, you are now at the right place.

We welcome beginners and professional fighters so if you would like a real Thai experience with training delivered by a professional Muay Thai fighter, then Pai is the place to be.

Half Day 300 Baht  |  Full Day 400 Baht   | 1 Week 2000 Baht   |  1 Month 7000 Baht
Accommodation available (Shared Dorms)  9000 Baht a Monk all Inclusive

Wisarut Pai Muay Thai Gym

Telephone: (+66) 097 969 0416
Website:  Facebook

Classes are Monday to Saturday 0800 – 1000 & 1600 – 1800.

Sitjemam Pai Muay Thai

Sitjemam Pai Muay Thai

Sitjemam Muay Thai is a run by manager Ms Supanee Changpradit and her husband Emmanuele Corti. The Muay Thai camp is located a 10-minute ride from Pai Town. Sitjemam Pai Muay Thai offers accommodation for those students who take the training a little more seriously and want total immersion.

1 session 400, 1 day(2 consecutive sessions) 600
1 week(2 daily session with a rest on sunday)
2500, 1 month(2 daily sessions with a rest on sunday) 9000
Private Tuition 700 thb/hr


Training + standard accommodation 1 week 4800 thb, 1 month 15000 thb, 3 months 42000, 6 months 78000
Aircon extra 500 thb/w or 2000 thb/m
Training + Economy accommodation
1 week 4000 thb, 1 month 13500, 3 months 37500, 6 months 72000
Trainer Course (7 days/14 hrs/incl.accommodation) 20000 thb
Equipment rental 100 thb/day, 300 thb/w
Scooter rental(incl. helmet) 100 thb/d, 2500 thb/m

Telephone: (+66) 83 321 2230

Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat

Run by Sufi Iain Armstrong, Nam Yant Kung Fu Pai, is a beautiful campus that set out to design the Kung Fu Retreat, as a perfect Kung Fu, Chi Kung (Qi Gong) and Meditation school.

Nam Yang teaches Southern Shaolin Martial Arts styles, including Tiger-Crane Kung Fu and Shaolin Weapons systems, Hard and Soft Chi Kung, and Shuang Yang Pei Ho or the Sun and Frost White Crane Soft Internal Art. Nam Yang has trained students to become world ranked martial artists and our demonstration teams have performed around the world.

The Mountain Retreat is designed to be the ultimate martial arts training Qigong and Meditation venue. It is set on 12.6 acres of land on the side of a mountain spur, bordering the jungle and maintaining awesome views across the Pai river valley to mountains which rise steadily to the Himalayas. In the early morning, when we begin training, the mountains are usually shrouded in mist which gradually clears as the sun rises. The school is built in the local Shan style architecture according to Chinese Feng shui principles.

Nam Yang Kung Fu Pai

Telephone: (+66) 082 298 8939

If your a Muay Thai Fighter Or Kung Fu Practitioner - Make it Official with a Sak Yant

The power of the Sak Yant grew in Thai culture after many warriors developed a reputation of being ghost like in the impossibility of harming or killing them in battles centuries ago.

The seemingly invincibility was attributed to the Sak Yant Tattoo’s, and for hundreds of years they have been used by people in dangerous occupations for extra protection.  Many occupations and hobbies, from Police, Army, Rescue workers, criminals and Muay Thai have used the traditional Thai Tattoo for the benefits of protection and success.

Sak Yant Tattoos for Muay Thai Fighters

Kung Fu Sak Yant Tattoo

As a Buddhist Spiritual Blessing the Sak Yant is also perfect for the Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Meditation devotee.  If you are looking for a Buddhist symbol for calm, peace, spirituality there are many designs that suit this purpose.

In addition the Traditional Thai Sak Yant Tattoo can offer help in developing certain personality traits.   Each pattern of Sak Yant Design and Meanings contains a magical blessing to bring about these qualities in the wearer.  Obviously the Sak Yant Tattoos for MMA and Muay Thai Fighters are going to focus on protection and strength, but the use of designs can also be used for a variety of reason that suit the individual fighter.  These Include:

  • Protection from Physical Harm and Danger
  • Bravery and Courage
  • Good Luck in all areas
  • Strength and Power
  • Mental Clarity and advance Strategic Thinking
  • Protection in all Areas
  • Peace and Calm
  • Dedication and Determination

As each Traditional Thai Sak Yant Tattoo for UFC, MMA and Muay Thai fighters have different representations, you will often see more than one Sak Yant on professional fighters.

The Following Muay Thai Tattoo Designs are the most popular for Pai Muay Thai Fighter because of the design meanings and Blessings.  However you can find out about more Sak Yant designs in our article Sak Yant Designs and Meanings

Tiger Sak Yant Tattoos for the MMA and Muay Thai Fighter

Twin Tiger Sak Yant for Muay Thai

Tiger Sak Yant Tattoo for Fighters comes in a variety of different designs with the most popular being the Twin Tiger Sak Yant. Other Tiger Sak Yant tattoos for Martial Artists have the Tiger looking back, the Headless Tiger and so on.

The Twin Tiger Sak Yant Tattoo is common among Thai people with dangerous occupations and Muay Thai Fighters.  The Tiger represents strength, power, protection and conviction, as well as authority over ones subordinates.

It is one of the most popular Muay Thai tattoo designs for fighters who would wish to emulate the strength and the power of a tiger in the ring.  This type of Sak Yant would be useful when the fighter relies on their brute strength to overcome their opponent rather than having well rounded skill sets of techniques

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Valentina Shevchenko Hanuman Sak Yant Tattoo

Hanuman (Monkey God) Sak Yant for Muay Thai

One of the most popular tattoos among Muay Thai fighters is Hanuman.  Hanuman is the Hindu mythical Monkey God in the time of Rama and  is invincible and has powers far greater than humans, including the ability to fly. In Thai culture Hanuman leads a monkey army to rid the world of unwanted spirits. His main traits were humility and bravery, he was looked upon as hope for humanity, demonstrating to man that a mortal being can in fact rise above the shallowness of our worldly plain.

