The reason why I chose TMT over the other gyms is mainly because they offered both Muay Thai and MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Also because they had a really good website that made it extremely clear what I would be paying and what to expect. Most other gyms in Thailand don't have very descriptive websites. I looked into training at Fairtex Bangplee but Tiger Muay Thai was much cheaper.
Fan Room + MMA and Muay Thai Training: 16,100 a week or 64,440 a month.($2,148 US Dollars a month)
Fan Room + MMA and Muay Thai Training: 15,000 a month + 6,000 for food. ($700 US Dollars a Month)
Why is Fairtex so much more expensive than Tiger Muay Thai?
I have no idea and can't say because I haven't personally trained at Fairtex. I've heard great things about Fairtex, especially the one in San Francisco where my friend trains at, and the one in Bangplee, but I could never afford to play that much for a training camp, especially not in Thailand where things are supposed to be cheaper.
Training at Tiger Muay Thai with Yod and UFC/Bellator's Roger Huerta
Definetely one of the coolest things about training at Tiger Muay Thai is the people you meet. TMT has a lot of pull and some great connections. Plus the Head MMA Coach Magical Ray Elbe is a current and active fighter, which is very cool. I also had the pleasure of meeting and being taught by some legends during my three months at TMT including the one and only Royce Gracie who came by to do a one day seminar.
The Legendary BJJ Black Belt Royce Gracie putting a rear naked choke on me
The Training at Tiger Muay Thai was Great.
I started in beginners MMA and even though I had some experience in Muay Thai already, because I was out of shape I decided to start from scratch and do the beginners Muay Thai as well. In the three months I moved up to Intermediate, and then to Advanced Muay Thai. I also improved a ton in the Western Boxing class, taught by Chok Chai who once fought against Manny Pacquiao.
Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu turns out to be something that is going to take me a couple of years to get good at, so I was pretty happy just staying in the beginners class, which was more of an intermediate class anyways.
I had a fantastic three month training camp at Tiger Muay Thai and recommend it to others. It's worth coming to Thailand for as many people did from the UK, America, Denmark, Sweden and Australia.
MMA Class at Tiger Muay Thai with guest trainer from Gracie Barra
Dragon Muay Thai and Suwit Muay Thai:
On the same street as Tiger Muay Thai, there are two Muay Thai only gyms, Dragon and Suwit. Both are a lot smaller and don't have the facilities or MMA program but from what I heard are good gyms and are a little bit cheaper than training at Tiger. I personally chose to stay at TMT because I liked having the option to do Western Boxing, BJJ, Kettle Bells, and I really liked the facilities itself.
Plus I found out the secret discount at Tiger Muay Thai. Well, it's not really a secret, but most people don't know about it. Just pay online on the Tiger Muay Thai website using Paypal and you'll get a 5,500 baht ($183usd) discount on three months of training!
P.S. If you're thinking about coming to train Muay Thai in Thailand, do yourself a favor and read the book before you come. It'll save you a ton of time, money and headache. A million times worth the $9.99 it's on sale for.