Located in the south, the province of Phuket is the largest and most diverse island in the Kingdom of Thailand and home to some of the most world renowned white sand beaches. It is rich with culture and a melting pot of locals and foreigners from all over the world and all walks of life. Having been voted one of the world’s top 5 retirement destinations by Fortune Magazine, Phuket continues to thrive and attract thousands of tourists and expatriates every year from professional fighters/coaches, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and diving instructors to Muay Thai & MMA students, retirees, vacationers and volunteers.
Thailand is a Buddhist country and home to the most Thgeravada Buddist practitioners in the world. Some other religions practiced in Thailand are Islam, Shiekism, Hinduism and Christianity. There are many temples all over the island for you to explore, including the famous “Big Buddha” monument high up in the mountains which can be seen from many areas around southern Phuket.
When you’re not training there are ample activities and sightseeing adventures to be had all over the island. Some run year-round and others are seasonal. Listed below are some of the more popular beaches near the AKA facility. Please be mindful of any flagpoles or warning signs along the sands, as they indicate whether it is safe to swim or not:
Rawai Beach: Just 10 minutes from the gym, Rawai Beach is the place to go if you would like to charter a boat to snorkel, scuba dive, fish, or take a day trip around the small neighboring islands. Though not ideal for swimming, it is great for a scenic beach run, and provides a nice ambience should you choose to eat at one of the many beachfront restaurants in the area. There is always a great selection of seafood, Western dishes and traditional Thai cuisine; at night there are lots of relaxing bars and…
Nai Harn Beach: Nai Harn is a clean, quiet and beautiful beach tucked away along the coast. It’s a popular spot for families with a few seaside restaurants and food kiosks, as well as a small inlet at the far end of the shore which acts as a “shallow end” for a more relaxed swim. Nai Harn also has a lake circled by a nicely maintained sidewalk where many locals and fighters/students jog everyday. Nai Harn Beach is 10-15 minutes from AKA.
Kata/Karon Beach: Kata and Karon beach connect and spread down a long strip of road with lots of beachfront shops, hotels and restaurants. They are both popular destinations for families, joggers and beach sport enthusiasts (parasailing, kite-surfing, boogie boarding, surfing, wakeboarding/water skiing, jet-skiing, etc.)
Patong & Patong Beach: Patong is notorious for it’s nightlife and party scene, but is also home to another very popular and busy tourist beach. Located 20-30 minutes from AKA, this town is packed with local clothing and accessory shops, shopping malls, boxing stadiums, Thai and Western food chains/restaurants, and of course, the beach! Though not ideal for surfing, you can participate in water activities such as kite surfing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing at your leisure.
We have full time taxi drivers at AKA that will be happy to take you anywhere on the island between training sessions.If you prefer to rent a motorbike to explore the area on your own, our office staff can provide you with directions.