Khao Chin Lae Rock Climbing
View of Khao Chin Lae 2, near Lopburi, Thailand
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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
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.
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!
Climbing Season For the Thailand area.
Weather station 5.9 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Khao Chin Lae
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Khao Chin Lae:
Corcavado 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
PG13 Sport, 6 pitches, 600'
Featured Route For Khao Chin Lae
Corcavado 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
: Khao Chin Lae
Long pitches, some sharp rock, interesting climbing, somewhat exposed at the top, and an actual summit (not many of these in Thailand) with a great view. From November to January, the surrounding fields are covered with giant sunflowers... beautiful!The longest climb in Thailand. P1. 5.9 - 130 feet. Start up a face with a small blocky roof above. Pass between two lower anchors at the roof, and continue up, then out left onto the face. Belay at a good ledge.P2. 5.9 - 100 ft. Continue up and...[more] Browse More Classics in International
Wat Pa Suwannahong/Khao Jeen Lair
Dec 20, 2010
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.
By Ryan Williams
From: London (sort of)
Dec 22, 2010
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...
Mar 28, 2013
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.
By Paul Elliott
Jan 28, 2014
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!