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About Climbing in Thailand

Climbing in Thailand is probably one of the most spectacular activities that you can do. Unlike other rock climbing experiences, climbing in southern Thailand on lime stone surfaces that are only accessible by sea or, located right smack on the beach. Other good rock climbing locutions are in central Thailand and the north.

Some of the best locations for rock climbing are in the central region near Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani, or in the spectacular limestone mountains that run through Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. On the east coast and easily accessible from Bangkok are sites in Chon Buri, The spectacular coastal cliffs of Railway Beach in Krabi are the climbing focus of the south, with further pitches to be found on some of the islands.

Surprisingly, rock climbing is not necessarily as arduous as one may think. Granted, being physically fit is a general must, especially upper body strength as you will need to lift your entire body weight with both arms and sometimes just your finger tips. Great climbing can also be experienced through in-door climbing and can be great fun for families.

 

How to get started?

To start off on a rock climbing experience is pretty simple, drop by at any gym that offers climbing walls for practice. This will give you a general idea on the sport. While in Thailand, visit some of these facilities to see if this is something you'd like to pursue further. Most places would be able hook you up with or, at least refer you to, reliable rock climbing schools and service operators.

Central Thailand
Bangkok

Bangkok Rock Climbing www.thaiclimbing.com Tel: (66) 2434 6100, Sports World in Lat Phrao, Outside High Altitude, Proclimber www.proclimberthailand.com, Sports World at Fashion Island Ramindra and Sports World at Seri Centre.

Pattaya

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya www.hardrockhotels.net/pattaya

Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai

C3 (Chiang Mai Climbing Club) www.thailandclimbing.com, The Peak - located at the back of the Chiang Inn Plaza near the Night Bazaar, The Bamboo Man Adventure Club www.track-of-the-tiger.com and Sports World at Kad Suan Kaew Department Store.

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Southern Thailand
Surat Thani

Sports World at Sports World Department Store.

Phuket

Quest Laguna Phuket is Phuket's only climbing wall www.lagunaphuket.com/activities/quest-camp-laguna.html, located within the Laguna complex.

Once you're more comfortable with the basics, you can then sign-up for outdoor climbing with service operators. Most basic courses last up to 3 days after which you will be able to try out the more challenging climbs. Your service operator will be able to give you instructions for appropriate climbs according to your skill. The level of skill required for each climbing site is indicated by standardized grading. Thailand uses the French system which is generally accepted as the best sport-route grading method. The reason for using the French grades in Thailand is because the first routes in the country were put up by the French. According to the French system, 4 is considered easy whereas 8b is very difficult.

Also be sure to consult the Thailand Rock Climbing Federation Tel: (66) 2373 8725, (66) 2729 4773 and the Bangkok Rock Climbing Club Tel: (66) 2434 6100, (66) 2435 5797. They will be able to provide you with details on reliable service providers as well as climbing sites in Thailand.

Climbing can be a dangerous sport and if you're a beginner it's always best to signup for trips with a service provider who will be able to provide you with trained staff to accompany you on climbs. Even if you're a seasoned climber, consulting a local means you will be provided with information on the various sites and the level of difficulty. It should be noted that most accidents in this sport happen because the climber, not equipment failure, thus making consultations with trained professionals very important.

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