I’m currently revising this article as of the 28th of January 2020, after returning from a one month fitness vacation with my girlfriend to Fitness street (Soi Taied) in Phuket Thailand.
I’m so inspired to share Fitness street Phuket with you and how this little slice of paradise can help you achieve your fitness ambitions while meeting amazing like-minded people from around the world, and just make you an all-round better human being!
You won’t find any other street on earth that combines the tropical Thai heat with world-class fitness training boot camps, calorie-conscious “clean calorie” restaurant menus, stunning beaches less than 30 minutes away, and the opportunity to meet 9+ different nationalities of people in your first fitness class at 8 am on a Monday morning.
So, the first question you might have in mind is…
Where is Fitness street Phuket?
I’ve called it Fitness street because it is the home to more indoor and outdoor fitness training gyms, nutrition supplement stores, healthy-eating bars and restaurants, then anywhere else I’ve seen in the world — most of which are located along one single street!
I can’t think of any other more appropriate name.
The proper street name is Soi Taied (or “the Soi”) and it’s about a 40- minute taxi ride from Phuket International airport. Above is a map of the street to help you find it in Google Maps (click here to jump to the exact location).
The yellow line is my artistic attempt to mark out Fitness street (Soi Taied).
The Fitness Street Phuket Vlog
I’ve made a concerted effort to dedicate hundreds of hours to film, edit, and distribute videos showcasing the training lifestyle, amazing nutrition bars, planning tips, etc, on all major streaming platforms.
Rather than read this article, if you prefer to watch our day-in-the-life vlog of our raw experiences on Fitness street, click here to view the playlist (currently up to Season 2, Episode 15 of 22).
I can guarantee you that once you come here, you’ll never want to leave. And when you return back to your desk job after tasting this slice of fitness paradise, you’ll be quickly planning your return to Fitness street.
Summary of Fitness Camps
There are a number of fitness camps on and around Fitness street that are worth checking out. There is something for everyone.
Whether you are looking for strength and conditioning classes, beach training and outdoor obstacles courses, or pure martial art-type fitness classes… you’ll find it all on Fitness street. If you are worried that you are not “fit enough” to be here then don’t worry — this place is for everyone of all ages!
I’ve trained and filmed at most of them (which I will link to videos below).
Here’s a quick summary list;
There are a few other gyms but I’ll expand the list later.
Firstly, let’s take a closer look at the training centre where you are guaranteed to meet someone from your home country — Tiger Muay Thai.
Tiger Muay Thai (Main Campus)
The camp that I’ve spent most of my time at in 2017 and 2018 is Tiger Muay Thai. Nope, I’m not sponsored by them nor do I work in their sales and promotions department. I just really love the atmosphere of dozens of different cultures all training under the same roof, without judgement or prejudice.
Tiger Muay Thai is the largest destination gym in the world and have classes ranging from Yoga through to different styles of martial arts and fitness classes (i.e., Muay Thai, BJJ, CrossFit, etc) — there is something for everyone and all fitness levels!
China, Ecuador, New York, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Munich, Copenhagen… Don’t be surprised to meet people from the far corners of the earth doing the Monday morning beginner Muay Thai class or the late night “hardcore” yoga class with you at Tiger Muay Thai.
When I first signed up with Tiger Muay Thai, I signed up for the “all inclusive” fitness package where I had access to both the strength and conditioning classes, and the Muay Thai training classes. I learned that this wasn’t the smartest of moves as I was over-training myself. Trying to do every-single-class, six days per week! Trying to get my monies worth.
I’ll talk about over-training on Fitness street in another article.
Here is a photo of Robyn learning how to execute the overhead press in one of the strength and conditioning classes;
In most recent visits, I’ve opted for the “Muay Thai only” package because strength and conditioning training is something I can always do anywhere else in the world. However, Muay Thai is born in Thailand. And I love kickboxing so that’s my primary choice nowadays.
The beginner Muay Thai classes are the busiest classes, no doubt. They are also the most fun and a great way to meet awesome people from around the world. The trainers in the beginner area will take care of you and you are guaranteed to have an awesome time.
Check out the Beginner class vlog below that I filmed in November 2018. Robyn and I did this class together! #couplesgoals
14 Preparation Tips for Tiger Muay Thai
I’ve come up with 14 preparation tips, advice, and suggestions to help you prepare for your Tiger Muay Thai training adventure. I’ve incorporated this into a 24-minute video which is long but answers all of the questions I usually get asked.
I’ve made the video easy to navigate by time-stamping the video in the description. I’ve also written a preparation tips article which will help you get the most value out of your training experience at Tiger Muay Thai.
