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Flights with Thai are 5-600 without a group booking discounts, Ethiad will be cheaper than that, travel to surin from Bangkok will be cheap, mini bus to hua hin will cost a couple of £ each.
That works out to £1000 to stay in a hotel in Surin(v.cheap) and a couple of night in Bangkok and Pattaya.
There's got to be £50-£60 profit per student per day in that price, seems like a rip off and asking for help to fleece people with a £50 incentive on here shows the profit generated and the motives behind the "tour"
Hello Ryan , long time no speak . just had a look at your website out of curiosity as I used to take out big parties from not only my gym but both Alan and kieran keddles Gyms .
what some folk don't realise is it can be a right royal pain in the ass to organise and run etc and its a business to you so what you charge is no ones business .
BUT saying that the hotel you use in Bkk is only a mere stones throw away from Jitti's gym I find a little miss leading and not quite fair unless that is you have a very strong throwing arm as its a 10 min walk to Asoke subway station and then 7 stops to Ratchadapisek Station .
His spiel about hotel standards are more pish, rather than be honest and say 1-2 night 4 star and 10 nights 2 star he attempts to spin it.
It's not a cheap trip, it is easy enough to organise yourself but to think people would potentially send their kids or treat themselves to this trip only to be ripped off by someone who has weaselled themselves into the community is a pisstake
It would be a shame if Lying Ryan was reported as from his website it clearly reads that he is selling himself as a tour guide. I doubt that he has a work permit to operate tours in Thailand which proves his misleading claims aren't accidental but are intentional
The tour is a rip-off & misleading from start to finish
So not a 'stones throw' away.... but a 'stones throw and a train ride away'!!!
As anyone who has trained in Thailand will agree, the prices on the website are bloody extortionate.... however it could appeal to people who have never been and don't know where to start with organising their own trip....
Having said that, if you can't organise a flight/gym/hotel/etc without help, then you're a prime target to get ripped off in Bangkok!!
as has been said still not a stones throw away tho is it ?? ,walk to Nana Skytrain and a few stops change onto underground then half a dozen or so stops to Jittis .
ive done the journey a thousand times from all over the sukhumvit area , but mainly from Soi 15 (Manhattan hotel)but which ever way you look at it a bloody small stone thrown by a very big arm .
only hotel near to jittis that ive stayed in with clients or students is the chao phraya park .. bit more expensive but well worth it and from my room last time I went a few months ago I could see jittis roof so that one is def a stones throw away lol
plenty of competition paul nowadays left right and centre , probably 10 times as many gyms in bkk and Phuket pushing for falangs to come and train as there was 5 years ago.
any gym that wants their piece of the pie has to be smart about it with social media and word of mouth reputation.
hoping the decent gyms in Bangkok don't lose out - nor sell out - in order to keep up with the McDojo MMA standup douchebaggery emanating from Phuket but at the same time if it keeps kicking off in the centre of BKK people will stop going. I'm hearing about people considering Phnom Penh and Burma in the future!
mate there are ten times more gym s but 10 times more customers too now! i know a few decent gyms up north are turning people away wor santai which is a narupai spin off has 7 ex pinsinchai choaches there and they now have 30 westerners traiing and living on site they wont take anymore people
I think its seasonal and the MMA knock on effect...
I cant see why more people would go to Thailand now on vacation than say 5 or 6 years ago bearing in mind the strength of the baht and cost of plane tix.
certain gyms have their run and then people move onto others, look at the following - fairtex , kaewsamrit, keatkhamtorn, sitsongpeenong and now sitmonchai...all gyms have their day/peak and then people move on, I hear a lot of smelly hippes packing out the gyms round Pai / Chiang Rai/Mai area now as well, any of the Phuket gyms are busy cos of the overspill from Tiger/Sinbi
mate im telling you there are 3 times more torist in thailand than ever before never seen it like it! even in the off peak its busy! its got a great name now its the place to go, i was there for christmas and met up with 10 different friends (none knew each other) all going to thailand for the first time!