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Laem Phra Nang (Railey and Tonsai Beaches) Rock Climbing 

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


Protection may vary from what you read in the guidebooks or here on this site as routes get rebolted and threads/slings are added or subtracted from a route.

Located in the Southern Province of Krabi, the peninsula of Phra Nang/Railay Beach is isolated from the mainland by the very cliffs we climb/play on, accessible only by boat from Ao Nang, Ao Nam Mao or Krabi Town. Once you're there, you will find yourself surrounded by the beautiful Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and fantastic limestone cliffs. It has plenty of activities for the average tourists (sun, sand, sea, cuisine, massages, kayaking, diving) but let's admit it: we're here to climb, play and chill out in an exotic tropical paradise.

The Peninsula is actually divided into distinct areas: West Railay, East Railay, Tonsai Bay and Phra Nang Beach (see photo map). The routes are all bolted sport-climbing routes. The French grading system is used.

It's probably the most popular place in Krabi to spend Christmas and New Year, with the limited number of rooms filling up around six months in advance.

ATMs located in Bobo's Market and along the path through the resorts to Railay East near a mini-mart, another is located on the East beach in front of the Viewpoint Resort. There is an ATM on Railay Beach, but not Tonsai (as of Feb 2014). There are several mini-marts and a couple of internet cafes. There are no cars or roads in Railay, which also gives the place a relaxed feel. All the climbing areas are a short walk away.

Guide book:

Getting There 

Bus, train or plane.

By Plane: most travelers can fly directly into Krabi Airport or Phuket Airport. A short 1-hr taxi ride from Krabi or 2-hr taxi from Phuket to Ao Nang beach or Ao Nam Mao followed by a 15-minute long-tailed boat ride to either Railay West/Tonsai Beach from Ao Nang or a 15-minute long-tailed boat from Ao Nam Mao if staying at Railay East.

By Train: Overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, then you must take a bus (or taxi) to Krabi which takes around 2-3 hours.

By Bus: (not recommended) cheapest way to travel, but you get what you pay for. From Gov't buses and travel agency Death Coaches you have several options, just be choosey.


Please check under the individual areas.

Guide Services 

  • Cliffsman Climbing
  • Tex Rock Climbing
  • Hot Rocks
  • Krabi Rock Climbing


Other Resources 

Things to do 

  • Wat Sai Thai
The monastery is Krabi's central temple and a local gathering point during Buddhist events and weddings. The main attraction in the temple is an impressive reclining Buddha image.
  • Wat Tham Suea
Which literally means tiger cave temple, is located in the Khiriwong Valley amidst lush forests and mountains with large trees over a hundred years old approximately 9 kilometers northeast of Krabi Town. Aside from being the site of a meditation center, the compound is also a place of archaeological and historical interest as excavations have uncovered stone tools, pottery remains and Buddha footprint crafting molds. In addition, a cave in the compound has what appears to be tiger paw prints in the stone

