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Wat Tham Pla Rock Climbing 


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Location: 20.32744, 99.86391 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Main Wall, Tham Pla, Chiang Rai Rock Climbing Topo

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Description 

Wat Tham Pla is a beautiful crag situated about 50km north from Chiang Rai City. With no other competition in the area, this is the best rock climbing (sport climbing) in all of Chiang Rai Province. Also known locally as the monkey temple, it is not solely a destination for rock climbing. Other attractions include caving, fish, monkeys, crocodiles, temples, swimming and paddle-boating.

There are three distinct climbing areas at Wat Tham Pla: Monkey Wall, Main Wall and Reservoir Wall. These are listed right to left starting closest to the temple grounds. Access is very easy with the exception of the island portion of Monkey Wall, which requires a safe and simple traverse over the water.

Getting There 

GPS Coordinates: 20.327500, 99.863778

From Chiang Rai City
  • Leave the city heading North on Highway 1
  • Pass the first police checkpoint heading to Mae Chan
  • Make sure to stay on Highway 1 (right side) at the junction for 1089
  • Turn Left at the second police checkpoint
  • Turn right at the sign for the Fish Cave (just past Mae Sai Vocational College)
  • Take the first Left on the main street
  • This street ends in the parking lot for the temple. Park here and walk left along the water to the crag!

Amenities 

There are paid restrooms on site, as well as food and water sold by local vendors (you can support the community by purchasing snacks/refreshments here instead of places like 7/11)

Chiang Rai Rock Climbing Topos 

Monkey Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Monkey Wall, Tham Pla, Chiang Rai - Rock Climbing ...
Monkey Wall, Tham Pla, Chiang Rai - Rock Climbing Topo

Main Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall, Tham Pla, Chiang Rai Rock Climbing Topo
Main Wall, Tham Pla, Chiang Rai Rock Climbing Topo

Reservoir Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Reservoir Wall, Wat Tham Pla, Chiang Rai Rock Clim...
Reservoir Wall, Wat Tham Pla, Chiang Rai Rock Climbing Topo

Climbing Season



Weather station 28.2 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',8],['5.10',11],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: Monkey Wall, Tham Pla, Chiang Rai - Rock Climbing ...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Reservoir Wall, Wat Tham Pla, Chiang Rai Rock Clim...
BETA PHOTO: Reservoir Wall, Wat Tham Pla, Chiang Rai Rock Clim...
Rock Climbing Photo: Look for this sign after the Mae Sai Vocational Co...
BETA PHOTO: Look for this sign after the Mae Sai Vocational Co...
Rock Climbing Photo: The main wall
The main wall

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By Nick Brennan
From: Concord, NH
Dec 29, 2015
Are the 7a and 7b on the photo topo added to the list of climbs?
By Devin Welch
From: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Feb 7, 2016
7a downgraded to 6c. The other ungraded route is still waiting for a consensus.

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