and Travel Guide - Rock
Railay Bay Rock Climbing
The limestone cliffs that dot the entire area surrounding
Krabi are heaven for rock-climbing enthusiasts, who come
from all over the world to take up the challenge of climbing.
Over 150 odd routes have developed since the late 1980's
when Krabi first witnessed the sight of people scaling it's
craggy mountains. Routes include high quality limestone,
steep, pocketed walls, overhangs and hanging stalactites,
with some accessed by boat belay, others involving jungle
walk approaches or abseils into the sea.
The headland between Tham Phra Nang and Rai Leh Beaches
harbours some particularly popular spots, with good climbing
for beginners and more experienced climbers alike. Guided
climbs and instruction are available in most of the more
populated tourist areas, particularly in the resorts and
bungalows of Ao Nang and Rai Leh Beach. Climbing gear is
readily available for hire as is information on routes and
bolting. Extreme care must be taken however, to ensure that
your guides and equipment are reliable.
Rock Climbing Courese
Code : KB14
King Climbers (Half Day Rock Climbing)
Price : 900 Baht per person
A fun safe and exciting four hours, starting twice daily
at nine in the morning and two in the afternoon.
Code : One
Day Rock Climbing Courses
Price : 1,600 Baht per person
This course starts every day at nine in the morning (9 a.m.-1
p.m. break for lunch 2 p.m.-6 p.m.).
Code : KB16 (Three
Day Rock Climbing Courses)
Price : 5,500 Baht per person
This Course is designed to teach the techniques and theory
which will enable you to climb safely and professionally.
This course lasts four days ( includes one rest day ) .
The interior of Krabi's mainland is covered with richly
forested lands much of which is designated national park
area and ideal for avid hikers. A favoured area for hiking
is Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, featuring caves, waterfalls,
streams and rock pools. Easily reached by Songteaw, motorbike
or mountain bike, the park has several trails leading to
it's scenic spots and provides ample opportunity to observe
abundant plant and animal life along the way.
Another good hiking spot is at Khao Pra-Bang Khram next
to the Bang Teao Village. A 2.7 km forest trail - the Thung
Teao Trail - begins and ends at the Khao Nor Chuchi Sanctuary
Headquarters. Information can be obtained from the no-hunting
zone office at Ban Bang Teao.
Tonsai beach is a gym monkeys paradise. Hundreds
of steep generously bolted tendon popping routes ranging
from 6a+ to 8c. A great place to hang out climb and day
dream of that new project you're about to start sometime
Thaiwand wall is the best multi pitch crag here.
Great views and knee trembling exposure. Hard work to take
pictures of though. Here are a few....Only 4/5 30-45m pitches
to the top, depending which route you take. Great rock the
whole way up.
There are other places apart from Railay
to climb. King has been to most of them, and has
promised to provide details and pictures of some of his
Below the guys for reasons of masochism spent the night
on a porter ledge above Phi Phi on a re bolting trip. Bet
that sun felt hot though!
Phi Phi has some great climbs. To the right is
a picture of Ao Nang tower. There are better climbs around,
but the experience of getting a boat over to the tower and
belaying out of the boat is not to be missed. It's a also
a good test of your rope pulling skills, a fail means a