I trained at the WMC camp in Koh Samui for three weeks last January, and had the time of my life & learned tons. I plan on going back in Dec 05 to fight (they always made appropriate match-ups & set many fights up on a week or two notice). Although I had a great experience, I do not mean to imply that it is any better than other camps. I have heard, for example, that the training at Sityodtong is much more serious than at the WMC, with more dedicated fighters (not as many tourists). In addition to the above, I have heard great things about Sasiprapa, Lanna,Kaewsamrit and Fairtex.
One comment about Thailand, which I believe has been said here before, but there are three types of camps in Thailand:
- Those that only cater to tourists
- Those where only the local boys train
- Camps that have a mixture of both. (The WMC Camp)
It is my opinion, the third is the best type of camp. Why? They have experience training foreigners, and usually have someone who speaks a bit of English. Also, you have other foreigners to hang out with when you are not training (as well as discuss techniques). Lastly, they have local boys that fight, and so you know what they are teaching is used by active fighters. Camps where the local boy's train are very good as well, but if you are not fighting for the camp they are unlikely to pay you attention. That being said, I have heard if you fight for a camp, the trainers will invest considerably more time with you. Another suggestion is to take as many privates as possible, as it is cheap and they will address specific questions for you (in addition to developing a relationship with a trainer and show them that you are serious). ..Oh and some other advice: pack only the bare essentials, as everything is dirt-cheap over there and you will need room to bring it all home.
Whatever you decide to do, please post a review of the camp when you return.