Day 1: Surf and Fight
A 30-minute scooter ride east from Patong beach, the island’s central hub of activity, and you’ll arrive at 1.5-mile stretch of road called “Fight Street.” Considered by many to be an international hotbed for Muay Thai and fitness training, the most reputable of the street’s gyms is Tiger Muay Thai.
There you’ll want to try veteran trainer John Priest’s combat-conditioning course, which is designed to help participants lose weight, put on lean muscle, and improve overall strength and cardiovascular endurance. The high intensity and timed circuit utilizes barbells, medicine balls, and battling ropes in ways that show participants just how top-level athletes train for competitions.
The perfect post-gym activity is a low-key surf session on the waves of Kata beach, located south of Patong. Home to the island’s biggest surf competition, Kata also has two of the more popular board rental spots and surf schools — Nautilus and Phuket Surf. You can rent a board from any of them and catch the best swells right in front of their shops. For an extra fee you can even get some instruction on how to hit the pipelines just right.
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