As a backpacker you can have a decent gym workout in Krabi. Although training the legs would take a lot of your creativity to come up with exercises with the limited available gym equipment. This is a really standard gym. Old rusty dumbbells, old rusty benches. When working out here, you can understand how lucky we fitness backpackers are nowadays. You can feel 50 years of sweats in this gym. Luckily the entrance fee is just 100 Baht. You even get free bananas for that price! Unfortunately, I cannot recall the exact location of this gym anymore. It should be somewhere on the Maharaj Alley. Please contact me if you have pinpointed the exact location.
Push-Fitness is a small gym located in Ao Nang. They have many coaches on this location, so you could opt to take a private lesson. The gym is not big, but has all the equipment you need. Yes, it has a squat rack and a bench press. The dumbbells go up to 50 LBS, so make sure you pre fatigue the muscles before using the dumbbells. The staff is very kind, as well as the manager. I can advice to go here before 6 pm, the manager told me that it can be busy by then. The entrance is 300 baht, what can be hard on the budget. Unfortunately, there are not many alternatives in Ao Nang. You can end your workout with a protein shake from Muscle Farm. It has been a while, that I had such a nice shake.
You have 2 gyms in Koh Phi Phi but one is way too expensive (400 baht). For this reason I want to highlight the following gym: Tapear. I just knew about his gym by accident, a fitness mate told me about it. I have written about many old fashioned gyms, but this one really steals the show. But it is cheap, so who cares. There are many pull up bars, a bench that can also function as a squat rack, an incline bench, some dumbells and a lat pulley. That was it. Nothing fancy, moreover old and rusty, but for 100 baht you can have a decent pump.
Important to remark is that you can sleep at Tapear, they offer rooms. After a few days in a dorm room, I chose to stay at Tapear. You pay 600 baht a night, nearly the same price as the hostels ask for a dorm bed. However, you get free gym entrance when staying at Tapear and your own private room. I can definitely recommend everyone to stay at Tapear when on Phi Phi.
This gym is located on a ideal location for backpackers. It’s located nearby the street where many hostels are located at Long Beach, Koh Lanta. This is an ideal situation, because the backpackers street is also located nearby the bars and the beach. On the map it is close to the Irie Bar. So everything that a fitness backpacker needs is 5 minutes away. The entrance fee is 250 baht, but you can get a week pass for 750 baht, which is the option for people that want to train more than 3 times in a week.
The gym is well equipped, even some machines of Nautilus. This was a relief after visiting the honest gym of Tapear. There are 2 squat racks inside and 1 outside. A couple of benches, dumbells up to 50 kg and several machines. This gym is more towards the hardcore gym direction, so you shall not find many treadmills here. Lanta Sportcomplex is a good choice for excellent workouts.
I liked training in this gym. Koh Tao Gym & Fitness had all the dumbells and plates that would challenge the most experienced lifters. They also had a squat rack and several benches, machines and a cable machine. The gym had AC, which was a much need luxury in the hot Koh Tao. What I like about this gym in Koh Tao are the chains. I have never trained with chains, and this was a fine opportunity to include them in my training. The staff at the Koh Tao Gym are sweet and helpfull. Finally, you can end your workout with a delicous protein shake for a 100 baht. They have multiple flavours of the brand Dymatize.
The entrance fee is 200 Baht for 1 day and 800 baht for 5 workouts. You can find more information on www.kohtaogym.com
Rachan Gym is located in Bangkok not far from Khao San Road. There is a gym in the Buddy Hotel at Khao San Road, but this gym is not worth your money. I took a look at this gym, but it is very ill equipped for the price they ask you. Therefore, if you are a backpacker looking for a serious workout, go to Rachan Gym instead. The entrance fee is 200 baht, and you can get a protein shake for 50 baht, which is ridiculously cheap. The gym is not very big, but it has all you need. They use their space must efficiently. It is located in a garage, but you should be able to find it.
O2 Gym, I love this gym. I am at this moment nearly 4 months away from home and trained in several gyms all over South-east Asia. However, I have never trained in such a well equipped and big gym as this one in Chiang Mai. It has everything, a variety of benches, squat racks, dumbbells and machines. The machines of 02 Gym Chiang Mai are way out in front. In their repertoire there are Hammer Strength, Nautilus and Life Fitness equipment. You get all of this for a 60.000 baht entrance, which is very cheap in comparison with the more expensive down south. For 60.000 bath extra you get a protein shake with a banana included. To be honest, 02 Gym is much better than the fitness gym I go back home. Don’t miss it when you visit Chiang Mai.