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

262 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',41],['3 Stars',113],['2 Stars',78],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Laem Phra Nang (Railey and Tonsai Beaches)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Laem Phra Nang (Railey and Tonsai Beaches):
Groove Tube   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Tonsai Bay : Fire Wall
Monkey Love   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Railay West : The Thaiwand
Humanality   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 300'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Ladder Routes (Humanality A...
Missing Snow   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   Tonsai Bay : Tyrolean Wall
The Candlestick   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 370'   Railay West : The Candlestick Wall
The Best Route In Minnesota   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Phra Nang Beach : Escher World
Orange Chandeliers   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   Tonsai Bay : Ao Nang Tower
Equatorial   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Railay West : The Thaiwand
Dozer Days   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   Tonsai Bay : The Nest
Lion King   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Tonsai Bay : Dum's Kitchen
Heart of Darkness   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 350'   Tonsai Bay : Cat Wall
Babes in Thailand   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Main Wall (Babes in Thailan...
Tonsai Playboy   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Main Wall (Babes in Thailan...
Burnt Offerings   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   Tonsai Bay : Fire Wall
Wake and Bake   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Tonsai Bay : Dum's Kitchen
Lord of the Thai's   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Railay West : The Thaiwand
Tidal Wave   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Tonsai Roof (Tidal Wave Are...
Orange Juice   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   Railay West : The Thaiwand
Bhet Mak Mak   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Main Wall (Babes in Thailan...
Jaidom   5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Tonsai Bay : Dum's Kitchen
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Orange Chandeliers 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Asia : Thailand : ... : Ao Nang Tower
Climb out of the boat on the right side of the tower to an anchor about 10 ft out of the water. You can belay your second up from here. From here traverse left ~50 feet with a fixed line and threads to clip, about 5.7. We belayed this section but it could easily be solo'd as you are above water after all.Pitch 1 5.10d 10 bolts, 105 feet.Climb upwards on tufas and stalactites, pulling a few steeper bulges along the way.Pitch 2 5.11a 6 bolts 60 feetNegotiate the steep start, then head up easier...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Laem Phra Nang (Railey and Tonsai Beaches) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: clay allred deep water solo
clay allred deep water solo
Rock Climbing Photo: This is Kay bouldering at some random island a few...
This is Kay bouldering at some random island a few...
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful Railey sunset.
Beautiful Railey sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the bay from top of some route on Fire Wal...
View of the bay from top of some route on Fire Wal...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is how most climbers arrive in Krabi, walking...
This is how most climbers arrive in Krabi, walking...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hanging out over Railey
Hanging out over Railey
Rock Climbing Photo: orange chandeliers, ao nang thailand
orange chandeliers, ao nang thailand
Rock Climbing Photo: Overlooking Phra Nang Beach
Overlooking Phra Nang Beach
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking towards Railey & Tonsai
Looking towards Railey & Tonsai
Rock Climbing Photo: Railay West and Tonsai Beach
Railay West and Tonsai Beach
Rock Climbing Photo: Sand to Stone at Tonsai
Sand to Stone at Tonsai
Rock Climbing Photo: Deep water soloing cliff near Tonsai
Deep water soloing cliff near Tonsai
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of Railay peninsula
BETA PHOTO: Map of Railay peninsula
Rock Climbing Photo: West Railay beach with long-tail boats
West Railay beach with long-tail boats
Rock Climbing Photo: There are so many stellar climbs in Tonsai.  Howev...
There are so many stellar climbs in Tonsai. Howev...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at Railey
Sunset at Railey
Rock Climbing Photo: sun set at 123 wall
sun set at 123 wall
Rock Climbing Photo: yo yo yo, come to the fire show!!
yo yo yo, come to the fire show!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Thaiwand wall
Thaiwand wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Perfect rest day - sit on the beach, eat grilled c...
Perfect rest day - sit on the beach, eat grilled c...
Rock Climbing Photo: The problem is real, it's obvious. Are you doing y...
The problem is real, it's obvious. Are you doing y...
Rock Climbing Photo: Leslie Allred smokes it on the Thaiwand.
Leslie Allred smokes it on the Thaiwand.
Rock Climbing Photo: Happy Island on Phranang Beach
Happy Island on Phranang Beach
Rock Climbing Photo: Traditional bolt and hanger on Phranang Beach.  Th...
Traditional bolt and hanger on Phranang Beach. Th...

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By Charlie Perry
Dec 30, 2006
This is a great adventure and a great place to climb. However check out the routes first. A bolt has a short life expectancy, and you could be climbing on what looks like a perfectly good bolted route where the bolts' holding power amounts to a small RP. There is a local climbing shop were you can rent gear and get beta on routes. Don't think that in such a remote place you will be alone. When we were there the place was packed with Europeans and we stayed in Ao Nang. If you are planning on going, email me and I will provide as much beta as possible (i.e. where we made mistakes and where we discovered some real fun.)
By Clay Allred
From: Moab UT
Feb 19, 2009
Get Wee's book when you get there, no offense to Sam, but its more up to date and is still only like 10 bucks when you get there. And don't miss Wee's deep water solo trip either, it's incredible, so sick.
By Matt Pickren
Nov 12, 2010
No offense to Clay for his comment or Wee for his book, I'm sure its great, BUT...

