Area & Style of Climbing
Phra Nang Peninsula – Sport Climbing
The two most developed areas for climbing in Thailand; Railey beach and Tonsai beach are located on the Phra Nang peninsular in the Southern Thai province of Krabi.
OverviewGreat sport climbing destination for the traveling climber. Tropical limestone with loads of wild tufa and stalactite formations giving you a 3D climbing experience. There’s a wealth of steep single-pitch power endurance routes, plus a bunch of truly memorable multi-pitches overlooking the Andaman sea. All this minutes from the beach and bars. As the vast majority of the climbers are travelers, often on their own, you can pretty much just turn up and be guaranteed to find a partner out there.
Best Time to Go & Conditions
The best times to go as far as temperatures are concerned are the winter months (November – April). However, this is also the high season with climbers and non-climbers alike migrating away from their cold, dark homelands. This inevitably will mean higher prices, possible difficulties finding accommodation, queues on more popular routes etc. The low season runs from May to October, with May said to be the hottest month.
Celine de Waal Malefijt on the super classic Burnt Offering (F7a+), photo by Rosa Rovekamp Rainfall - June to October is supposed to be the rainy season. However, bear in mind this is the tropics, it can rain any time. I never had much of a problem with rain as it tended to be short and sharp, with a quick drying time. Also, some walls are so steep there are routes that are always dry.
Getting ThereIf you fly into Bangkok from the UK you've got several options of getting to Krabi town: 1. Fly from Bangkok to Krabi airport (most expensive but fast and comfortable). 2. Take the overnight bus from Bangkok to Krabi town (cheapest option). 3. Take a train to from Bangkok to Surat Thani (~150km North of Krabi town), then take a bus to Krabi town (more expensive and time consuming than a night bus, but some people vouch for its comfort). Either way, once you’re in Krabi town you need to find a longtail boat to take you to Railey / Tonsai beach. These beaches located on the Phra Nang peninsula are only accessible by boat. The boats will generally drop you off at Railey. The two beaches are separated by a short (10-15min) steep walk over a little hill.
Virtually all the climbs are within 30min walk from either of the beaches.