Don’t forget to watch the video below before signing up with Tiger Muay Thai;
All of the advice and suggestions in the above video also apply if you are planning to visit other training camps in the same area; such as Unit 27, Dragon Muay Thai, Evolve Health Club, AKA, T&Y Muay Thai, Titan Fitness, and so on.
Titan Fitness Camp near Fitness Street Phuket
After our 1-week training adventure at Titan Fitness in October 2019, I can honestly say that Robyn and I had the time of our lives!
Not only is this fitness camp well-equipped with a 3-storey gym and a kitchen where all of your healthy meals are prepared, you are also guaranteed to fall into an incredibly supportive community from all around the world.
Whether you are at the beginning of a fitness journey or an Instagram fitness influencer just passing through — Titan Fitness has you covered!
In one of Titan’s classes, Robyn (pictured below) learned how to correctly execute the barbell squat.
Robyn is an online Pilates instructor with very little strength training experience. However, during our stay, the incredibly accommodating coaches helped Robyn correctly execute both the squat and deadlift — neither of which she was confident executing in the past.
The trainers at this camp are extremely knowledgeable, patient, and will spend the time to break down the mechanics of the movement. So if you have no idea how to pick up a dumbbell or barbell and need to follow a structured body re-composition program, the trainers here will take care of you.
During our 1 week experience at Titan Fitness, we were on a “two meals per day” meal package which involved a delicious breakfast and an outstanding healthy dinner.
Typically, you’ll be eating your meals in a canteen-style area adjacent to the main training floor. It looks like this;
As you can see, there is a breakfast selection on the right hand side (of the image above), with tables and chairs to the left of the image. It is normal to train and share meals with the same people for days, weeks, and even months on end. You’ll quickly make friends for life here!
For breakfast, Robyn and I would usually have several omelettes with coffee and fruit. It looked like this;
And for dinner, you will be spoiled to several impeccable options that are the perfect post-training nourishment your body will need after a hard day of training.
Every night we tried something different. And no matter what we tried, it tasted absolutely amazing!
The first dinner Robyn and I tried was the salmon with pesto (see below). You must try this option!
The second dinner Robyn and I tried were the fish wraps with sweet potato chips. This tasted so good that we ordered them for dinner several nights in a row! Check it out;
Lastly, you must try the salmon with mango salad for dinner at Titan Fitness. The mango salad will be the best mango salad you’ve ever had in your life!
If you’d like to learn more about Titan Fitness before signing up and checking this place out, check out a few videos (below) we filmed here to understand the day-in-the-life of this fitness camp.
We also filmed a review video of Titan fitness which will help you decide whether this camp is right for you. Check it out;
If you really enjoy intense strength and conditioning training, you should definitely get the 6 class pass (valid for 30 days) at the following camp…
Unit 27: Total Conditioning
If you ever come to Fitness street Phuket — and hopefully you do — you will most definitely walk past this building! Often with loud music, moaning and grunting trainees, and a trainer yelling commands.
There will be times where you’ll see the class members run out onto the street and up the nearby hill — often pushing or pulling tyres, doing arm-in-arm group squats, or carrying something ridiculously heavy!
Here is a photo of the entire class training under the hot Thai heat on Fitness street Phuket (see if you can spot Robyn in the photo!)
We decided to buy the 6-class package (valid for 30 days) for Robyn which cost us 2,580 Baht. If you don’t want to commit to anything and just want to get a taste of how they train — I highly recommend the 6-class drop-in package.
The package we purchased also gives you access to their ice bath and sauna, both of which you can access after you finish a Unit 27 class.
If you’d like a glimpse of what the ice bath experience is all about at Unit 27 — watch the video here. It was so much fun (to watch! At first, I was too scared to jump in)!
If you are interested in what Unit 27’s Kalorie Killa and Drill Sergeant classes are like, feel free to check out the three videos I filmed (featuring Robyn) here, here, and here. I’ve time-stamped the videos to jump you straight into the class 🙂
In those videos (linked above), I’ve interviewed a number of people in the Unit 27 classes so feel free to use the timestamps in the video description to watch the interview.
I’ll include a complete video for you to watch, featuring a Unit 27 Kalorie Killa class. See below;
Evolve Health Club
A relatively new fitness camp that has opened on Fitness street Phuket is Evolve Health Club.
This camp is across the road from Phuket Top Team and is a distinct green colour — offering group and private Muay Thai classes, BJJ, and a well-equipped gym and healthy eating restaurant (named “Thrive”).
During our most recent one month training adventure to Fitness street, Robyn and I trained here several times per week.
If you are an absolute beginner wanting to learn some fun Muay Thai techniques, work up a sweat, and be coached by friendly and enthusiastic trainers — you should stop by here!
