Access Issue: Access through Buddhist Temple Details


Khao Chin Lae 2 is a 600 foot limestone peak that rises out of the sunflower fields and rice paddies of central Thailand. It is a short ride from the town of Loburi, but it is relatively unheard of when compared to the climbing destinations of Southern Thailand. There are over 50 sport routes in two separate areas, and four routes that summit the tower. Three are bolted and one uses traditional protection.

The climbing is different than the south, in that it is mostly vertical with edges, pockets, cracks and corners. Few tufas or stalactites. Some of the harder sport routes are great, especially in the "Secret Garden Area," but the real gems are the multi-pitch routes.

When you get to Lopburi, head to "Noom's Guest House" for good rooms, wonderful service, and advice on the climbing and how to get there. Noom is one of the developers of the climbing here.

For more information and a free guide, see the site Bamboo Escalade

Getting There

Lopburi is about 150 km north west of Bangkok. It is about a four hour train ride from the capital, and tickets are around $1.

Once you are in Lopburi, you will need to rent a motorbike to get to the climbing. Noom's seems to be the only place to rent a bike, but his are brand new. You can also get a taxi.

Head east on HWY 1 out of Lopburi, going straight through two traffic circles. Get out of the last circle at the big red building (Honda building?). Pass the "Tesco" and "Big C" and take a left onto road 3017. Travel 12 km or so and take a left, following signs for "Wat Pa Suwannahong."

Park your bikes at the temple.

Noom has a wonderful map and can give you good better directions. The locals also seem to recognize us "farangs" as rock climbers, and send us the right way.

Access Issues

Access Sensitive!

The climbing here is above a Buddhist Monestary that rests in the shadow of the mountain. You must access the tower through the temple and sign in with someone. Donations are welcome.

Also, make sure to wear proper clothing and remove your shoes when appropriate. Men where shirts and women cover your shoulders!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Khao Chin Lae

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Waltz for a Lovely Wife
Sport 7 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
The Fakir
Sport 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Sport 6 pitches
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Waltz for a Lovely Wife
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 7 pitches
The Fakir
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport 6 pitches
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Great link for route info Nov 9, 2010
new hampshire
jackkelly00   new hampshire
Great cliff withing driving distance to Bangkok. About 2 hours away from Mo Chit BTS. This area is easily better than Khao Yai because there are climbs up to 6 pitches, but beware of sharp limestone. Also, stay at nooms guesthouse. It is within walking distance of the Lopburi trainstation, he is a climber, and good dude. Also, he makes real good coffee. PM for further details. Dec 20, 2010
Ryan Williams
London (sort of)
Ryan Williams   London (sort of)
Glad you guys liked this place. I'd love to see some more routes submitted. Unfortunately I only climbed there two days, and don't remember any of the routes on the right side well enough to add them... Dec 22, 2010
Portland, OR
rpc   Portland, OR
I gotta acknowledge MP & Ryan for putting this area on our radar. Spent 3 days in beginning of Jan. 2013 & had a blast! No other climbers around, hardly any tourists. Also, I second what's been said above about Noom - great guy, great place to stay, & killer coffee. Mar 28, 2013
New beta for getting there--Noom's map can be a bit confusing when it comes to the last step of finding exactly which temple/crag you're looking for. It's pretty obvious once you find Khao Chin Lae, but hopefully this will save some time.

As with the map, head east out of town on the main highway and turn left after the Shell station. Once you turn left off this new road onto road to the temples/crag, my beta begins. Drive/motorbike until you see an arch over the road that looks like a dragon. Do not go through! It's a cool temple with peacocks and really congenial monks but not where you want to go. Turn right before the arch and follow that road. There will eventually be another road branching left that leads to temples--don't take that road either! Keep going down the same road until you hit the temples with Khao Chin Lae behind (obvious at this point).

I know by personal testimony that we are not the only ones who got a bit mixed up and, despite having a very fun misadventure, wasted some time. Especially problematic when Noom is away from the guesthouse, as he was when we were there in January 2014. Hope this helps!

P Jan 28, 2014
Joseph DeGaetano
Fayetteville, WV but curren…
Joseph DeGaetano   Fayetteville, WV but curren…
This place is definitely worth the visit, if for nothing else the surrounding countryside is stunningly beautiful. Rock quality is definitely on the sharp, chossy side with lots of vegetation but you'll get over that real fast once you get some air beneath you on one of the many mult-pitch climbs here. Like everywhere, be careful and scrutinize all fixed pieces (bolts, threads, and hardware). Feb 4, 2018
Adam Byrd
Morgantown, WV
Adam Byrd   Morgantown, WV
If you somehow can't get a copy of the topo from Noom, don't worry. There's a laminated copy stashed in a crack as soon as you reach the base of the cliff.

If the gate to the temple is closed you might find that if you stand around for a few minutes a monk will see you and allow you to pass. Oct 8, 2018