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Prof. Bruno Carvalho is also an accomplished MMA fighter with 26 fights over a 10+ year career. Bruno had an eight-fight win stream from 2009 to 2011 during which he won the World Freefight Challenge middleweight title. He has fought all over the world including a lengthy stint at the UK based Cage Warriors promotion.
Dylan Fussell is the head MMA coach at Team Quest Thailand and a brown belt under Nic Gregorides of the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood. He began his MMA training at Team Quest in the US along side MMA legends, Randy Couture and Matt Lindland. Coach Dylan has been a regular headline in the Thai MMA scene and has a notable win over UFC Vet, Carlo Prater in WSOF Global. He is currently signed to Pacific Extreme Combat where he won his debut fight in July 2016.
Pongsiri “Piak” Mitsatit is an undefeated (7-0) Thai MMA prospect and a Northern Thailand Muay Thai champion. He recently won his ONE Championship debut in dominant fashion. He has an inspiration story hailing from a very humble beginnings hailing from a small isolated village several hours north of Chiang Mai. Piak now also works as a Muay Thai trainer at Team Quest Thailand.
Team Quest Thailand is also home to a very friendly cat who likes to visit during BJJ classes. She even has her own Facebook page and has since been promoted to blue belt.
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Team Quest Thailand offers private onsite rooms for 7000 THB a month and shared rooms for 3000 THB a month. The office can also help you find a clean affordable rooms at a number of different guest houses down the road.
Chiang Mai is a great city for delicious, exotic and inexpensive cuisine. If you’re focused on training and want to stay close to the gym, there are a lot of good options at Central Airport mall, a short walk from Team Quest Thailand. You can find delicious authentic thai food in the food court at the basement level and the top level “Food Pavilion,” next to the cinema. If you’re new to Thailand, this maybe a good place to start as these stalls have the food on display, english speaking staff and clear prices. If you’re slightly more adventurous, you can also find many street food vendors in the evenings on Thipanet Road, a short walk north from the gym.
For those with a keen appetite, Chiang Mai is the home of thai BBQ referred to as “mu gata.” There is a hot plate in the center for cooking meat and water on the side for boiling vegetables and noodles. You have unlimited access to a wide variety of meats (e.g. chicken, beef, pork, fish, shrimp, shellfish), vegetables, noodles. There is also some prepared thai food, fruit and desserts you can choose from. These BBQ restaurants typically cost around 250 baht and are a great way to refuel after a hard day of training. A couple popular ones are Saichon Seafood Buffet, west of the old city and Sukontha Buffet, north west of the old city,
If you have some more time to explore, it might be good to take a food tour. Chiang Mai Street Food Tours will take you to the street food vendors at Chang Puak gate at the northern end of the old city and Chiang Mai gate at the south end of the old city. You can try a lot of different foods you might not find on your own and the guides are open to any questions you might have.
Taking a cooking class is a great way to get acquainted with Thai cuisine as well. There are many good options but you’re willing to spend a whole day, you can try Thai Farm Cooking School. They will drive out out of the city center to a private organic farm north of Chiang Mai where you can see how many ingredients in Thailand are grown. They will teach you to prepare 5-6 dishes as well and you’ll have the opportunity to taste the fruits of your labor.
Chiang Mai also has a flourishing coffee culture. An area west of the old city, known as Nimmanhaemin is home to many popular cafes, including Ristr8to. A number of these cafes will feature beans sourced from the mountain near to Chiang Mai. You can also get your acai fix at Rustic and Blue on Nimmanahemin Soi 7.
Team Quest Thailand is located in an extremely convenient part of town. If you plan to focus on training, you could easily walk everywhere you need to be. However, if you want to get out explore the city as well, it would be best to rent a motorbike. There isn’t a good public transportation system in Chiang Mai and some drivers will price gouge tourists. The office can help arrange motor bike rentals.
If you are not comfortable riding a scooter or do not have a license, you can find local transport at Central Airport Mall, a 5-10 minute walk from Team Quest Thailand. Songthaews are pick up trucks with a cover and two rows of benches and act as public taxis. The ones serving Chiang Mai city center are painted red and the ones serving Hang Dong (south of Chiang Mai) are painted yellow. Most songthaews have no set route and can pick up more than one passenger as long their destinations are en route. There are no standard fares and prices will need to be negotiated. Tuk Tuks are a novelty and generally much more expensive and less comfortable than songthaews.
The airport has two licensed taxi services who both charge a standard 160 baht fare for a ride to the city center. Make sure to get a slip from the counters before leaving the airport. There are also a few songthaews and tuk tuks lingering around but they are usually few in number. Team Quest Thailand is only 1 mile from the airport so you could easily walk if you don’t have a lot of luggage with you.
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