Below is a photo of Robyn and her favourite trainer (Kru Ashkan) at Evolve Health Club after a 1 hour private Muay Thai session.
You’ll pay around 700-baht per private Muay Thai session but the sessions are absolutely worth it! I highly recommend trying a private class once to tick it off your Fitness street Phuket bucket list 🙂
If you’d like to see what a private class looks like at Evolve, check out the vlog below where Robyn — an online Pilates instructor — is learning the fundamentals of Muay Thai.
You can also do really fun group Muay Thai classes at Evolve Health Club for 350 Baht per class. Robyn and I always have so much fun in these group classes and I highly recommend checking them out.
If you’d like to see highlights of the fun we have in the group classes, check out the following vlog I created;
Bamboo Protein Shake Huts
I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else on the planet. As you walk down Fitness street, you’ll stumble across many protein shake bamboo huts that will custom prepare a protein shake for you!
Just pick the piece of fruit you want, select the flavour of whey protein you want, pay 80 baht ($3.50 AUD), and they’ll make it for you on the spot!
There are about four of these protein shake huts within a 2-minute walk from Tiger Muay Thai and a perfect way to meet your post-training nutrition needs. They taste amazing and they are dirt cheap 🙂
And this particular protein shake hut has a “dine-in” option. Check out the bamboo interior!
Are they safe?
I’ve had a number of people ask me if the protein shakes are “safe” to drink and whether there is a concern over contracting a water-borne illness.
Personally, I’ve had dozens of protein shakes from all of these protein shake huts (and restaurants) and I’ve never had a problem. I’ve never heard of anyone else complain either.
Actually, I’ve never suffered any form of food poisoning at any establishment in the area! Hopefully my re-assurance has put you at ease! 🙂
Solo Travelling to Fitness Street Phuket
Another question I receive several times a week are from people that are looking to solo travel to Fitness street, and have some trepidations.
My first ever trip to Fitness street was a solo trip! And I’ve met many people that have decided to travel here solo. Don’t worry. You’ll meet people — just like you — that are fresh off the plane from Vancouver and know nobody in the area!
I can assure you that you will meet other introverted and extroverted folks in your class and, before you know it, you’ll be sipping protein shakes together at one of the protein shake huts. Or venting at Ali’s BBQ about how both of you have terrible corporate jobs that you need to quit so you can live on Fitness street 🙂
Feel free to join the Fitness street (Soi Taied) Facebook Community and introduce yourself. You’ll find at least 2–3 people that will be arriving when you plan to arrive. Come and join us 🙂
On my last trip to Fitness street with Robyn, I bumped into a solo female traveller that watched some of my older Fitness street videos, had similar fears, but booked a plane ticket and now she is addicted to this place!
Places to Eat on Fitness Street Phuket
There are so many amazing choices on Fitness street that I will eventually write separate blog posts expanding on them.
Below, I’ve listed my top 10 favourite places to eat at on Fitness street which are perfect for helping you achieve or maintain your fitness ambitions while training at many of the training camps in the same area.
I have also created a video which describes these amazing little cafes and restaurants in more detail. See below;
In the video, I give location map details, menu and price breakdowns, and plenty of photos and food recommendations. If you are planning a training adventure to Fitness street then you must check out some of the places to eat from the following list.
- Mama’s Cafe
- Tony’s Restaurant
- Mr Jom’s
- Cocoville Restaurant
- Latte Cafe
- Ali’s BBQ
- Thai Thai
- Pure Vegan
- Aroi Corner (about 15 minutes from Fitness street)
I’ll give a specific mention to one of my favourite (and cheapest) places to eat on Fitness street; perfect for anyone on a tight training budget.
No adventure to fitness street is complete without first venturing into one of the best (and cheapest) restaurants — Tony’s restaurant (Google Map).
Pay very close attention to the above photo as there is no sign! Just a drive-way leading up to some canteen-style tables and chairs. Like this;
The food served here is dirt cheap, safe, and fresh! At the time of taking these photos, there was hardly anyone there. But usually after the last fitness class of the evening (around 5–6 pm) this place becomes very busy.
So what does the food look like? Well, I’m not one for taking food photos but for the purpose of writing these articles, check out the following;
Firstly, this dish from Tony’s is my personal favourite. On the menu, it’s a “large steamed chicken with sweet potato” and it costs around 120 Baht ($5.30 AUD). Yep! My dinner costs around $5 AUD. It’s fresh, and tastes absolutely amazing!
If you love your veggies like I do, then you must order the Morning Glory. It’s a Thai dish and on the menu you’ll see it printed as Morning Glory. At Tony’s, this is what it looks like!
