13 coins can be found in Bangkok Thailand. Only a short drive from Bangkok airport, 13 coins is located at Praram 9 Soi 57 (Visetsuk 3), Suanluang Bangkok, Thailand. There are cheap food stalls and a hairdresser on the same road, cafes, shops, big malls, pharmacies, doctor clinics and massage places are just a short taxi ride away and some nice nightclubs like RCA a bit further down. There is a huge Hospital called Samitivej Srinakarin literally just a walk away from 13 coins resort where you can also go to get access to an ATM , fruit smoothies, multivitamins and a small 7/11 type shop called family mart where you can buy phone credit, washing powder, shampoo and anything else you can think of.
The easiest way to get to 13 coins is to get in contact with the gym and have them send some staff down to pick you up at the airport. It will only cost you 300 baht which is nothing to pay just to avoid any confusion getting to 13 coins and having to drive aimlessly with your taxi driver while he pretends he knows where the place is. Be sure to take one of the hotels cards to give to taxi drivers when you need to go back to the gym.
Price and Accommodation
Staying at the13 Coins Resort is great if you only plan on staying for a maximum of 1 month twin share. For a month’s training and accommodation twin share it is 54,000 Baht a month. So 27,000 Baht each a month which is aprrox $900 USD so $30 a day for accommodation, training and free breakfast. That way the price won’t break the bank, depending on your budget of course. Staying at the gym provides you with a swimming pool, free water, free breakfast which can be anything under 100 Baht from the menu plus a drink, free Chinese tea, 80 baht to do a big load of laundry that can be split between you and your room mate and of course the chance to hang out with Saenchai, Pornsenah and Orono after classes since you can always find them nearly everynight at the snooker table. Mr. Coke is also a great person to have around if it’s your first trip to Bangkok. He can set you up with anything if you just ask nicely, as he always says he’s a big shot in Bangkok and everyone knows him.
The restaurant has a large menu of reasonably priced food with quick service. It also has 3 computers with internet access in the Lobby. Accommodation here is very nice, with Cable T.V, a small fridge, air conditioning, shower and bath with hot water and wifi. One thing about the wifi. It only works if you are in rooms 100 to the 200 buildings or if you take your laptop to the restaurant. If your in the 300 and 400 buildings, sorry but no connection for you. Make sure you ask for a room near the restaurant to make sure you get wifi from your room.
For long term stays, there are apartments that go for 6000 baht a month. They are really nice and come furnished. All you need to buy is a tv and fridge for cheap and your set. Most apartments are a 50 baht drive from 13 coins. You can leave your equipment in lockers at 13 coins gym so you can just run to the gym every morning for your warm up. Should only take you 20 mins at a reasonable paced jog.
Just to let everyone know, Mr.Coke is in the process of planning out some Budget accommodation for those on a tight budget. He will be setting it up right next to the gym where all the fighters actually live. Below is video i took of the accommodation and restaurant.
Training starts at 6.30 in the morning if you want to go run. Everyone meets at the gym and we all hop on a small truck that drives us to the running track near Rajamengala Stadium to run laps. After 30 mins to 45 mins we all drive back. Back at the gym, it’s totally up to you to skip, shadowbox and hit the bag. Once you wrap up and put gloves on you’ll eventually be called into the ring by a trainer to do pad rounds. The number and duration of pad rounds depends on how much your can handle. If you can make it, you can do 5 rounds of 5 mins. Between rounds there’s nice ice cold water for you to drink right next to the ring and a spit bowl if you have any loogies in your mouth you want to hock up Mmmm yummy.
After your pad rounds it’s entirely up to you to hang around for more bag work, clinching, sparring and sit ups. There are plenty of Thais to do all your clinching and sparring with. If you show commitment, the Thai trainers will start to call you in to clinch with the Thais. Training at 13 Coins is unlike any other gym i have been to in Phuket. Like Saengmorakot gym in Bangkok though, it is very unstructured. This can be a bad thing for some people but can be good for others. You wont have a Thai guy blowing a whistle and timing you on everything you do like Sinbi Muay Thai does. You wont even have instructors tell you to skip, then shadowbox and then go hit the bag. Everything is entirely up to you. If you have come to train, then train. If you feel lazy and just wanna hit the pads and leave then so be it.
Like Saengmorakot gym in Bangkok, you are expected to go do the run, then skip yourself and then hit the bag, wait to be called up by a trainer to do pads, then go hit the bag some more, then get in the ring yourself once the Thais start clinching and even ask them to spar if you want to, but the trainers aren’t going to tell you to go and do it all. You have to motivate and push yourself. Just like the Thais do at the gym. If they want to fight and get fit, then they have to show up and train. The trainers will notice your commitment and after a few days, they will come up to you while your working the heavy bag and tell you what your doing wrong and give you tips to improve and work on.