Buy Sam's book. Even if its in addition to Wee's BUY IT. Railey needs ALOT of new bolts and 100% of the proceeds of the book goes into new bolting. And from what I've seen, Sam is NO slacker, he spends damn near all of his vacation rebolting many, many climbs so we can all have a safe vacation.
By Frances Fierst
From: Juba, South Sudan
Dec 17, 2011
I can personally recommend Ao Nang Climber guide service. They are located in Ao Nang, 150 meters up the road from McDonalds.
Tel. +66 (0) 866 899 461
By ashleyandre
Mar 7, 2014
Water refill spots in Tonsai! Cheap and less waste.

I've been going between Krabi Town (where I'm living) and Tonsai on the weekends. In doing so I have figured out a few things to lessen waste build up here, especially those damn water bottles!

1) Bring some tupperware. You can buy it anywhere. There are a million plastic shops in SE Asia.

2) Simply put, reuse the plastic bag. No big deal. How many times do you need a plastic bag in a plastic bag, in another plastic bag?

3) Most importantly, refill your water! You can refill your water bottles at three places in Tonsai.

A) Saithong Resort. Top of the jungle trail on the Tonsai side is a bungalow/camping place (a truck with plants in the back parked in front). They sell the LARGE, 5 gallons, bottles. You will use it all so you may as well buy it. To purchase a bottle it's about 100 Baht. Plus 60 Baht for the water inside. Every time you need more water just bring your empty one and they will swap it out for a filled one, 60 Baht every time. Catching them in the evening is better. Around 5-6pm. Much cheaper and environmentally healthy this way.

B) Backyard Cafe.The hippie spot on the left at the bottom of the jungle trail that connects Raillay and Tonsai. It's a nice breakfast/chill spot and they will refill any of your smaller jugs. It ranges from 10-50 Baht.

C)Jungle Hut Laundry Across from Mountain View Resort

One Place to refill water, eat delicious (semi-organic no MSG) Indian food and they have yoga in the mornings is Utopia. You go by it if walking towards Diamond Wall (Highland Coffee). Say "hi!" to Georgia for me. She is the owner. This is also a great place to watch Dusky Langurs eat Mangos and play in the trees.

In conclusion, cheaper water + less bottle waste = happier Tonsai community!

By Eric Thomas
From: Colorado
Dec 12, 2014
I'm going to put a recommendation for anyone who likes cooking and is keen to expand their knowledge to give Ya's Cooking School a try. Expensive for the dirt bag budget, but it makes up for it in a quality class. Great off day from climbing.
By kraefish
Jan 23, 2016
I'll be visiting Krabi/Tonsai/Railey area in middle of February, and was wondering if folks have a recommendation for the best places to stay. I'm not looking for a resorty spot, something low key, with character, and walkable. Do you recommend booking a place ahead of time? Just finding something when we get there? Usually I go the latter route, but I just booked a spot for the night I get in to Bangkok, and a lot of the cheap, decent looking hostels were already full! It made me second guess just figuring it out when I get there... Let me know what people would suggest/what's worked in the past, and any places in particular you'd recommend looking into!

By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Jan 26, 2016
Saithong Resort, top of the hill.
By Gordon Larsen
From: St. George, Utah
Feb 8, 2016
I just got back from climbing in Railay. This was my fourth visit (since 2009) to the area to climb and enjoy the beaches and do a little scuba diving. The climbing is still fantastic and every year there are more titanium rebolted routes which is nice. I however, did notice a lot more visitors to the beaches in general. Not so much an increase in climbers, but a definite increase in overall numbers of tourists and families. This was a little disappointing as I found the paths and walkways and beaches rather crowded during the daylight hours between 10 am and 4 pm. I still think it is a worthy destination for a climbing trip. Just know that it has been "discovered" and is a lot more busy. Great climbing destination for couples.
By Ryan-G
From: San Diego
Mar 12, 2016
Any additional recommendations on where to stay? It sounds like the West Railey beach is nicer? We'll be bringing our 2 year old daughter along so easy beach access would be great as would low key...not super resort or lots of partying travelers.
By sam123456789
Apr 14, 2016
Hey there, just an observation from our months there. In addition to being respectful and kind visitors to the local community, consider respectfully declining wasteful styrofoam and making it clear that animal cruelty is not something tourists support. We saw locals mistreating wild birds and torturing reptiles with their cats. Tourists = money and money talks. We were able to make it clear this was unacceptable in a respectful way (that adjacent shop owners applauded us for!). Just a reminder, you don't have to always be smiling when something f@#$ed up is going on!

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