Rock Climbing

Phuket Tourist Information Guide

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Rock climbing in Phuket is popular, but most of the climbing is found off-shore at Koh Yao Noi Island; or even at nearby provinces like Krabi where there is world-class climbing at Railay and Tonsai beaches.

Koh Yao Noi Island was in the past a great place for climbing, but Thailand’s National Park’s chief, with jurisdiction over the area, has suspended climbing there in 2016 due to safety concerns. This area may open up again, but for the time being it’s closed and you’ll have to head over to Koh Phi Phi Islands from Phuket for the closest place to climb.

Boats to Phi Phi can be chartered, or there are regular trips by ferry every day. A very popular Phi Phi rock climbing area is “Tonsai Tower” which offers routes from 12-28 meters high.

Ao Sane Beach in Southern Phuket has two boulders you can climb, but that will entertain you for a short time before you’re dreaming about more options.

For the best climbing experience, with dozens of routes and world-class rock climbing, take a boat from Phuket to Railay Beach in Krabi and stay at Tonsai Beach. There’s really nothing like it in the world and it is the number one destination for some of the best rock climbers in the world!

If you’re not looking for all the thrill and danger inherent in climbing limestone cliffs, you can opt for indoor rock climbing instead. There are indoor walls you can climb at Rebel Rock Climbing in Thalang, just east of the Phuket International Airport (HKT). They have an extensive assortment of routes on walls of varying difficulty. Prices start around 600 Thai Baht for two hours and they offer top rope courses to teach you the sport, starting with the basics for just under 2,000 THB.

Indoor rock-climbing walls are great for practice and the perfect way to get kids started in the sport!

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