The Emerald gym is owned and operated by a French fighter named Wilfred Montagne and his wife. Wilfred has competed against some of the best fighters in the world including Samkor Kiatmontep, Naruepol Fairtex and many others.
Emerald gym consistently brings top quality trainers down from Bangkok. The line up is always changing, but past trainers have included 3x Raja stadium champion Rajasak Sor Vorapin and “Pipa” from Jockey gym; who served as a trainer to Saenchai, Lerdsila and Kaoklai back when Jockey Gym was in its prime.
The trainer line up seems to change quite frequently, so be sure to do some research before you go but given Emerald’s track record, I would assume they would have a solid team of trainers to work with.
Emerald gym is located in the Ao Nang area of Krabi. Krabi is situated approximately 180km from Phuket and 800km from Bangkok. You can access Krabi via direct flights or by taking a bus. Coming from Phuket, a bus ride to Krabi will take a few hours and from Bangkok, the journey will take you roughly 13 hours. Detailed information on getting to Krabi is available here.
There are a couple shared rooms available on site as well as a private room. Here are the prices for the on-site rooms. Alternatively, you can find a place to stay nearby.
Training Info and Photos
The training at Emerald is run in a standard format. There are two training sessions per day. The morning session starts at 8am (you can start a bit earlier if you want to do a run). The session starts with skipping, followed by a few rounds of shadow boxing. After that, it’s 3-5 rounds on the bags and 3-5 rounds on the pads. To finish off the session, you’ll do a series of sit ups and kicks/knees on the bags.
The afternoon session starts at 4pm (optional run before that) and the structure is similar to the morning session. There is oftentimes some clinching and sparring in the afternoon session as well.
The cost for training (at the time of this writing) is 300 baht per session, 500 baht per day (2 sessions) and 9000 baht per month.