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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
Phi Phi from Viewpoint Three near the radio tower. and the remote beaches on the east side, and another early morning to spend on
Maya Bay 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)
  • King climbers Route Guide Book (2009)
  • Thailand Sport Climbing, The Pocket Guide 2010 by Sirichai Pongsopon at The Rock Shop (2010)
  • Rock Climbing in Thailand by Elke Schmitz and Wee Changrua (2009)

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.

Guide Services

Suggest one if you know of any that are currently active.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Koh Phi-Phi

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pai Noon Mai
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Latitude Eight
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Golden Copulation
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Cottonbrains of Infancy
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
The Hand of Bhudda
Sport 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
High Noon (Formerly Mr. Phi Phi)
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Stolen Russian Submarine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Happy Banana
Sport 5 pitches
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Going Dutch
Sport 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Luis Trinker
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
The Severed Garden
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Rev de Phi Phi Don
Sport 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pai Noon Mai Tonsai Tower
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Latitude Eight Tonsai Tower
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Golden Copulation Tonsai Tower
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Cottonbrains of Infancy Tonsai Tower
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Hand of Bhudda Oyster Blade
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 4 pitches
High Noon (Formerly Mr. Phi… Tonsai Tower
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stolen Russian Submarine Tonsai Tower
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Gladiator Tonsai Tower
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Happy Banana Hin Tak
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 5 pitches
Going Dutch Tonsai Tower
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 4 pitches
Luis Trinker Drinking Wall
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Severed Garden Tonsai Tower
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Rev de Phi Phi Don Tonsai Tower
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport 6 pitches
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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! May 3, 2011
Steve Pulver
Williston, ND
Steve Pulver   Williston, ND
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? Oct 15, 2011
Ryan Williams
London (sort of)
Ryan Williams   London (sort of)
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. Oct 16, 2011
Scot Hastings
Las Vegas
Scot Hastings   Las Vegas
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! Jul 2, 2013
Ross Hill
Bishop, Ca
Ross Hill   Bishop, Ca
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.
Ross Feb 28, 2016
Lucas Pachuta
Ventura CA
Lucas Pachuta   Ventura CA
So it is now October 2nd 2016 don't quote or relay on anything I say but this was my expierence first hand. I have read a lot about the ban on climbing on Koh Phi Phi and it seems the ban was real and was happening. I saw a few pictures with a obvious "no climbing" sign bolted and hanging right on the main wall of tonsia tower. But upon arriving here and walking to the tower just to tease myself. I come to find no sign saying you can't climb. So I investigate with local climbing guide companies and they all said it's okay, go climb. So today I spent the entire day scaling many routes on tonsai tower while people watched from their hotel infinity pools,on the beach, and in their boats. Climbing is a huge draw for tourists wether they are the climber or just the person watching the climb. Also two other groups of climbers came that same day. So I would say it's safe to say the ban of climbing on Koh Phi Phi is no longer happening. So I say go climb and have fun it's well bolted. It's the best crag I have been on in Thailand yet!!! Oct 2, 2016
Vail, CO
Scheid   Vail, CO
Climbed on Tonsai tower at phi phi no problem 2 weeks ago. Tonsai Basecamp said it was good to go and it was indeed good to go. That said, much less titanium there, so keep that in mind.

I highly recommend vertical vision on Tonsai tower, it's worth the stainless steel risky bolts on some of the approach pitches, but all titanium up high. And you can do a huge (optional) swing after cleaning the last draw. 300 feet up! Don't forget to tie a leash to get back on the ledge, just in case.

Go climb! Nov 29, 2017
Was pretty quiet (no climbers) at the crag in November 2017. We didn't climb, unsure of the quality of bolts/threads and concerned about the monkeys lingering at the base. Some of the anchors look sketchy. Psyched to hear people are still climbing here! Apr 14, 2018
Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
Update as of 1st of Jan 2019: CLIMBING SEEMS TO BE BANNED ON THE ENTIRE ISLAND. I HOWEVER CAN CONFIRM THAT AS OF JAN 2019 THERE ARE VERY GOOD LOOKING BOLTS + CHALK ON DRINKING WALL AND TONSAI TOWER. No rock shops seems to be existing on the island anymore which is EXTREMELY annoying because there are no guide or rental option Jan 3, 2019