Living and training in Thailand can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. MMA and Muay Thai gyms are popping up all over, with their main clientele being tourists. And where there are tourist, there are tourist prices.
The gym membership alone is pricey unless you have a sponsorship, so saving on accommodation is a must if you are on a tight budget like me. I found you can save hundreds by finding accommodation offsite of the gym. You can easily find weekly and monthly rooms within walking distance of most places.
For example, let’s take a look at Team Quest in Chiang Mai. For a single room onsite, it is 7,000 baht a month (aprox: $215). Great deal right? Well….not exactly. Thais in that area do not pay that much for accommodation, and neither should you.
Just a ten minute walk up the road you will find the DD apartments, a monthly room will run you about 2,500 baht or $80 a month. That is less than half the cost of an onsite room! Apartments like this can be found next to most gyms in Thailand.
So how do you go about finding these apartments? I found it best just to walk the area of the gym in which you wish to train, and ask a few places. I prefer doing this over finding a room online. The reason being is doing an online search will only bring up the apartments with English websites, and the top results in google also tend to be the most expensive. Also beware of gyms advertising offsite rooms they are over priced ,and the gym typically gets a kickback for the referral.
Check out the video of the two rooms I stayed at while training at Jit Muang Nun Gym in Bangkok. One is $60 a month, and the other is $140!
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