We are starting construction in our new camp in Khao Lak. From Phuket airport it will be about 1 hour driving North, in the mainland. The gym will have four rings, women's and men's locker rooms, air con fitness room, office, shop, restaurant, pool and bungalows. The location is nice, 2 KM from the beach (The closest beach is Kheu Kak). The JW Marriott is on that beach. It's 3 KM from the Muay Thai stadium and 5 KM from downtown Khao Lak. The area is quiet, prefect for training. No distractions, no traffic. The gym should be finished in 4 months. The rest of the camp should take an additional 5 months...
No, we bought the Khao Lak land 4 years ago. Tuk and I have been planning this second gym for a long time. We like countryside living, and Phuket is getting quite busy so it's just a natural progression for us. We think that for training, you need a calm place where you can train with less distractions. We hope Khao Lak is the right place for this.
When I get back from my trip to Mexico (in mid April) I will go visit the building site and take some pictures to upload.
Yes, we will continue to have great training at Rawai. Why wouldn't we? Tuk only hires quality teachers and his brothers, Hehm Fin and Lee run the gym. Lindsey and I answer emails and I work on the website. Things in Rawai will continue as they are now!