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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 >>>

Description 

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',19],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',28],['5.11',12],['5.12',6],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',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   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     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   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     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: Just before the crux.  Photo: David Kaszlikowski

Vertical Vision 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Asia : Thailand : ... : Tonsai Tower
Probably one of the most exposed pitches in all of Thailand! This climb starts on the orange ledge 90 meters up the wall. From the belay, traverse right past a titanium bolt and a thread and stem out to a large free hanging stalactite. Be gentle! Continue up and right past another large tufa. Get out on the tufa for the powerful crux move, and then up and right for a pumpy and extremely airy finish! ...[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
Administrator
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!
By adventure4life
From: Apple Valley, Ca
Feb 28, 2016
I am on Koh Phi Phi right now. we also hesitated leaving Railay / Tonsai as we heard about the ban on climbing in PP from a few sources. What we found upon getting here is that yes, climbing without a permit is illegal. the permits are issued somewhere other than the island (I will try to find out today). climbing without a permit will result in a 500 baht fine. as someone pointed out earlier this is not very expensive. However, there is one guide service Phi Phi Island Climber run by Narong who has been able to secure a permit to guide on the island. The guide service is relevant because if Narong takes you out you are free from hassles of the park service (and the park service as we learned during our DWS is very hassley).
Narong is part of a now very small group of climber (about 3 remaining) working to keep the climbs safe by replacing bad bolts and threads. There is no Thaitanium project on Koh Phi Phi, everything narong makes beyond a living wage is put towards buying Titanium bolts, rings, and ropes (he says he's recently spent all his savings buying over 100 titanium bolts to place around the island). what he needs now is rope. As this is our last climbing destination we are leaving ours to Koh Phi Phi (more room in our luggage on the way home and safer routes when we return!) I haven't asked Narong about it, but he may be willing to sort out a work trade, his permit for your old rope. if this is your last climbing destination please consider leaving your rope for the other climbers to come.
If you decide to climb without a permit remember this is already an act of disrespect to local authority, they know we aren't stupid and that we are aware of the climbing ban. As anywhere being silent and respectful in the areas you climb and following Leave No Trace etiquette will greatly reduce your chance of being 'hassled' by local authority. If you do get caught please respect their authority by obeying them, paying your fines and apologizing. A bad relationship with these guys will only make problems worse.
Cheers,
Ross

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