The crisp, cool air is a drastic difference to Phuket’s humidity or Bangkok’s pollution. Situated in a mountainous range just 40 minutes south of Hua Hin, this is Sam Roi Yot. Literally translating as ‘300 peaks’, Sam Roi Yot is a sleepy little beach town complete with everything from camping at Monkey Island national park, intense hikes, gourmet coffee, to a fully functioning MMA and Muay Thai Gym.
301 Gym was opened in April 2010 by Yoann Gouaida. Originally from France, Yoann has been living in Thailand since he was a teenager. It was in his early twenties that he decided to permanently migrate to Thailand, thus began the search to find a place to call his own. As like many who visit Sam Roi Yot, he fell in love.
A father of two, Yoann is still an active fighter.
In his career Yoann held many accolades, racking up over 60 professional fights in both MMA and Muay Thai; he is a two time WPMF World Champion.
The gym is complete with both a MMA cage and a Muay Thai ring for pad work and clinching. There are two stable Thai trainers, both of whom originally hail from Isaan and have a combined total of over 500 fights as well as years of experience training both Thai and foreign fighters.
There is a lot of opportunity to fight in the area. Hua Hin has two Muay Thai stadiums that together host four promotions a week. In addition, there are the festival and temple fights that happen regularly throughout the year. If this is not enough for you, Bangkok is only a four-hour drive away.
301 Gym Training Packages and Costs
The gym offers all-inclusive training packages that include accommodation, twice daily training sessions, as well as breakfast and dinner. Food is served buffet-style, offering both Thai and Western cuisine and perfectly adapted for athletes.
Ten Days – 11,000 THB Accommodation in a Shared Room
Ten Days – 17,000 THB Accommodation in a Private Room
One Month – 26,000 THB Accommodation in a Shared Room
One Month – 38,000 THB Accommodation in a Private Room
Check out their website for more training information.
After receiving a Muay Thai scholarship to train at a prominent gym in Northern Thailand, Watthanaya packed her bags at 19 leaving home with a one way ticket. She ended up however at a Bangkok street gym affiliated with Sor. Thanikul and married one of the fighters. They took off for Khorat and Watthanaya fought her way through Issan. Now, with a degree in tote, a four year old daughter, and a passion to fight again, she is back. Connect with Frances Watthanaya on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.