Baan Chang Thai Arts and Muay Chaiya School

Painting, kickboxing and puppetry

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Set down a leafy alleyway off Sukhumvit Road, this Thai arts and kickboxing school dispels the notion that artistry and boxing are two entirely different things. The school is the creation of Kruu Khet, a relaxed yet intimidating master of many Thai art m

Muay Chaiya was created by a warrior-turned-Buddhist monk in the southern Thai town of Chaiya several centuries ago and has passed through a direct lineage of masters to Kruu Khet. Aside from incorporating dozens of unique moves, muay Chaiya emphasises control, calm, concentration, humbleness and patience. Kruu Khet says that “a stable mentality, modesty, a careful and mindful nature, honesty, gratefulness and a real interest” are prerequisites for training at Baan Chang Thai.

The other half of Baan Chang Thai is an arts school where Kruu Khet instructs students of all ages in painting, drawing, puppetry and more. Stepping from the muay Chaiya training facility into the kids' art room is quite a jump, but Kruu Khet insists that both the art and kickboxing are two sides of the same coin. For up-to-date information on all of the courses, check Baan Chang Thai's website or stop by the school.

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38 Ekkamai 10/2, Sukhumvit Rd 63
How to get there: To get here on foot from the Ekkamai BTS (sky train) station, take the stairs out of the station at Exit 1 and then walk straight a short ways along the footpath before turning right onto Ekkamai Road. Walk another 1.5 kilometres; when you reach Soi 10, on the right, there’s a green sign for Baan Chang Thai, which is no more than 50 metres down on the left.
Last updated: 23rd May, 2013

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