Climb routes of outstanding quality, some straight off the beach. A twelve night fully guided tour of what many consider to be the most beautiful and exciting climbing destination in the world. Designed to give you a good flavor of what South East Asia has to offer.
Rock Climbing In Thailand
For close to thirty years Thailand has been the tropical sport climbing destination of choice. This is where it all began. The first of the exotic, Far East climbing destinations and still considered by many to be the best!
Southern Thailand is a must visit destination for any sport climber with a sense of adventure and an interest in experiencing other cultures. Remote islands and peninsulas cut off by imposing limestone cliffs and dense jungle making the approach often only possible by boat. Thailand is a climbing paradise consisting of classic three dimensional climbing on pocketed limestone walls, with tufas and flow-stone formations.
Many climbs begin straight from golden sandy beaches or directly out of the ocean requiring a traditional long tail boat or kayak approach. The jungle crags could have you rubbing shoulders with monkeys, gibbons or monitor lizards. It is also not uncommon to spot dolphins, sea eagles, kingfishers, turtles or flying fish while gazing down from belay ledges on multi pitch routes or during boat trips between the islands.
Type Of Climbing
- Ideal for those climbing F6A - F7B+ (5.10-5.12c)
- Great for non climbers and family members
- Inland and sea cliff climbing
- Single Pitch Sport climbing
- 9 days climbing with certified climbing guide
- 12 nights accommodation
- All equipment
- Transport to and from venues including boats
- Three different climbing areas
- Maximum instructor-client ratio is 1:6
- Lots of fun climbing!
On your arrival at Krabi airport, you will be met by our local taxi driver Mac (who speaks good English and even a bit of Dutch, French, German and Spanish!). The journey begins! On the way to your accommodation in Ao Nang you will be passing huge limestone karsts, nestled in evergreen, lush rainforest. You will arrive at the Dawn of Happiness, a small resort in a beautiful tranquil tropical garden. Lounging by the swimming pool, surrounded by flowers, palm trees, banana trees and papaya's, this is the place to relax and unwind. The resort is run by a lovely Thai family.
Ao Nang 12 Nights
Ao Nang is a seaside resort close to the main climbing areas of Tonsai and Railay. Both being less than 15 minutes by boat, these two areas have become the most popular over the last 20 years and although sometimes very busy they are home to some incredible climbs - many of which have become established classics of the continent. Both will be visited as day excursions. In recent years new climbing areas have been developed on the outskirts of Ao Nang - our guides will use their local knowledge to steer you away from the crowds while enjoying the best they have to offer. Most of the local climbing comes into the sun at around 2pm so are morning venues - leaving you plenty of time to enjoy what Ao Nang has to offer from its abundant choice of restaurants, cafes, and bars (with plenty of live music playing in the evenings). It is also the perfect place to visit local markets, take Thai cookery lessons, book a diving course or enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach.
Koh Yao Noi - Optional Day Excursion
Koh Yao Noi is another of the newer destinations. From Ao Nang it is a 45 min drive to a small pier where a long tail boat can be taken directly to the climbing on this sleepy island. Pace of life seems to have slowed down here. The one road that goes round the island is quiet. Weather permitting, Deep Water Soloing may be an option on many of the small karsts islands that lie close to Koh Yao Noi. An overnight stay is also possible on this island.
Ban na San - Optional Two Day Excursion
In recent years, Rock & Sun has developed new areas in Thailand. One of them is Ban na San, about 2 hours drive from Ao Nang. This area doesn't see many Western tourists, so just walking around the food market in the evening is an experience on its own. For us, as well as the Thai! The climbing here is very interesting and diverse, plus you will be amongst the first people to climb these routes. For more information on new route development and how to place titanium bolts, please read these two articles: The Case For Resin Bolts and Placing Titanium Bolts.
Koh Phi Phi - Optional Day Excursion
Koh Phi Phi is an incredibly beautiful island it has been the back drop for numerous movies - most notably The Beach. This has led to the island becoming hugely popular with tourists and as a result not such a great place to stay - but it does have some fantastic climbing. It is possible to catch a morning ferry from Ao Nang to get an afternoon’s climbing in. Perhaps worth the trip just for the scenery from the boat trip alone.
Your in-country guide, Trevor Massiah, has been climbing and developing climbing areas and routes in Thailand and other places for over twenty years. He will make sure you get the best possible climbing experience. Trevor and his team will ensure that you avoid the crowds and areas that may be considered spoilt, and instead guide you to the best of the classics, the newly developed areas and secret spots. They will allow you to relax and enjoy your trip of a lifetime, ensuring the most taxing thing that you might have to do is choose a fantastic Thai meal from the menu - and even this will be made easier with their help! If you decide to stay on longer, private guided climbing is available - please get in touch and ask for more details.
You will be staying at the Dawn of Happiness Garden Resort just outside of Ao Nang. Accommodation is in a Thai style concrete bungalows with air-conditioning, hot showers and Wi-Fi. The bungalows are situated in a lush tropical garden, dotted around the swimming pool.
The price of this climbing holiday is based on sharing a bungalow with one person of the same gender (Couples will share). If you prefer a single bungalow, a supplement is payable.
Flights and Transfers
Fly into and out of Krabi airport.
Transfers to/from Krabi and your accommodation in Ao Nang are included in this Sport Climbing Holiday.
More detailed travel and transfer information will be available in your booking confirmation pack.
Please contact us before booking your flights.
Multi-Pitch Climbing In Thailand
Thailand has some amazing adventures awaiting for you. The limestone karsts that tower above the tropical blue bays of Railay and Ton Sai offer great opportunities for multi-pitch climbing. If you want to take the opportunity to climb some of Thailand's classic multi-pitch routes such as Humanality, Ao Nang Tower or Lord of the Thais, then go to: Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday Thailand.
12th January 2020
I’ve never really climbed outdoors…
6th January 2020
Easily one of the best holidays I’ve ever had.
Accommodation was comfortable and in beautiful surroundings. Just excellent trip all round. Thank you
6th January 2020
One of the best trips I can remember…
6th January 2020
Thailand was awesome!
20th December 2019
Exactly what I was after
18th December 2019
I absolutely had the best time!
18th February 2019
Very nice and relaxed climbing holiday…
28th January 2019
Truly the holiday of a lifetime!
The locations and adventures that were handpicked by Dees and Trev are just perfect! Also they are the safest and most conscientious climbing guides I have ever climbed with. They constantly ensure safety is paramount and this only adds to the enjoyment and efficiency of all climbing. I can’t recommend this holiday enough!
The climbing took my breath away daily, and was so different to European climbing (which I love too!) but offered so much more variety and really pushed me to my best ability by far! Dees and Trev are such knowledgeable instructors, and also as a bonus are fantastic company! Can’t wait to experience this trip again, December can’t come quickly enough!
7th January 2019
The island part of the holiday was really something special…
14th December 2016
An amazing journey through Thailand with Rock and Sun…
17th January 2017
Best climbing ever…
22nd February 2017
The best two weeks ever!! Top notch coaching…
11th December 2017
One of my all time favourite holidays from start to finish…
3rd January 2018
Great introduction to outdoor climbing with the perfect setting and coaches…
12th February 2018
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