Looking at learning Muay Thai or getting in shape at the ultimate fitness location in the world? Let me introduce… Soi Taied 😛
If you are reading this then someone has probably told you about their training experience on Soi Taied and you are keen on seeing what all the fuss is about.
If this is you, hang tight. I’m about to give you some top tips before you come and visit this fitness “heaven” tucked away on a very long street in Phuket — also known casually as “Fighters street” or Soi Taied.
The best way I can explain Soi Taied to someone who has never been here is to relate it to other streets famous for other things. Rodeo Drive (Los Angeles) for glitz and glamour, Chapel Street (Melbourne) for shopping and cafes, Wall Street for economics and trading, and so on. Well… Soi Taied is a street dedicated to the fitness fanatic… like me (and you, perhaps!)
What Is Soi Taied All About?
If you Google Soi Taied you’ll be pointed to a very long street in Chalong (Phuket.) It is filled with training centres for different styles of martial arts (Muay Thai, MMA, BJJ, K1,) gyms, supplement stores, and eateries that have menus specifically designed for weight loss goals.
You’ll also stumble into small bamboo protein shacks on Soi Taied (pictured above and below.) You’ll pay 60 Baht for a 24 gram protein shake with your choice of any of the fruits displayed on the bench in front of you.
Here is another random “protein bar” that you’ll find as you walk down Soi Taied. The protein bar that you see pictured below is directly beside Unit 27 — the strength and conditioning CrossFit training centre.
Side Note: I wrote an article titled “My Return To Soi Taied For 12 Days In September 2017” where you’ll learn about the accommodation I stayed in, my internet upload speeds, and the friendships I made with people from around the world. Go and check it out.
As you walk down Soi Taied, you’ll walk past training centres like Unit 27. You’ll often see the CrossFit crowds run out onto the street and up the hill in the hot Thailand sun.
It looks something like this.
There is also a really good eatery appropriately named — Muscle Bar. Everything on the menu is labelled with their macronutrient and calorie breakdowns so you can meal plan according to your goals.
Hire A Motorbike (Or Scooter)
This is a huge recommendation. Huge! The reason for this is because taxis are a rip off. I’ve mentioned this suggestion in other articles and videos but it cannot be ignored.
If you plan on staying on Soi Taied for longer than a week and you can ride a scooter or motorbike, hire one on a week to week basis. It will cost you around 1,500 Baht ($60 AUD) which is nothing compared to the return cost of a taxi to any destination away from Soi Taid (Karon, Patong, etc.) Expect to pay 800 Baht ($30 AUD) for a single return trip. It’s not worth it.
During my first trip to Soi Taied in August 2017, I hired a “chopper.” Check it out.
If you’d like to watch a 4-minute video of me taking this beast out onto the streets of Thailand. Click here. Because everything on Soi Taied is closed on Sunday, it is not a bad idea to hire a scooter or motorbike and get away from this street. In my short video, I took my chopper to Kata and Patong beaches. It was amazing!
And you can’t talk the taxi driver down as they have printed their prices on a price list. It’s not like anywhere else in Thailand or Asia where you can use your epic negotiation skills to get a better deal. It doesn’t work like that in Phuket. The market is the market. Hire a scooter or motorbike. It’s the only way to win.
I’ve had a few people ask me whether they will meet people if they travel to Soi Taied and train. Of course 🙂
I’ve solo travelled to Soi Taied twice and within the first beginner Muay Thai class at Tiger Muay Thai, I had befriended 1–2 people in the class that I later had lunch with. In almost every single one of my short Soi Taied Vlogs on my YouTube page, you’ll see me interview several different people that I stumble into.
Here is a playlist to go and check out over on my YouTube channel — you’ll be quickly convinced that this place is also a haven to meet like-minded people from all around the world.
I’ve spent a total of 4 weeks on Soi Taied across two separate trips. I can honestly say that you will always bump into the same people on Soi Taied, from day to day. You’ll cross paths multiple times, eat together, train together, and perhaps find the love of your life! 🙂
Here is my short list.
Yamine from Switzerland
I met Yamine when I was doing a beginner Muay Thai class with Tiger Muay Thai. He is a Muay Thai fighter from Switzerland. He did so well that he was invited to fight at Galaxy stadium which I followed along and filmed for him.
If you want to watch a video that I created for Yamine where he fought his first professional Muay Thai fight in Thailand, go and check it out here.
The Big Buddha Run
The guys pictured above were part of the Big Buddha run that I did with Tiger Muay Thai.
The guy on my left is from the U.K and the one on the right is from Argentina!
By the way, if you are keen on doing this awesome little run with a group of people up to the Big Buddha statue (and lookout,) you’ll need to register with Tiger Muay Thai on Monday. The run commences at around 7 am on Tuesday. The Big Buddha run is every Tuesday!
I actually created a short 5-minute video on my YouTube channel of this awesome run — you can watch it here. If you like the idea of this run then don’t forget to sign up. You might even see me on this run!
You’ll even develop a really good relationship with some of the trainers here. After all, you do see them for up to 4 hours a day, 6 days per week!
You’ll become really attached to Soi Taied. Trust me.
It is the reason why I’ve done two separate trips to Soi Taied, 4 weeks apart, for a total of almost 14 days each.
This is probably one of the most popular places that alot of fitness fanatics hang out for a feast. It’s cheap, it’s on Soi Taied, and the menu serves up clean calories for those looking at shedding weight while tracking calories.
