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Chong Pli Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 178'
Location: 8.08011, 98.8291 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Brian Boyd, Nate Ball, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jan Bruffaerts on Aug 4, 2010  with updates from Jan Bruffaerts
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Warning Stainless-steel bolts are suspect near the coast. A rebolting effort is underway. MORE INFO >>>


Spirit Mountain is a huge limestone tower that has several aspects and climbing walls. Nearly all of the routes were put up after 2008 and all of the bolts are Titanium Glue Ins.

The climbing ranges from overhanging tufa climbs to slabby face climbs and everything in between. There are some outstanding routes at every grade from 5.9 to 5.13. This is a bit of a rarity in Thailand.

And still a few 5.13s awaiting a FA ! Come out and get your name in the books :)

The location is located on mainland, less than 15miles from Railay/Tonsai, allowing climbers to combine a stay at the local Chong Pli bungalows with climbing on Railay & Tonsai (or vice versa)

Getting There 

Drive along the ocean to the Noppharat Thara junction (Road 4202): 3.1 km [GO RIGHT]
Drive on this road for 5.3 km
You are now at the big intersection with the main road to Krabi town, you'll see a gas station across the street, and a big karst tower across and left (this is it!): [GO LEFT]

Drive 0.8 km and make a RIGHT at SOI 6

Follow the Soi as it makes a turn to the right. You will see the bungalow camp entrance. This is also the crag entrance.

Climbing Season

For the Thailand area.

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

36 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Chong Pli

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chong Pli:
EFZ   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 60'   
Team America Dihedral   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Chong Pli
Rock Climbing Photo: Exposure, a steep 6c

exposure 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Asia : Thailand : Chong Pli
extension above exfoliation. goes up through steep tufas. original route busts left at the 2nd to last bolt to a sling at 11a. a newer direct finish goes straight here at 11B....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: bring an 80meter rope for this 7b+ !
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Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on a steep 6c at Chong Pli
Climber on a steep 6c at Chong Pli

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By Kyle Edmondson
Apr 6, 2013
I've been told this is the best crag in Thailand, and while I haven't climbed on too many, I can believe it. A wide diversity of both climbing styles, multiple quality routes at all grades up to 13b, clean rock, quality bolts, not much else to ask for. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you are Krabi.
By Jan Bruffaerts
Sep 20, 2017
2017 Update : New route setting at Chong Pli (everything in titanium-only) now brings the number of routes up to 74 (!) (and more development is currently ongoing), with grades ranging from 5a to 8b.

The majority of the best routes are in the 7a-7c range, but there is also an ever-increasing quality selection of 6a+ to 6c+ lines.

The crag is getting more & more visitors who suffered the dreaded Tonsai tummy (Tonsai/Railay are a 20mins longtailboat ride away) and who now prefer to climb there on daytrips while staying at the Chong Pli mainland crag, thereby avoiding catching this pretty intense diarrhea/fever.

The local climbers camp also organizes daytrips to other, currently still under-the-radar but mind-blowing crags in the region. Including Deep Water Solo group outings (shared boat to minimize costs).

Obviously, I'm part of the climbers camp/bungalows ;) You can contact me for bookings and more info. We're now also listed on all major booking websites.

Many people agree there is no single crag on Railay/Tonsai that beats the routes on offer right outside yer bungalow here at Chong Pli.

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