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Rock climbing Railay

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With hundreds of bolted routes leading up vertical limestone cliffs to pinnacles affording marvellous views, Railay remains a dream destination for climbers.

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Overseen by both Thai and foreign climbing experts, safety is taken seriously and the overall rock quality is excellent. We’ve been told that many routes are regularly re-bolted with titanium gear. Crags, crevices, caves and ledges riddle the cliffs, providing all sorts of holds. On the French grading scale, the easiest routes are scored at 5a while several challenging climbs reach up to 8c. 

See? It is easy. Photo taken in or around Rock climbing Railay, Railay Beach, Thailand by David Luekens.

See? It is easy. Photo: David Luekens

Some of the best-known cliffs, each with various climbing routes, include One Two Three Wall at the southern end of Railay East, the massive Thaiwand Wall at the southern side of Railay West and Ao Nang Tower, which can only be reached by boat and dares you to go for an extremely difficult third pitch. These are just a few of the options—in total Railay boasts some 700 known routes.

While the above are all on the difficult side, the peninsula also has several cliffs used on a daily basis for beginner to moderate level instruction. The mostly vertical cliffs do look daunting to beginners, but limestone is relatively easy to climb on and the routes have been extensively mapped and belayed by local climbers, including many who have lived on Railay for decades.

In 2016, a new national park chief banned rock climbing in parts of Hat Noppharat Thara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, which partly includes Railay. On our last visit in mid 2018, local instructors told us that climbing has continued as normal on the peninsula itself, but deep water soloing (free climbing a seaside cliff and then freefalling into the water) has been banned. However we did see deep-water soloing excursions offered on the ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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