WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your introductory week is the first step towards a successful stay in Thailand and is designed specifically to ensure that you get the most possible out of the trip as a whole. Your culture, language and cooking lessons will help you to settle and feel more at home, and the temple and museum visits will give you a taste of the history of Thailand and the influences on the development of its national identity.
The second week of your placement will give you the opportunity to explore Thai culture in more depth, including learning about Buddhism and meditation with local monks in a quiet and spiritual environment. Visiting monasteries and markets you will very quickly find yourself in touch with the spirit of Thailand, something that will stay with you forever.
Your week of Muay Thai training will begin with an early morning run to warm up and it might be a good idea to start training now, as this run is likely to be 10 km! You will spend three hours training every morning with your instructor, breaking for lunch, before training again in the afternoon. Whether you are an absolute beginner or looking to perfect your skills, the instructor will be able to work with you to design a training programme to suit your requirements. You may get the opportunity to attend exhibition fights, or even to compete yourself, although this is dependent on your skill level.
Your rest and recuperation comes in the form of your final week on Ko Samet, spending your days on the white sand beach, in the turquoise tropical sea, or lazing in the shade of the palm trees. The only thing required of you during this final week is that you relax and enjoy yourself! You'll find that you leave Thailand walking a little slower than when you arrived, and all your worries will be far away!