With dramatic karst formations rising high into the sky and the turquoise waters below, Thailand’s Krabi province offers not only some of the best rock climbing in the world but also the most picturesque backdrops from which to frame your tropical rock climbing experience.
Railay, Ton Sai and Phra Nang are the most popular climbing areas in Krabi, each being home to countless climbing locations and bolted routes.
Whether you’re trying out climbing for the very first time or are an experienced climber planning your entire Thailand holiday around rock climbing adventures, you can find the perfect location, tour or climbing school to fit your needs.
Where to go rock climbing in Krabi
The province is home to numerous climbing locations, but several stand out for beginners, intermediate climbers and advanced pros throughout the region.
The Diamond Cave Wall near Railay East Beach is one of the region’s most commonly-visited climbs favoured by local rock climbing schools since it’s ideal for both beginner and intermediate climbers with 15 different routes at varying grades and levels of difficulty.
Also at East Railay Beach, you’ll find 123 Wall, which boasts hundreds of routes and some of the best views around, as well as the steep Duncan’s Boot, a popular wall with intermediate and advanced climbers. At the end of Phra Nang Beach in Railay, Escher Wall is another go-to spot that has routes suitable for all levels.
How to get started
The best way to have a safe but still thrilling climbing adventure is to opt for an organised course or trip through a rock-climbing school. Half-day climbing trips typically last for four to five hours depending on how far the climbing locations are from your starting point. These itineraries are excellent for beginners (as well as intermediate) climbers to get a taste of climbing without committing to a longer, more expensive experience.
Intermediate and more seasoned climbers tend to choose full-day (often around 7-8 hours) climbing trips that allow for more time on longer, more complicated routes. Experienced climbers often also like to choose multi-day journeys that include time spent at several climbing locations throughout the province.
Of course, private climbing excursions with trained guides are also available for those wanting a more personalised experience.
Rock climbing schools in Krabi
Most climbing experiences are organised through local rock-climbing schools. These organisations pair you with experienced guides who know the area best and can not only guide you to the most interesting climbs, but help further your climbing skills. Schools also offer climbing courses for those just starting out or climbers who want to practise certain skill sets or in specific locations.
There are several options for rock climbing schools in Krabi, with the more well-recognised ones including Real Rocks Climbing School, Krabi Rock Climbing, The Rock Shop, Tonsai Rock Climbing and Hot Rocks. While many offer similar options and experiences, it’s still smart to do your research to find the school, programme, timing or instructor that is best suited to your interests and climbing level.