Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Rock Climbing at Railay (Rai la/Ton Sai) Beach

After visting Thale Waek in the morning we hopped back on the boat for a short trip to Railay Beach for rock climbing. Krabi is a WORLD famous rock climbing destination with people coming from all over to climb there, with a lot of varied routes and breathtaking scenery when you get up there – I can see why they like it!

This beach is generally divided into two sections, east and west. West Railay provides visitors with peace and quiet as it is a broad sandy beach with fewer facilities than Ao Nang. East Railay which lies across the peninsula from West Railay is different from other beaches in the area as it could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially during low tide. In addition to remarkable views and mangrove forests to the north of the beach, the main attraction for visitors to Hat Railay is the adrenaline pumping activity of cliff climbing. The limestone cliffs on the huge headland between Hat Rai La East and Tham Phra Nang, as well as other nearby islands provide world-class rock climbing facilities against a stunning backdrop of the sea with approximately 700 sport routes of mid to high difficulty ratings.

There are supposed to be over 300 routes ranging from beginner 5a’s to classic multipitch 6a’s right up to the extremes of 8c (according to the French grading system).

There were people from all over the World climbing there, USA, UK, Italy, Germany and goodness knows where else!

Rock Climbing at Railay

We were supervised by the lovely guys and gals from Nomad Adventure – they are the folks behind Summit Climbing Gym led by Yuen Li (do read her bio).

Yuen Li

Yuen Li is extremely passionate about what she does and very experienced, she’s quite in demand as a public speaker for motivational seminars and other topics.

We were expertly guided by the team from Nomad including Salfarina Mohd Drus – the current #1 female climber in Malaysia world rank of #58.

Salfarina helping Joleen

There was of course loads of muscular ang mohs to put me to shame.

Rock Climber

We had 3 routes up (varying in difficulty), you had to get there pretty early and mark your spots as it’s a free for all – everyone had a go.

Idora Descending

The main routes were pretty tall, maybe up to 200 feet. I saw one of the Thai guides lead climb to the top in less than 3 minutes…amazing.

Main Route

Hanging the Air Asia banner.

Air Asia in Krabi

The foot (accent shot ftw)

The Foot

Joleen tackling the hardest of the 3 routes.

Joleen Climbing

This was the guy that went up to the top in a couple of minutes, nice shirt eh.

No Money - No Honey!

This guy really struggled up, it took him 5 attempts to pass this part…the funny thing was, after he’d come back down his dad had a go and did it first time!

Struggling

You can see why people love to climb there, the scenery is spectacular.

Railay Scenery

The group shot including press, Nomad Adventure and Air Asia.

Railay Group Shot

With me!

Railay Group Shot

We had some lunch on the beach, the most amazing part was when the guide walking through the ocean with a silver platter of perfectly cut and arranged fruit.

That was really something! I have to applaud Mr See Tho for training his staff at See Tho holidays so well, the service is exceptional.

We headed back to check out the last 3 islands after lunch.

Day 3 coming soon!

You can read more about Krabi here:

Krabi on Wikitravel

Krabi Province on Wikipedia

Book your tickets to Krabi with Air Asia.

Krabi Thailand Trip Day 1 – Flight, Tiger Cave (Wat Tham Sua), The Fruit Market, Fish Farm & Krabi La Playa
Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Island Hopping (Thale Waek, Poda, Chicken and Tup Island), Snorkeling & A Thai Massage!

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2 Responses to Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Rock Climbing at Railay (Rai la/Ton Sai) Beach

  1. Grant S. August 31, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    This may be blatant advertising, ST, 😉 but it’s worked! I am going there as soon as I can arrange some time off – looks spectacular. 🙂

  2. rainerteh September 2, 2007 at 4:48 am #

    so did u climb with a belayer? or u climb without safety?