Posted in Blog on June 29, 2010
Well this isn’t really a review, so i haven’t put it in the review section. It more just me blabbering on about a Muay Thai gym in Bangkok that many don’t know about. I went to the gym in 2009. Though i did enjoy my time there, I don’t think i trained there for long enough to give it a review it deserves.
Finding the gym was abit of a hassle i have to say. Even with the written address it seemed that no one knew where it was.
I had the taxi driver take us to Prince Palace hotel where i have been told by numerous people to go to and ask the staff there where the gym is and they would easily point me in the right direction. Maybe it was a bad day for me and all the staff that knew the whereabouts of the gym had a sick day. I asked up to 5-6 people at the hotel where the gym was to no avail.
It took awhile and abit of walking around until we finally found a tuk tuk driver who said he knew where it was and at last i found myself at the gym. So a word of caution to anyone who is thinking about going there, be prepared for alot of mucking around. The gym is seriously a walk away from Prince Palace hotel and cannot be seen from the streets as it is in a gated area surrounded by walls.
The address for anyone wondering is 281/1 Dumrongrak Road, Pomprab Mahanark, Bangkok 10100
Here’s a map to help. You see where the “A” is on the map? That is Wat Sitaram That’s exactly where Saengmorakot gym is. You can walk there from Rajadamnern Stadium but it’ll take a few mins.
The gym is quite small. It has one Ring, and around 6 bags. The floor is carpeted. It is not a tourist gym, farang are few and far between. The boys there are very welcoming and helped me alot when I first showed up. They called Jartui the owner to come down and they were not expecting me. Then they all invited me into a small makeshift room right next to the ring to watch Muay Thai fights.
The owner Jartui speaks decent English. He was very helpful and kind enough to invite me to Channel 7 stadium fights the next day where he pushed us pass the long line of angry Thais and officials and straight into the stadium.
He even took me to Harnamark Stadium where i met an Aussie favourite of mine, Soren Mongontong and Dzabhar from Contender Asia and then to Lumpinee.
Fighters you may know that have or currently train(ed) at Saengmorakot:
Pinsiam Sor. Amnuaysirichoke
Wisan Lek Sor. Todsapol
Gaodaeng Yai “” “”
Orono Wor. Petchpun (Infinity)
Eli ‘MadDog’ Madigan (AU)
Dusan Salva (AU)
Taylor Harvey (AU)
Pamorn Martdee (AU)
Theresa Carter (AU)
Stephynee Bouquet (AU)
Here’s some footage i took when i was there in 2009.
And one from Sanegmorakot Gym themselves
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