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Rock Climbing in Phi Phi

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Do you dare to challenge yourself and try rock climbing in Phi Phi? Krabi Province is the Mecca of rock climbing in southern Thailand due to the tall limestone cliffs that are real natural landmarks of the province. Krabi offers world-class sites such as Tonsai Beach and Diamond Cave in Railay, and all along its coast.

Phi Phi Don Island may be lying 42km off the Krabi coast, but it has the same topography. You can find thrilling climbing walls both in Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh. Get information from the local shops to ensure that the many routes available have been properly rebolted recently with proper and safe glued-in stainless or titanium bolts. Professional and serious companies such as Spider Monkey, Ibex Rock Climbing, and Deaf Gecko Rock Climbing, propose courses and half or full day tours; their climbing instructors are trained to the highest safety standards.

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Rock Climbing Walls in Phi Phi Islands

Here is a list of the most notable rock climbing walls in Phi Phi Islands, many of them were first discovered and bolted by French climbers which is why many routes have French names.

Tonsai Tower, located at the western end of Tonsai Bay, is rock climbers’ paradise in Koh Phi Phi Don; this 200m tall limestone tower hosts over 20 different bolted routes featuring all levels of difficulty from beginner to experienced climber.

Drinking Wall is located on the way to Tonsai West, right behind the large empty field used to play football by local and residents at the end of afternoon. It offers a dozen of challenging bolted routes (grade 5 to 7c) in a lush environment. Go there before 11:00 if you want to get some sunlight while climbing. Note: beware of snakes in rainy season.

Ao Ling Wall (Monkey Bay Wall in Thai, despite the fact it is not situated on Monkey Bay which is on the other side of the island) is located just south of Tonsai Tower. The latest development on the island has made its access on foot rather difficult, so it’s best to hire a long-tail boat to get there. It features a good choice of routes (12) such as ‘Ligne de Vie’ (Lifeline), ‘La Main de Buddha’ (Hand of Buddha), or ‘Trip Master Monkey’ graded between 3 and 8b.

Hin Tak is a great wall overlooking Tonsai Bay located just south of Ao Ling Wall. It features at least 19 routes graded from 5 to 8b. Its location makes it only accessible by boat (get the mobile phone number of your long-tail boat captain so he’ll come to pick you up after your climbing session). The most popular route here is named ‘Happy Banana’; it’s graded 6a with one move to 6b+.

Hua Ling Wall (Monkey Head Wall in Thai) is located at the northern tip of Nui Beach on the west coast of Koh Phi Phi Don. You have to hire a long-tail boat at Loh Dalum to get there (note that the access is tricky at low tide). It features four routes graded from 6a+ to 6c.

Ao Pilay Wall is located on the west coast of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It roughly takes 20 minutes to get there by long-tail boat from Tonsai Bay in Koh Phi Phi Don. This tricky wall counts seven routes graded from 6a to 7b. The most spectacular route is named ‘Four Beers of Singha’, a 6a+ route that goes up to 35 metres.

Maya Bay features two walls. The first one is located at the northern end of the beach itself; it counts five routes between seven (‘Le Lotus Bleu’) and 18 metres (‘Travelling Shoes’) graded from 5+ to 7a+. The second Maya Bay wall is also located toward the northern end of the beach but inland. It features two 10m routes, ‘the culture of pleasure’ (10m – 7b) and ‘Japanese Girl’ (10m – 6a+).

Tonsai Tower Rock Climbing

Krabi Province is the Mecca of rock climbing in southern Thailand due to the tall limestone cliffs that are real natural landmarks of the province. Krabi offers world-class sites such as Tonsai Beach and Diamond Cave in Railay, and all along its coast. Phi Phi Don Island may be lying 42km off Krabi coast, but it has the same topography: Tonsai Tower, located at the western end of Tonsai Bay, is the rock climbers’ paradise in Phi Phi; this 200m tall limestone tower hosts 48 different bolted routes featuring all levels of difficulty from beginner to experienced climber.

Professional and serious companies such as Spider Monkey, Ibex Rock Climbing, and Deaf Gecko Rock Climbing, propose courses and half or full day tours; their climbing instructors are trained to the highest safety standards.

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Deaf Gecko Climbing

It’s not visible to the naked eye but there are around 30 climbing routes on Tonsai Tower (western end of Tonsai Bay). No one knows this better than the people at Deaf Gecko. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable and caring rock climbing school/business then check this place out. Deaf Gecko also does night climbing at full moon. Gear rental, guides, information and courses.

  • Opening Hours: Every day
  • Location: Between Tonsai Pier and Mama Beach Residence, Tonsai West
  • Tel: +66 (0)89 753 3900
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