Another favourite Thai dish that I like to order when I’m at Tony’s is the Chicken Larb. You must try this dish! It looks like this;
These dishes are no more than around 80–120 Baht each. You’ll pay more for a Starbucks coffee in your home country than an extremely healthy and fresh dish at Tony’s restaurant. You must try it and let me know what you think! 🙂
Pure Vegan Heaven
You definitely need to stop here and check this place out. This eatery on Fitness street Phuket has one of the most impressive menus I’ve seen in the area. It is also one of our favourite places to stop.
It’s very hard to miss this place! And if you are curious about food choices on the menu, check this out:
The Mexican Bowl and Falafel Bowl are our favourite choices to order! As I said, I am not a food photographer but I couldn’t resist not taking the photos;
If you align my photo with the photo in the menu, it kind of looks the same 🙂 You’ll notice the Mexican Bowl is Gluten Free.
Cocoville Resort (Our Favourite Breakfast Spot)
Cocoville resort and restaurant was our favourite place to go on Fitness street if we needed to use the WIFI and do some work.
On a previous trip in 2017, I spent several nights at Cocoville resort and absolutely loved it and speak highly of that place.
You’ll notice that a lot of people training at Unit 27 choose to stay at Cocoville resort. Nevertheless, let me share with you what the Raw Fitness Menu looks like (pictured below)!
It might be hard to read but take my word for it, you can’t go wrong with anything you order off this menu 🙂
Isn’t that just awesome?
One of my favourite dishes to order from the raw fitness menu is the oatmeal protein pancakes (with peanut butter, pictured below). You definitely need to try them. They are so delicious and are perfect after a hardcore training session.
One of my favourite orders is their Americano (with milk). See below.
On our most recent adventure to Fitness street, we stayed in a standard room at Cocoville resort for 1 week.
If you are looking for a place to stay that is within a 3–5 minute walk from all of the major training camps on Fitness street, you cannot go wrong with Cocoville.
If you’d like to watch my walking tour video (see below), you’ll get to see what this accommodation is like before you decide to book anything.
Sunday Rest Day in Fitness Street Phuket
Fitness street is open 6 days per week and 1 day for rest! And trust me, you’ll need it (and look forward to it.)
On Sunday, the entire street turns into a ghost town with very few restaurants and cafes open as most people are resting up for another week of hardcore training starting Monday.
So what are your options? There are several adventures you can do to really make the most of your day off training.
Patong Beach for Parasailing and Jet Skiing
I don’t usually recommend Patong beach because it’s generally very busy with tourists but, if you love your water-sports or want to try them, you should hire a scooter from Fitness street and ride to Patong beach for parasailing and jet skiing.
Robyn and I hired a jet ski from Patong beach and we had the time of our lives. Here is a short video where we also discuss how to avoid the “jet ski scam”. Check it out here:
Alternatively, you can try parasailing! I secretly organised this adventure for Robyn and sent her up on her own. She took the GoPro with her and filmed it and I vlogged it (see below);
If you’d like to see exactly how we hired a scooter, how to refuel it (including costs), a glimpse of Phuket Safari, eating at After Beach bar, and shopping at Kata Beach, check out this informative and slightly entertaining vlog below;
The “rest day” vlog sums up our rest day and can help you plan your own adventures on rest day. If you have any questions about it, let me know 🙂
The Big Buddha Adventure
On another rest day, Robyn and I decided to hire a scooter and ride up to the Big Buddha. Stopping at really cool sites along the way, such as an elephant feeding on the side of the road.
We also stopped at a really cool artists shop where an artist was selling their paintings.
And continued on to the Big Buddha at the very top! If you are staying on Fitness street then you should try and get to the Big Buddha at least once. It’s only a 20-minute scooter ride and the views of Phuket from the top are quite spectacular.
Also, there are a couple of fitness camps that offer the “Buddha Run” as part of their package, such as Tiger Muay Thai.
Every Tuesday (I think) they arrange a fitness activity of jogging up to the Big Buddha from the base of the mountain. It is quite strenuous but such an amazing work-out. This is definitely an experience you must try!
On our most recent adventures to Fitness street Phuket, Robyn and I participated in the Big Buddha run. Check out the vlog below to get an idea of what it is all about.
Summary of Fitness Street Phuket
There is so much more to this incredible fitness village that I’ll expand upon and create more vlogs about in the near future.
You can check out the Fitness street playlist to watch the latest episodes of our fitness adventures on Fitness street.
My girlfriend Robyn is also an incredible online Pilates instructor and teaches Pilates courses online. If you want to learn Pilates from her online, check out her online courses.
If you have any questions, let me know. If you plan on coming out here then I might be in the area — just send me a message 🙂
Are you planning a vacation to Fitness street Phuket?
Let me know in the comments below!