While training a waitress will come around usually twice during the sessions handing out some replenishing sugar cane drinks and even red Fanta for free to all those who are training and even visitors that are just lounging around watching. Mr.Coke is always sitting in his captains chair smoking on average 10 packets a day. While you train he’ll constantly be shouting encouragement and advice to you, telling you to go harder and kick the other guys ass. Sometimes I’m pretty sure he talks to the Thai guy your clinching or sparring telling them to let you kick their ass haha. Here’s a video of the yummy red Fanta we get during training.
Trainers at the Gym
There is about 8 Trainers/Padholders at the gym at gym right now. As for trainers you could say 20 since all the Thai fighters hep you out with your Muay Thai as well. The 8 Trainer/Padholders are Ton, Tik, Ou, Orono, Jar, Son, Lord, and Chouk (kwonpijet). I always hear great things about Son and Lord, though i have never been with them. I usually train with Jar who will work you hard on the pads. Every other training sessions i go with Ou because he is a technique master and will correct every little thing he can pick up on and make you feel like your technique means shit from wherever you learnt it. Chouk is also great to go with as he is a Boxer now and will work your hands to the max.
In the end i really enjoyed doing pads with Jar. He started to pick up the pace as i gradually improved, provided me with more variety on the pads and we both started to flow together a lot more. Finding a trainer you like is a very personal thing, and not everyone will favour the same one that you do. We all look for different things in trainers as well as gyms. So just remember, a trainer i like a recommend may not be the one you end up wanting to go with.
The gym now has four rings. The fourth was built just before i left. Mr. Coke even bought all the padholders new Kaewsamrit pads. If you have ever used these or kicked them you’ll know they are great. There are a number of bags, floor to ceiling ball, 2 speed balls and a few treadmills and a home made sauna room with ginger and tea leaves in it..
There’s limited room for skipping and shadow boxing, but this depends on how many people are using the open space. You’ll usually find that not many people use it and so it’s free, but isn’t very large compared to gyms in Phuket. Another small problem is the spacing between the ring and the punching bags. It leaves little space for people to walk through and occasionally you’ll have to briefly stop hitting the bag while someones walking behind you, otherwise they are likely to cop and elbow to the face.
Here’s a tour of the gym that i recorded.
All the rings are surrounded by the Captains chairs for anyone who wants the lounge around and watch the training. You’ll always find mister Coke in one of them watching everyone train. The gym is covered in memorabilia of the muay thai fighters at the gym. Especially of Orono, Pornsenah, Saenchai, Kwanpijet and Toto who is a waiter by day at 13 coins and padholder by night! There’s numerous paintings on the wooden Thai style housing of the the gym and good old American tunes blaring out of the gyms speakers.
What Sets it Apart?
I found at 13 Coins it wasn’t the trainers I had to look to, to push me to train, but instead I myself had to find my own motivation to train. This was a change from the norm but can be seen in a positive light in that I had learn to motivate and commit to something as grueling as training twice a day without someone on my back all the time. Though there were days where this didn’t work in my favour when i was feeling like a lazy bastard.
I found Mr. Coke to be the most inviting and welcoming character. If it wasn’t for him and his boundless generosity i wouldn’t have found my stay at 13 Coins as fun as it was. Mr coke is there from the crack of dawn to watch everyone train, then you’ll likely catch him hanging around the outdoor section of the restaurant or still at the gym during the day. When afternoon session comes aorund he’s right back in his captains chair keeping a keen eye on everyone while talking to them and asking questions to learn more about who they are. He will then stay and have dinner at the resort and a bottle of wine before retiring back home, usually quite late in the night. There were numerous occasions where Mr. Coke would shout us free food and wine, then he’d bring us all in the restaurant for some karaoke and to get down and jiggy with some dancing.
Mr.Coke can also set you up with an experience of a lifetime. If you don’t want to fight in the ring, whats the next best thing? Cornering for one of the Thai fighters at Bangkoks top stadiums, that’s what.
And of course meeting, drinking, eating and hanging out with all the great famous fighters at the gym, like Orono, Pornsenah, Saenchai, and Asanee Suwan (Beautiful Boxer Actor who played Nong Toom)
All in all being at 13 Coins Gym for a month was an experience of a lifetime. I trained my ass off, made lifelong friends and will have amazing memories that I’ll keep forever.
For anyone thinking of coming to 13 Coins, i highly recommend you come down and I’m sure you’ll love it.
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