Are there any Muay Thai themed xmas presents?
November 19, 2009 10:49 PM   Subscribe

My brother is going to Thailand for a 3 month Muay Thai training camp and I want to get him a themed or appropriate Christmas present. Any thoughts?

He's already doing the martial art here, but is fairly overweight so is using the training camp as a sort of extreme weightloss thing as well since he'll be removed from all temptation.

I've asked some Thai people I know for suggestions but all they could come up with was that everything so much cheaper in Thailand there's not much I could get him that he wouldn't find much cheaper when he gets there.

So, Muay Thai themed presents, or something that would come in handy in a training camp! All I can think of are Tony Jaa dvd's but he's already got those!
posted by Silentgoldfish to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
How about a copy of the seminal Muy Thai book, "Your broken shins and you"?

Seriously though, the Thai people are probably right. Something muy thai themed is gonna be tough, but I honestly think you shouldn't get him that. If someone was moving to Japan, you wouldn't buy them sushi and a kimono. I suggest getting him something useful for someone going abroad for an extended period. This could be some practical travel gear (Razorblades, soap, opiates so he can sleep through the plane ride), something to remind him of home, or something that will be difficult or impossible to get in Thailand.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 11:31 PM on November 19, 2009

Muy Thai training camp

A Costco sized bottle of advil?
posted by dnesan at 12:47 AM on November 20, 2009

Some ideas:

An unlocked GSM quad-band phone (so he can just buy a Thai SIM card and pop it in)
Skype credit (if he's taking a laptop)
Cheap flip flops for going into the bathroom/shower area
"Me No Speak" picture phrase book
Some money already changed into Thai Baht for his wallet
A final nice meal before he leaves
posted by sharkfu at 1:16 AM on November 20, 2009

How about some muay thai shorts made from good quality material? Most of the ones you get in Thailand are made from rough synthetic material, and won't necessarily carry large sizes.
posted by Lucie at 2:09 AM on November 20, 2009

Dont get him anything related to Muay Thai. Custom printed, good quality shorts cost around 500 baht there, even in fat assed farang sizes.

Give him some money to get a Sak Yant.
posted by the cuban at 3:33 AM on November 20, 2009

a case of his favorite snack, and a few jars of tiger balm.
posted by Billegible at 6:41 AM on November 20, 2009

Get him one of these heated lumbar wraps.

And if he doesn't have access to a microwave or electricity, how about the disposable version?
posted by pintapicasso at 6:57 AM on November 20, 2009

I know just the things.

Krabi Krabong swords.

Or. See if you can find any books or videos that explain Wai Kru - the traditional Muay Thai ring entrance dance. There are many variants of the dance and an extensive history of each. the movements are integral to the art and one of the main concerns of Thai Boxing masters is the death of the artistic traditions. I know he'd dig it.
posted by tkchrist at 11:50 AM on November 22, 2009

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