Soi Taied is a very long street in Phuket renowned for hosting some world class fitness training facilities.
Back in August 2017, I decided to check out what all the fuss was about and spend 2 weeks immersing myself in the fitness culture on Soi Taied.
I’ve always loved Muay Thai and whenever I travel to Thailand, I always make an effort to check out any nearby Muay Thai training centres.
Over the years, I’ve taken Muay Thai classes in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao. After taking Muay Thai classes with Tiger Muay Thai back in August — I was truly blown away.
My Return To Soi Taied
In less than 5 weeks after my first Soi Taied trip, I booked a flight with Malaysian airlines and my accommodation with Cocoville for another 2 weeks!
If you’d like to watch a short video of me catching a flight and trying to make the 3 pm Muay Thai class, check it out here. In the same video, you’ll get a taste of the beginner Muay Thai class, the accommodation that I am staying at, and a bit of what Soi Taied has to offer.
The Accommodation Near Soi Taied
Above, you’ll see that I paid $481 AUD for 12 nights at Cocoville. Incredible value! Well, I think it is 🙂
The mistake I made the first time I visited Soi Taied back in August 2017 was the location of my accommodation.
I stayed at Lemonade, Phuket which was about a 15–20 minute walk from Soi Taied, off the main highway. The highway noise penetrated the walls of my room which wasn’t too much of an issue — I just wished I chose accommodation that was closer.
The primary reason for accommodation that is either located on Soi Taied or on a side street from Soi Taied is that it allows you to quickly have a shower, get changed, and quickly prepare for your next class.
There were times back in August where I would deliberately hang around Tiger Grill in wet clothes, waiting to do the next class because I couldn’t be bothered walking 30 minutes each way to have a shower and get changed.
This is what my room looked like at Cocoville.
A very comfortable bed, quiet, and a 7-minute walk to Tiger Muay Thai. No bed bugs. It was perfect for the price.
I’ve stayed in some shitty places and I had no problems during my stay, whatsoever. I also met with the manager who showed me the co-working space upstairs.
And when I stepped out of my room. I almost fell into a swimming pool — perfect for jumping into after an intense Muay Thai class.
And because I am a video blogger in need of a super fast internet connection, Cocoville was able to tick that box, too.
I ran a speed test on the WiFi speed in the restaurant area of Cocoville. This was the result.
In the 12 nights that I spent at Cocoville, I never experienced a single WiFi dropout. I worked on my laptop almost every night in the restaurant and made the most of these super fast upload speeds.
So if you want to see video of the accommodation, click and watch this short video for a quick preview. It’s not a comprehensive video. If you’d like one, let me know and I will make one available.
Lastly, the food was also pretty good at Cocoville. I ate dinner there most nights due to working on my laptop in the restaurant area. Their protein-loaded oatmeal pancakes were my absolute favourite…!
Here is one of my Instagram brags of the oatmeal pancake I had.
And if you are into your steamed fish and veggies like me, then you’ll love the simple portions they serve at this place.
One evening, I had steamed fish and veggies on the side.
I can go on and on about the food I had at Cocoville but you get the idea.
My Biggest Motivation For Returning To Soi Taied
The people. Period.
Yes, the training, also! But the people is what makes the training fun and worthwhile. In the above photo, a big group of us did the Big Buddha Run which starts at the bottom of a hill and finishes at… the Big Buddha 🙂
Side Note: I shot a very short YouTube video of the Big Buddha Run experience and the awesome fun we had — despite it actually being a little challenging. Watch the video here and you can also experience the fun we had next time you decide to check out Soi Taied.
But seriously, there is nowhere else that I know of on earth where you can meet so many different nationalities of people that share the same passion for health and fitness. You’ll find there are people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds, ages, and training backgrounds. From the 8-year-old mastering their Muay Thai craft to compete for their home country of Lebanon, to someone like me with very little Muay Thai experience 🙂
Sorry for the photo spam that will follow but I knew nobody when I first arrived on to Soi Taied. After my first week, I would often bump into the same people while passing down the street or at the local Family Mart.
These two guys in the photo below are from Austria. We did an MMA class together and I was paired up with the guy on my left.
Yep… I almost died from multiple head locks! 🙁
He absolutely nailed me! If you’d like to watch the video where I get totally annihilated in my first MMA class with Tiger Muay Thai, go ahead and you might be entertained.
Here are some of the awesome people that I met in my beginner and intermediate Muay Thai classes at Tiger Muay Thai on Soi Taied.
So…. the people! 🙂
The biggest downside is the turnover of people. So, when you begin to form really good friendships with people — they leave!
Almost everyone will stay at Soi Taied for a maximum of 2 months, possibly extending for an additional month when doing a visa run. There are quite a few Western trainers that are here and almost all of them are on 12 month contracts — more permanent than 2 months!
When I arrived to Soi Taied for the first time in August, I formed really good friendships very quickly. So much so, after a few days of meeting a few people in one particular clique, I was invited to someone’s “going away party.” Yeah… a “leaving Soi Taied” party. This is what makes Soi Taied unique!
When I left Soi Taied in August and returned in September, almost everyone I had met had left, except a very small handful of people. But, before I knew it, I had befriended a new bunch of people that I would later hang out with after the classes.
My Biggest Piece Of Advice
Hire a scooter! If you plan on staying here for longer than a few days — and most people do — you must hire a scooter!
Sure, if you are staying at your accommodation within a very short walking distance to Soi Taied — and you should be — you could argue that it is not necessary. But trust me, as enjoyable as Soi Taied can be, it is good to escape “The Soi” and head to a beach for a change of scenery.
All training centres are closed on Sundays so most people usually jump on a scooter and bail for the coast, or Phi Phi island.
If you don’t know how to ride one, learn to ride one in your home country before you come over. You will save so much money on the ripoff taxis here in Phuket.
And remember, I have travelled to Thailand about a half a dozen times over the past few years — and I’ve travelled all over Thailand. The most expensive taxis are found in Phuket and they will not budge on their prices. Anywhere else in Thailand (or Asia,) you can usually get a much cheaper fare when negotiated upfront.
Not in Phuket. Drivers have carded their prices at rates that mimic Western prices for similar distances. Expect to pay 800 Baht for a taxi from Phuket International airport to Soi Taied. It will cost you about 500 Baht for the driver to take you to a destination 20 minutes away!
On the other hand, expect to pay 200 Baht per day for a scooter from most rental shops on Soi Taied. You are paying too much if you shell out more than 300 Baht per day, irrespective of the Thai salesperson claiming it to be a “new model.”
In August, I hired a “chopper” where I felt like a king on the roads in Phuket. I actually rode around part of the island. Again, here is a short video of me taking my chopper out for a spin 🙂
Let me know if you decide to travel to Soi Taied. I met alot of people there and learned the experiences from trainers, other travellers, and thoroughly documented my training journey on my YouTube channel.
My Soi Taied Training Vlog Series
If you are really interested in what my typical training days on Soi Taied are like before you come here, feel free to watch some of the daily vlogs I created from the playlist below. I will be heading back to Soi Taied in early 2018 so let me know if you plan on heading there and we could possibly meet up.
Have you been to Soi Taied? Would you like to go and have questions?
Leave them in the comments below!