Type: Sport, 250 ft, 3 pitches
FA: P1 Dean Saydom & Will Hair 2/94, P2 Paul Brunner & Marcel Eckhardt 12/96, P3 Paul Brunner & Trevor Massiah 10/97
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Access Issue: Warning! Stainless steel bolts are suspect near the coast! Details


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 feet
Negotiate the steep start, then head up easier ground to the next anchor.

Pitch 3 5.11b 11 bolts 80 feet
Continue up through another steep bulge, to some easier ground. Hit the first crux where the steepness becomes vertical, the holds dramatically shrink in size, and the rock becomes sharp. Snag a rest on the next moderate section which goes back to the nice orange limestone and pull the final steep moves to the anchor.


On the left side of the Tower. The boatman should know where to drop you off.
The guides mention using 2 ropes to rappel from pitch 2, to try and keep your ropes dry, If I was to do it again I would only bring 1 70m rope and rappel with it on the last rap into the boat.

Rappel from the top pitch to Pitch 2, backclip a few bolts to maintain contact with the wall. From here you could rap to the ocean with two ropes or rappel back to the start of the route and do a short rappel back into the boat. All anchors are set up for rappel.


Bolts & Anchors, Take around 12 draws. This route was rebolted in 2/2000. There are plenty of bolts to choose from, make sure you choose the right ones.
I have to say I think this route is about as much fun as you can have sport climbing. My brother and I grinned the whole way up.

Also, I think these rating are a bit sugar-bagged - don't know that there was a pitch over 10d/11a.

FYI, we rented a kayak and rowed out ourselves. Can't do the cool rap/pull ropes into the boat trick, but fun too. Nov 24, 2010
twellman   Cambridge
Agree with comment above - though there are better multi-pitch climbs in Tonsai, this is a unique and worthwhile outing.

Rent a kayak in Tonsai (400 baht/day), not in Ao Nang (1000 baht/day). Feb 26, 2017
Tao Techakanon
Bangkok, TH
Tao Techakanon   Bangkok, TH
Really fun climb. We did it with a single 70m rope. Pitch 1 and 2 can probably be combined if you manage your rope well/extend your pros.

We rented a Kayak from Ao Nang for 400thb (half day). This thing can easily be done sub 3 hours beach-to-beach if you move at a good pace. First two pitches were soft but the last one was quite desperate going to the anchor!

The crux is getting off/on the Kayak if the tide is low.

Krabi's classic for sure. Dec 11, 2017
Snook Chaipornvadee
Bangkok, TH
Snook Chaipornvadee   Bangkok, TH
Try to do this climb at high tide and you will get to skip the crux, which is getting off the damn kayak onto the starting ledge. From the starting ledge, there are fix ropes going to the bottom of orange chandelier. Very easy climbing/walking along the ledge; clip the fix line for safety though.

Pitch 1: easy 6A climbing and great movement. Enjoy it!

Pitch 2: A decent ledge here good for rope and belaying. The roofs may seem intimidating but big jugs are everywhere! This should be a good lead for any 6B climber.

Pitch 3: The hardest pitch. A tricky pull at the roof and a not so obvious face climbing section. Big holds are actually not that big. However, any confident 6C sport climber should manage. The top of the 3rd pitch is just an exposed face so unless you want to share a summit pic with your buddy, it is better to lower off and skip one unnecessary rappel.

At all anchors, there are big rings for belaying and rappelling. You can rappel with a single 70m but be sure to back-clip on your way down from pitch 3-2 and 2-1 otherwise you're gonna have a bad time.

Also start early and finish before noon unless you're looking to get really tan.

Seriously an awesome climb! Also btw, the kayak rental from Ao Nang for half day (4 hours) is 800THB. Dec 12, 2017
Truckee, California
Jskierpx   Truckee, California
Climbed December 2017. Someone donated a single rope for the final pitch rappel back to the bottom so you dont have to use your own rope, this is a huge help as it keeps you from having to pull your own rope and getting it wet in the sea water below. Spending some time in the area, Tonsai beach seemed to be the cheapest place to rent the kayak at 4-500 baht for the day(some minor negotiation was involved with timing) which worked out to $6-$7/person. Plan on 20-30ish minutes to paddle out from Tonsai Beach.

Snook outlined the climb well and we also lowered eachother off of the final pitch to avoid an uncomfortable extra rappel from the top. We didn't have to back clip but maybe we just got lucky ;)

Also to note, if you are bringing a rope to donate to Thailand, consider replacing the lines that get you out of the kayak and onto the spire. The current ropes are hammered. Its not a huge safety issue as if they were to break you would just drop the ~10 feet into the water next to your kayak, but then your gear is soaked and your climb probably not possible.

Lastly, it started pouring rain when we were on route and both us and the climbing stayed dry so don't let some cloud cover scare you off (unless thunder/lightning/etc/duh).

Super fun, enjoy! Dec 16, 2017
John Gassel
Somerville, MA
John Gassel   Somerville, MA
We went to Ao Nang Tower in February of 2018 as a party of 4 and split the cost of a longtail boat from West Railay to climb this route. We finished in 4 hours total so we only had to pay the half-day price (1,700 Baht). Really awesome climb and awesome experience of rappeling back into the boat. I highly recommend doing it this way. The boat gets you a lot higher than a kayak too so getting onto the rock isn't so cruxy. Feb 15, 2018
Lucas Barth
Yosemite, CA
Lucas Barth   Yosemite, CA
I left 4 carabiners on bolts/slings on the first pitch. If the last person to rappel clips one strand of the rope through the carabiners the rope feeds through them and stays dry. Please leave the carabiners in place for future parties, they're not booty, and your rope will keep dry! Apr 5, 2018