2 Weeks In Thailand

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Hi guys,
Planning my first trip to Thailand next Easter for 2 weeks and was wondering would it be better to go to one camp for 2 weeks or 2 camps for 1 week each?

1 camp 2 weeks. Even then 2 weeks is far too short a time. If you come from a colder climate then you'll be lucky to acclimatise properly before your time is up.

take more time. 2 weeks is too short, especially if you plan to travel to different places. 2 months is more like it. I wouldn't bother going if 2 weeks was all I could get.

2 weeks isn't a lot of time, so it might make sense to do 1 group class a day and 1 private session a day to make the most of it. Like TomS said, it will be hard for you to acclimatize to the weather here in that short amount of time, so if your body can't handle 2 sessions a day, I'd opt for doing 1 private lesson a day. it's more expensive, but you'll learn a lot more technique and won't waste your trip. Good luck!

do you guys really need so long to acclimatize..? for me 2 days is enough to get used to the heat

Since he's not fighting, acclimating probably won't matter. But its better to build rapport and relationships with a padholder or trainer.

Damien your profile says your from the Netherlands? I haven't been there so can't comment on their weather.

From NZ, going from training 2 hours a day in 5-20 degree heat and in 20% humidity --> training 4 hours a day 30-35 degree heat and 70% humidity, does take at least one to two weeks to adapt to.

Whether you're fighting or not, if your body isn't acclimatised and you're struggling to recover between sessions and survive sessions, then you're not maximising what you could learn. Being fit and adjusted allows you to absorb more technique and learnings.

1 camp 2 weeks for sure

I'm pretty weak but it only took me 3 days and 2 drunken sessions to go from training 2 hours, 3 times a week to 2 hours twice a day and adding 6 extra privates. I never realised I able to power through so much. But everyone is different so just hope for the best.

Thanks guys, I was planning on 1 camp for 2 weeks but thought it wouldnt hurt to ask, I can only afford to take 2 weeks off due to work but I was hopping to be able to go over again at the end of next year aswell

Sparky, I am from Belgium and acclimatisation takes me less then an hour :-)
but going to Thailand for only 2 weeks? in that case I would not train and just enjoy your holiday.
the time is to short to get in to the whole training regime and before you are starting to learn something you ll be back home

Don't listen to naysayers, I went for 2 weeks and I loved it!, I am going again end of april/may 2 weeks, the heat is fine it isn't as bad as Pakistan or Bangkok in terms of humidity or Sun so it'll be fine, but being brown myself I can say it took me 1 hour and I was fine and I came from UK which was absolutely freezing, go and enjoy, I am planning to try out Rawai Supa and head back to Dragon this time. So 2 camps 2 weeks for me.

If you go to a teaching gym you can learn a lot in 2 weeks, go for it!

Thanks guys, I no 2 weeks isn't very long but hopefully training twice a day with half a dozen or so private sessions I'm sure I'll learn a lot and I'm only interested in going over to train, I'd rather save my money then go over just for a holiday, I want to head up to the Chiang mai area where it's quieter, more out of the way and cheaper but still trying to decide between gyms charn chai, santai and sitjemam

From what I've heard Santi is the pick of the Chiang Mai gyms provided you can secure a booking (as it's often full). I've trained at several Chiang Mai gyms but am yet to train there though (on my to do list).

It's also quite isolated though which is probably a good thing in your case as it allows you to dedicate your training.

Would recommend making contact now if you want to go ahead as the last thing you want to do is leave it to the last minute and find out that there's no vacancy.

Ok thanks for the advice tom, will look into it .

I really dont feel like it took time to acclimate at all, I was ready to roll when I got off the plane and I was coming from negative 10 degree weather to 110 hot season.. I was happy to be out of the cold and loving it LOL

But yea if you want to get the most out of it, my suggestion would be to make sure you are in the best shape you can be before you get to Thai land in the spring... This way your body can take 2 sessions a day and get the most out of your 2 weeks... Not sure what kind of shape you are in, but try ripping through some kind of kick your ass cardio program and make sure your in shape.. thats just my 2 cents... I went for 5 weeks or so and felt after 2 weeks like I was in a good rhythm so I think you will have a blast and probably be stoked to come back asap. I am only going for 3 weeks this time and I feel thats enough to get some good training in.

Hi Sparky, next Easter should be April 5th 2015?

Thai New Year (Song Kran) falls on April 13-15. Our gym doesnt run regular training during this time, though private lessons can be arranged, and the gym is also open for training on your own or with other students. Yet Song Kran is a great holiday to experience!

You can supliment your training with celebrating Song Kran :). Chiang Mai area is a great place to be during this time.

Two camps, one week each.

"2 weeks is great, IŽd go for 1 week if that was all the time I had. Of course 2 months is better but come on, give him a break.


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