Rock climbing at Railay, Thailand
Railay is a mecca for rock climbers, appealing to complete beginners and to the more experienced. Mostly bolted climbs with bouldering as well. We visited here in the low season so it was quiet. I imagine in the high season there could be some queuing for the more popular routes. Having said that there seems to be plenty to choose from.
Climbing equipment can be hired and there are several Rock Climbing shops all around Railay. Low season prices were 800 baht for half day hire and 800/1000 baht for half/full day with an instructor and equipment.
We were travelling with family who had ropes and harnesses so we did some abseiling and a couple of easy climbs with the kids (Chris's brother and sister). We wandered over to Tonsai and spent an afternoon watching people climb which was very enjoyable.
There are plenty of other climbers around and Tonsai in particular has a pretty laid back, chilled out atmosphere.
From the people we met some were here for week long climbing missions others were just passing though and hired or borrowed some kit for the day. Others had never climbed but took half or full day courses.
If you have never climbed before then think about doing a half day to start with as your arms will get tired (pumped) quickly. But if you find yourself getting hooked then take time to recover and come back the next day.
To get to Tonsai, you need to walk to the end of Railay West beach and then scramble up and over the small headland, bringing you out onto Tonsai Beach. You'll know you're in the right place by the number of people scattered around the beach, belaying and watching those climbing.
Tonsai Tower has several routes, with bamboo ladders leant up against the stalagmights providing access to some of them.
Once here you can lose yourself for days, maybe weeks working on various climbs!
The rocks hang over the beach, so there is plenty of opportunity to build up some upper body strength and work on the overhanging routes. And there is plenty of bouldering to be done too...
So grab your harness, shoes, quick draws and some long ropes, book the flight (or cycle here!) and see how long you stay in Railay!
Follow the external links for more info or the links below to see what we got up to when we were here.