Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thailand Day 2: Sasiprapa and Thai Massage

Our first day of training was this morning at Sasiprapa gym.  I was pretty excited as well as a little nervous and it definitely affected my sleep.  I fell asleep at 11:30 and woke up at 3am, lay in bed for an hour wide awake, and decided to just get up at 4am.

The training session at Sasiprapa was exhausting but a lot of fun.  The trainers were all very welcoming and helpful and seemed to enjoy us being there as much as we were.  We started out skipping rope and shadow boxing, then did 4 rounds on the thai pads, bag work, drilled technique, and finished with more bag work.  The humidity is just crazy, and by the time the session is over you're just soaked from head to toe.  Afterward we took a Thai style shower where you scoop water from a tub with a bowl and pour it over yourself.  My first experience training at an authentic Thai gym was amazing.

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My pad holder

Here's a short video of Rungravee kicking the Thai Pads.  Rungravee is a top 3 ranked fighter.  Dude is a beast.

After training we headed to one of the million food stall in Thailand for lunch.

Noodle and Mushroom dish.  I ate 2 of these.

Chinese Broccoli and Mushroom Dish


After Lunch we headed to the Health Land Spa for some traditional thai massage.  The best way I can describe it is part pleasure part torture.  It was really interesting how much they use their entire bodies.  They basically get on mattress on the floor with you and proceed to dig into your muscles, contort you, and stand on you.  I don't know if I really enjoyed it, but is was a good experiance.  And cheap.  A 2 hour massage is like 700 baht, about $23 dollars; $26-27 with tip.

Tonight is dinner and then we head to Rajadomnern stadium to watch some Muay Thai fights.  I'll probably be too tired to post afterwards, but will hopefully get some photos up tomorrow.


  1. I don't know much about Thailand, but I don't know if I'd recommend eating at a "foot stall" again ;-)

    Other than that, it sounds like an awesome experience!