After yesterdays Muay Thai clinching session I woke up with a very stiff neck, as we had a late checkout I decided to relax.
Might as well make full use of the jacuzzi
In the meantime Sangeet visited the Gurdwara.
After checkout where I was promised a hotel car for 300 baht per hour….which is cheaper then a taxi. I went downstairs to find out the hotel had gone back on their word and asked me to take a taxi! Now when I checked out, the lounge staff said do not take a taxi as the driver may take off with your luggage! This is why they arranged the hotel car.
I was furious and demanded to see the duty manager. He came out 15 minutes later! Probably just to annoy me a lot more…..I was planning on going to the Gurdwara where I would spend some time, then together with Sangeet go to the Muay Thai training. Now to cut the long story short, I got the hotel to pay for my taxi, as they have already made me very late. In fact 1 hour later!
There was very heavy traffic to the Gurdwara which was making me even later. I spent about 30 seconds at the Gurdwara then head onto see Master Pimu.
The taxi driver
We arrived at the Muay Thai camp at 6pm, the time when classes finish, luckily Master Pimu said it is fine to train. It was a great session with pad work.
I am blurred because I was running so fast!
With Master Pimu and Kirpal Singh (remember that name, Kirpal will do very well!)
After the training had finished Sangeet, Kirpal, and myself had dinner. As Master Pimu’s wife was catering to meat eaters, Sangeet and I had steamed rice. We were both every hungry and it was the best rice we had tasted!
Master Pimu’s wife and youngest child
This was my last training session with Master Pimu and it was very sad to say goodbye. He has asked I come back for at least a month to train properly.
Master Pimu got on his bike and went out to get us a taxi. Here is a chap who is a master in Muay Thai, yet he is so humble. He got on his bike went out and came back with a taxi.
After long good byes we got taken to the Amari hotel. We chose this as it was a walkway to the Don Muang Airport.
Check in at the hotel took around 30 minutes the service and staff attitude was very poor. The room we were given was a smoking room. Now when asking the staff it is important to ask the right questions. If I said is this a non smoking room? As we have asked for a non smoking room they would have replied with yes it is a non smoking room…..we would have had no choice but to stay. Instead I asked if I could smoke in the room…they replied yes you can….I then said we requested a non smoking room….so they had no option but to give us a non smoking room…..which again they took there time over! I could not recommend this hotel.
By the time we got to sleep it was around midnight, we had to check in by 5:30am!
This morning was an early start 7am, Sangeet went to the Gurdwara to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthday. We both went to the Gurdwara where I paid my respects and went to the gym. Sangeet stayed at the Gurdwara.
Normally there are two Muay Thai classes a day 7am until 9am and 16:00 until 18:00. Today I learnt about clinching and had a clinching session with another guy. Afterwards both of necks were very stiff! I also did some pad work and sparring. The class finished at 11am. Another amazing class, I was so exhausted but can feel it doing my body some good. I really want to comeback and train here for at least a month.
Later, I headed back to the hotel. Sangeet got back around 1pm. She could tell I was thrilled with the Muay Thai, by the way I was telling her about it!
My cousin Jagpaul had sent me detail of a Muay Thai teacher, Master Pimu. Juggi told me to take a few lessons as it will do my health some good.
After calling and making an appointment to see Master Pimu, I took a taxi to the gym which is an hour away from the hotel.
The gym is amazing, it has three punch/kick bags a ring and accommodation around it. Master Pimu sat with me and said “people come to him for at least a month not two days. I can teach you the basics”. He then went on to say “I have sick man staying here” whilst his wife was knocking on his door trying to get him up. I asked if I can train at 4pm he said yes. I bought a pair of Muay Thai shorts. He showed me a room and told me to rest there. Later the ‘sick’ man came out of his room, Master Pimu was actually saying Sikh! I was so happy to see a fellow Sikh, his name is Kirpal Singh from the UK. He is very fortunate to be able to learn from Master Pimu for a year! Kirpal and I sat for a while chatting, he is a fantastic guy.
As it was approaching 4 pm I was getting very nervous. Here I am in a real Muay Thai gym, training from a Master! A dream come true…..Kirpal told me to relax!
The training starts with a run around the block, 4 laps equates to 2.2 miles, as I had my walking shoes I walked it!
I did 4 laps…..well it is my first time! Then came back to the gym for some stretching.
Right first lesson, stance and movement, then jabbing followed by right punch. The time went so quickly and I loved the class. Master Pimu is world renowned and I am very fortunate to be able to learn from him. He and his family are so humble and very kind. Here is a man who is very highly respected but so down to earth! I have so much respect for Master Pimu. This truly has been a dream come true.
After the class had finished, Master Pimu got a taxi for me…….what an awesome day
Arrived at the station and waited for the train. The train was pretty dirty and could be kept in a much better state. Sangeet the hardened traveller just got on with it, she sat down and was looking forward to the journey.
On the train they serve you drinks and meal (already included in the ticket price) unfortunately it was chicken. To be honest I was scared of using the toilet so did not eat!
The views were pretty Impressive you pass through small villages and the beautiful countryside. (Sangeet told me this, as was busy watching Sherlock Holmes!!)
At Bangkok train station
We arrived in Bangkok and took a taxi to the Hilton hotel
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