Elevation: 42 ft
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Shared By: Art Morimitsu on Dec 7, 2006
Admins: Brian Boyd, Tao Techakanon
Access Issue: Warning! Stainless steel bolts are suspect near the coast! Details

Description

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.

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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.

Accomodations

Please check under the individual areas.

Guide Services

Things to do

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

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Classic Climbing Routes at Laem Phra Nang (Railay & Tonsai)

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5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 205
Groove Tube
Sport 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Ramazon
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 51
Fit To Be Thai'd
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 63
Make a way
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 67
Monkey Love
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 56
The Wave
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 158
Humanality
Sport 5 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 104
Missing Snow
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 63
Muay Thai
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 67
The Best Route In Minnesota
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 52
Beauty & Biest
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 55
Stalagasaurus
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 82
Lion King
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 67
Babes in Thailand
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 45
Lord of the Thai's
Sport 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Groove Tube Tonsai Bay > Fire Wall
 205
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Ramazon Railay East > 1-2-3 Wall
 49
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fit To Be Thai'd Railay West > Thaiwand
 51
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Make a way Railay East > 1-2-3 Wall
 63
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Monkey Love Railay West > Thaiwand
 67
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Wave Tonsai Bay > Monkey World
 56
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Humanality Tonsai Bay > Tonsai Beach (F… > Ladder Routes (Humana…
 158
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 5 pitches
Missing Snow Tonsai Bay > Tyrolean Wall
 104
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Muay Thai Railay East > Muay Thai
 63
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Best Route In Minnesota Phra Nang Beach > Escher World
 67
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Beauty & Biest Tonsai Bay > Tonsai Beach (F… > Main Wall (Babes in T…
 52
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Stalagasaurus Tonsai Bay > Tonsai Beach (F… > Main Wall (Babes in T…
 55
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Lion King Tonsai Bay > Dum's Kitchen
 82
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Babes in Thailand Tonsai Bay > Tonsai Beach (F… > Main Wall (Babes in T…
 67
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Lord of the Thai's Railay West > Thaiwand
 45
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 5 pitches
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