There are different variations of Sak Yants with Hanuman. It is obtained and used to bestow the wearer with the qualities of protection  from danger as well as becoming fearless in the face of adversity. Hanuman also helps to strengthen self-confidence and can influence people on your behalf. It is also said to help one stay focused and gives the determination needed to see something through to a successful conclusion.

The belief is that the bearer will gain the benefits of bravery and courage.  Hanuman is worshiped by many people as a symbol of strength, perseverance, and devotion.

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UFC Fighter Cyril Gane and his 8 Direction Sak Yant Tattoo

Paed Tidt (Eight Directions) Muay Thai Tattoos Sak Yant for Fighters

The Paed Tidt Sak Yant Tattoo for Fighters (also known as the 8 Direction) will give you protection from harm and danger for any direction and ward off evil.

The circle represents one’s life with all the distractions that one has to encounter. The straight lines up represent the paths to enlightenment.  For the Mixed Martial Artist, or Muay Thai Fighter, the 8 Direction is ideal for a strong defensive style, where you are protected both by oncoming threats and have safety in each direction you might move.

A fighter might choose this design to enhance a counter attack style they already have, or as an aid to improving on defense and attack if they do not.

In addition the 8 Direction is a Master Yant, so it provides overall protection and good fortune for the wearer in dangerous occupations or traveling.

9 Peaks Sak Yant Tattoos for the MMA and Muay Thai Fighter

9 Peaks Sak Yant for Muay Thai Fighters

The 9 Peaks of Buddha or Gao Yord Sak Yant Tattoo is another one of the all purpose Master Sak Yants.  The 9 Peaks is within itself a multi purpose protection amulet that covers protection and success in all areas of life that can be related to the world of Muay Thai and fighting.

Within the Gao York Fighters Sak Yant are the following Blessings:

  1. improve your popularity and help you to gain preferential treatment.
  2. This benefit ensures that the wearer will not suffer serious injury.
  3. The ability to defeat the enemy.
  4. Great power, authority and control over other people.
  5. A willingness to go to war or to fight battles
  6. Magical protection and invincibility.
  7. Bring great good fortune and luck.
  8. Improve your destiny, fate
  9. Give protection against accidents including protection against acts of violence.

A popular choice to go in the middle of the back it allows for the addition of a couple of 5 Line Sak Yants as well

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Sangwan Necklace sak Yant for Muay Thai Fighters

The Sangwan Necklace Sak Yant Tattoo is another very popular Muay Thai Tattoo for fighters.

A wide variety of designs are available with most of them being a 3-layer necklace, sometimes with an additional Yant placed in the middle.

The Sangwan Sak Yant tattoo has 3 lines which mean

  1. A virtue of great mercy
  2. Great power and prestige
  3. Invulnerable, avoiding danger

This Sak Yant is often selected by MMA fighters for its ability to make them invincible without the need to destroy their opponents. A great choice for the fighter who finds themselves getting emotionally carried away during fights to remain in control of the rage and violence and provide mercy when needed to the defeated fighter

Muay Thai Tattoo 5 Line Sak Yant

5 Line (Hah Taew) Sak Yant for Muay Thai Fighters

The Hah Taew Sak Yant Tattoos for MMA Fighters is another Master Yant which contains blessings for both fighting and personal life qualities. This 5 Line Tattoo design dates back over 500 years and is one of the reasons the Sak Yant has gained a world wide reputation for developing protection and invincibility.  

  • The first row prevents unjust punishment and leans in your favor when the area is grey, cleans out unwanted spirits and protects the place you live in.
  • The second row reverses and protects against bad horoscope constellations and bad fortune.
  • The third row protects you from the use of black magic and anyone who tries to put a curse on you.
  • The fourth row energizes your good luck, success and fortune in your future ambitions and life style.
  • The fifth row is to gain charisma and attraction to the opposite sex. It is also is a boost to the fourth row.

The 5 Line Tattoo for Muay Thai is used as a general good luck and protection, and as a counter balance for other Fighters Tattoos that are positioned in the middle of the back.

Sak Yant Tattoos for Muay Thai Tattoo Combinations

Because different Sak Yant designs for fighters represent different meanings, it is not uncommon for a MMA fighter to have a variety of Sak Yant Tattoos. Sak Yants have been designed over many hundreds of years to work together and as such the designs can merge seamlessly into each other creating an overall design.

Traditionally getting a MMA Sak Yant Tattoo is done as the fighter feels they are required to enhance their fighting ability and quality of life.  Now days as Mixed Martial Artists come to Thailand and train in Muay Thai, many fighters choose to get a few Sak Yants at the same time while they are here and able to obtain the real Sak Yant.

Real Sak Yant Tattoos for Fighters are applied by Sak Yant Masters (Not Tattoo Artists) who will chant magical spells during the application of the design and provide a Blessing at the end of the experience. Because the Sak Yant Masters first and primary skill is a knowledge of magic and spells, a true Sak Yant Tattoo (with real magical text included) will often times not have the clean and artistic lines that a fake provided by a Tattoo artist might.  For many MMA and Muay Thai fighters, this is a testament to the purity of the art and profession as a fighter, and makes the time and effort to obtain the real thing an important part of their training and life.

Sak Yant for Mauy Thai Fighters

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Sorry Sak Yant Pai is no longer operating as we could not match the high standards and quality of work provides at Sak Yant Chiang Mai.