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Koh Phi-Phi Rock Climbing 

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Warning Stainless-steel bolts are suspect near the coast. A rebolting effort is underway. MORE INFO >>>


Welcome to Paradise!

The birthplace of climbing in Thailand. See the 1992 issue of Rock and Ice. Well developed with many places to stay and a functioning ATM. Very popular with tourists and divers, the island offers perfect beaches, excellent snorkeling, great diving, challenging game fishing and lots of activities like rock climbing, kayaking and local boat trips. Make sure to plan a day to trek up over the mountain to the Viewpoint Three and the remote beaches on the east side, and another early morning to spend on Phi Phi Leh.

The climbing is excellent at all grades up to 5.13b with the bulk of the routes in the 5.10 and 5.11 range. Hands down the best 5.10 multi pitch climbing in Thailand!

There are actually six islands in the Phi Phi group, with Phi Phi Don hosting all of the accommodation and nearly all of the climbing.

The rebolting process is ongoing and never-ending. Many people have put in their own time and money. If you climb here you owe it to the local community to make a donation. They have worked for over a decade now and you owe your life to them... literally! Inquire at Cat's Climbing Shop or email Shamick Byszewski

As most people are aware, this island was devastated in the December 2004 tsunami. The island has recovered well from the disaster, back on its feet, with the majority of buildings reconstructed and businesses eager to welcome people back.

However, the locals lost everything. Please support local business! Many businesses (even one climbing shop) are owned by foreigners. Don't be afraid to ask if the business is Thai owned because you should be spending money at the Thai owned shops.

Guide books:
  • Thailand: A Climbing Guide by Sam Lightner Jr. (2005)

  • Thailand Sport Climbing, The Pocket Guide 2010 by Sirichai Pongsopon at The Rock Shop (2010)

Getting There 

Ferry boats arrive daily from Krabi Town, Phuket and Ao Nang. Take a bus or fly to any of these areas. If you are traveling over land it is always cheaper and easier to get a combo ticket (bus+boat). If flying, buy a ticket at the airport when you land.

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Climbing Season

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

53 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Koh Phi-Phi

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Koh Phi-Phi:
Pai Noon Mai   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 75'   Tonsai Tower
Golden Copulation   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 130'   Tonsai Tower
The Hand of Bhudda   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   The Oyster Blade
High Noon (Formerly Mr. Phi Phi)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   Tonsai Tower
Gladiator   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Tonsai Tower
Stolen Russian Submarine   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Tonsai Tower
Happy Banana   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 5 pitches, 250'   Hin Tak
Luis Trinker   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Drinking Wall
The Severed Garden   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 60'   Tonsai Tower
Rev de Phi Phi Don   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 6 pitches, 450'   Tonsai Tower
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Featured Route For Koh Phi-Phi
Rock Climbing Photo: Hanging out on the rest ledge after the crux.

Luis Trinker 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Asia : Thailand : ... : Drinking Wall
This is probably the best route on the Drinking Wall and one of the best on Phi Phi Island. The first half of the route climbs powerful overhanging rock to a good rest ledge. Then continue up steep delicate face and crack climbing to the anchor. A must do!...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Koh Phi-Phi Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Judy bouldering at Maya Bay
Judy bouldering at Maya Bay
Rock Climbing Photo: the Payoff!  The view from the top, right before t...
the Payoff! The view from the top, right before t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tonsi Tower
Tonsi Tower
Rock Climbing Photo: Jonas, Ryan, Eliza working on new routes on Tonsai...
Jonas, Ryan, Eliza working on new routes on Tonsai...
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg Martinez on Tonsi Tower horizontal jugs
Greg Martinez on Tonsi Tower horizontal jugs
Rock Climbing Photo: Black Wasp Danger 1 sting you will swell up like a...
Black Wasp Danger 1 sting you will swell up like a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Phi Phi from Viewpoint Three near the radio tower....
Phi Phi from Viewpoint Three near the radio tower....
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Tonsai Bay climbing areas
View of Tonsai Bay climbing areas
Rock Climbing Photo: Overlooking Phi Phi
Overlooking Phi Phi
Rock Climbing Photo: Shamick Byszewski rebolting "Rev de Phi Phi D...
Shamick Byszewski rebolting "Rev de Phi Phi D...

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By Curt Hokanson
May 3, 2011
Has to be one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Had a wonderful vacation there with my girlfriend, climbing on Ton Sai Tower and laying on the beaches. Research hotels before hand because it can be a little overwhelming at the dock!
By Steve Pulver
From: Williston, ND
Oct 15, 2011
I showed up here in '99 and was unable to find a climbing partner, also some of the people (all non-climbers, so they probably didn't know what they were talking about) warned me about bad bolts here. At which point I went over to Phra Nang and climbed there the rest of my trip; and found a lot of people to climb with. I'm just wondering if things have changed? If I show up are there going to be potential climbing partners here?
By Ryan Williams
From: London (sort of)
Oct 16, 2011
Things have changed a lot. All of the roues on Tonsai Tower, Drinking Wall and Hin Tak have been re-equipped with either Stainless or Titanium glue in bots. There aren't loads of climbers around... but you should be able to find partners.

You'll be blown away by the amount of development since '99 though, no matter where you go in southern Thailand. It's quite a bit different now than it was back then. You probably won't like it.
By wfscot
From: Las Vegas
Jul 2, 2013
For those looking for easier climbs, this is an awesome alternative to the Muay Thai and 1, 2, 3 walls at Railay. When we were in the area in Nov. 2012, Muay Thai and 1, 2, 3 were shit shows every day with literally dozens of ropes. We decided to hit Phi Phi up for a few days and had Tonsai Tower all to ourselves.

Most of the climbs are super juggy, which should allow even beginners to get some good exposure. Highly recommended!

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