Don’t be put off by the menu though. The menu looks like it survived the era where asteroids hit the earth. Check this out (I joked about it on Instagram.)
What you see on the cover of the menu actually looks like this in real life (and it tastes amazing, don’t worry.)
The vegetables are plain and there are no added oils or anything hidden that most other restaurants in the world will throw into their meals. The chicken is steamed or grilled.
One time I opted for the sweet potato, veggies, and salmon option. This is what I received.
Usually after my morning Muay Thai class at Tiger Muay Thai, I’d head down to Tony’s and have the fruits and yogurt. Something light.
I would do this because I would usually do another class 2–3 hours later. This is what it looks like.
Another really good option was the egg salad. It tastes amazing and also on Tony’s menu.
So as you’ve probably established, the food served at Tony’s restaurant on Soi Taied is clean and has a very high turn over. As mentioned, there are professional fighters that eat here. I highly recommend checking this place out and letting me know what your thoughts are.
Buying Supplements on Soi Taied
I usually carry my protein powder and BCAA powder with me everywhere I go, including Soi Taied. It wasn’t until I saw the prices of the protein powder at one of the supplement stores that I realised that I should empty my suitcase before I arrive to Soi Taied — fill it — then return to my home country with supplies from Soi Taied.
Check out the prices of some of the common protein powders that you can buy at your local supplement store.
The images were taken directly from my Instagram Story which is why they look like a child has drawn over them.
On the left, the protein powder you see costs $89 AUD in Australia. It’s almost $20 cheaper to buy off Soi Taied street.
But I want to point out that I only saw this huge discrepency in the prices at this store (pictured below.)
Phuket Health Shop is on the corner of Soi Taied and the main road, where Top Team is located. This is the store where you will save some money on workout supplements.
Primal Fitness on Soi Taied
There is a nicely equipped gym on Soi Taied in case you are missing the dumbbells and barbells aspect of your training.
To be honest, I do all of that back home and usually only do Muay Thai training on Soi Taied. And after doing 2–3–4 hours of Muay Thai training per day, there is no physical energy left over for anything else.
So is this gym well equipped? See for yourself.
So as you can see, the gym is quite equipped. Definitely a place to go if you need your weight training fix.
As I’ve mentioned, depending on where you decide to train, you might already have access to a gym. For example, Tiger Muay Thai have a well equipped gym which you will have access to as part of your fitness package.
Sunday Is Rest Day
Soi Taied is quiet on a Sunday! Even Tony’s restaurant is closed 🙁
What I suggest you do is take your hire motorbike out to one of the beaches. What is quite common is that some guys will finish their last class on Saturday and then jump on their motorbike and spend the night partying in Patong.
It’s not too common for the hardcore fitness freaks to party. In fact, while I have been training here, I haven’t done any partying or drinking. It sounds “boring” (I know) but it is just not my thing. I’ve come here to train and make the most of the training here.
Phi Phi Island
What I did was I jumped on a 2-hour ferry and spent 3 days on Phi Phi island. It was the best relaxation ever! Especially after a solid week of training.
I shot a series of videos of my time on Phi Phi island. There is one video that I created which will show you how easy it is to get to Phi Phi island from Soi Taied. You can watch it here. It’s called a “Taste Of Phi Phi Island.”
Training At Tiger Muay Thai
For me, I’ve come to Soi Taied to learn Muay Thai. You can learn other styles of martial arts like MMA, BJJ, K1, etc, or you can just stick to strength and conditioning classes, or CrossFit. The choice is yours.
I chose Tiger Muay Thai because they are the largest fitness training centre on Soi Taied will alot more options then any of their competitors.
I paid for a weekly all-inclusive fitness package. It includes unlimited access to any of the classes, gym, and of course, their Muay Thai classes.
If you have never been to Soi Taied, I suggest trying Tiger Muay Thai for 1 week and trying their all-inclusive fitness training pack.
This is an opportunity to try less common martial art styles like Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran. You’ll meet new friends and can collaborate on classes that you can do together — like Western Boxing, Strength & Conditioning, and Yoga.
After trying everything, you can elect to focus specifically on a certain style of training moving forward. During my first trip to Soi Taied in August, I tried everything.
Here are some photos from the strength and conditioning classes that I did with Tiger Muay Thai.
Here is a photo of me doing a private Muay Thai class with one of the trainers from Tiger Muay Thai.
Here is a photo of what the intermediate group class looks like at Tiger Muay Thai.
And there are no age excuses! The guy on the left is 61 years old…. I know! 🙂
Open Your Mind — No Regrets
You will have a blast. This place is unlike any other “fitness” vacation. Almost every other fitness vacation is “sit on the beach, do yoga, and watch the sunrise.” Soi Taied is the standard for fitness vacations and you should really come over and check it out for yourself.
Make sure you find accommodation that is either located on Soi Taied or within a 5–10 minute distance from this street.
And even though you can buy all of the gear when you are here, it is probably not a bad idea to bring your own.
That’s what my stuff looked like 🙂 But you can buy it all on Soi Taied from the many “Fight Stores” you’ll find.
I’ll leave the rest to you. If you do come down, don’t forget to send me a message. I intend on returning to Soi Taied in early 2018.
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.
Thanks for reading. See you on “the Soi.”
Have you been to Soi Taied? Would you like to go and have questions?
Leave them in the comments below!