A good rule of thumb is to only pay for between 25-33% in advance. There are several reasons for this, but the most important is injury. In most of the camps you will train in, there will be no refund if you are injured during your training. Additionally, the chance of getting injuried is pretty high. Let’s face it, we aren’t training in ballet, it’s Muay Thai, and there is a good chance you may get injuried in the ring.
There is also the chance you will get an outside injury, such as a stomach virus, staph infection or even a motor bike accident (Yes, I had all 3 on my first trip). Any of these injuries could keep you out for only a few days, or as long as a week. If you paid for 1 month of training up front, and you miss an entire week, that’s 25% of your training that you paid for and won’t receive.
I’m going to give you the prices for 1 gym from Bangkok, and 2 from Phuket, and show you the differences in discount for training daily, weekly and monthly (where applictable).
1 Week – 2300 baht
1 Month – 8000 baht
1 Day – 500 baht
1 Week – 3000 baht
1 Month – 10,000 baht
1 Day – 500 baht
1 Week – 2500 baht
1 Month – 9000 baht
As you can see, there is usually only a small discount 10 – 15%, if you pay for the entire 1 month in advance, at all 3 of these places (usually around 1000 baht) however, if you miss a week because of injury, it will have cost you a larger portion of that payment, even after the discount (2000 – 2500 baht).
My suggestion is if you are going for a month, then just pay for the first 1 to 2 weeks in advance. If you are going for 3 months, then pay for only the first month. Best of luck in your training. I hope this tip helps.