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Fit To Be Thai'd S 
Getting to Know You S 
King, The S 
Lord of the Thai's S 
Mala Mujer S 
Monkey Love S 
Orange Juice S 
Organ Grinder S 
Out of Sticks S 
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Solution 41 S 

The Thaiwand  

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The Thaiwand is the obvious tower that dominates the Phan Na Peninsula. Here are some of the best multi-pitch sport routes in the world, as well as some amazing single-pitch routes. There are spectacular views of the peninsula.

The crag faces north and is always in the shade during the dry season. From May to August the tower sees quite a lot of sun.

Getting There 

Get yourself to Railay West beach. As you're looking out at the ocean walk to your left to the end of the beach. There will be a trail that goes up through the forest. To get to the Thaiwand, follow the trail and when the trail branches always take a right. You'll eventually get to a steep section with a fixed rope. Follow that and after about 100ft you'll see a bamboo ladder when you reach the wall. The hike takes about 15 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Thaiwand:
20 Kilos of Steel   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Fit To Be Thai'd   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Monkey Love   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The King   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Equatorial   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Caveman   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 105'   
Out of Sticks   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Lord of the Thai's   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   
Orange Juice   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   
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Belaying at the top of pitch 1.

The King 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Asia : Thailand : ... : The Thaiwand
I'm going to refer to this as The King as it is a commonly done variation of Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera, The Sluggard Prince, and The King and I. This is the highest you can get on Thaiwand wall at 5.10d or below.From the ledge note the large stalactite up and right, the top of which is your desired belay. Don't get lost in all the other anchors. P1 (80 ft) 5.10d - Climb up and left on the juggy face of Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera. After the second bulge make an easy short traverse right ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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One of the most amazing sport climbs ever. Caveman...
One of the most amazing sport climbs ever. Caveman...
The Thaiwand from a kayak...
The Thaiwand from a kayak...
First pitch of Live and Let Thai on Thaiwand Wall
First pitch of Live and Let Thai on Thaiwand Wall
The Thaiwand from high up on the Praying Mantis
The Thaiwand from high up on the Praying Mantis
View from Thaiwand Wall back to West Railay
View from Thaiwand Wall back to West Railay
the Thaiwand
BETA PHOTO: the Thaiwand
Lowering off "Getting to Know you"
Lowering off "Getting to Know you"
a belayer on The Thaiwand.
a belayer on The Thaiwand.
Candelstick Wall
Candelstick Wall

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By Sam Lightner, Jr.
From: Lander, WY
Dec 20, 2006
Much confusion is in the name of this wall. We originally dubbed it "The Thaiwand", like the "Eiger-wand" cus it looms over the bay like the Eiger's north wall, and after a few too many drinks at the Sunset Bar, it made sense. King's older guidebook called it the "Thaiwand Wall", and that stuck... though it has been even taken even further to the "Taiwan Wall".

To call it the Thaiwand Wall is redundant, like saying The Al Quaida.... but who really cares... it's the big-ass tower at the south end of Railay Beach.

The route name "Getting to Know You", like "Etc, Etc, Etc", is from the original version of "The King and I."
By Clay Rardon
From: Bartow, WV
Dec 28, 2007
Anyone looking for hard mulitpitch routes, this is a great place to 'feed the rat'.
By Dean Kure
Feb 26, 2012
bring a 70m rope for craggin, two 60's for the multis
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