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Top 7 Rock Climbing Destinations Around Asia

Having picked up rock climbing just over 3 years now, this crazy outdoor sport has brought me places I have never thought would be possible. Whether you are a novice rock climber or a beginner who has just gotten your level 2 rock climbing certificate, here’s compiling the Best Asia outdoor rock climbing destinations that are affordable, popular and most importantly, great for climbing.

Asia Outdoor Rock Climbing Destinations – Top 7

1. Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Multi Pitch Point at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur | Best Climbing Asia Destinations
Multi-Pitch Point  – at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. Trembling in fear to take this shot~! | Best Climbing Asia Destinations

Batu Caves, the nearest destination from Singapore just 45 minutes away by flight, this stunning cave nest in Bukit Tukun KL is not just popular for the Grand Hindu cave temple, it is also a hot spot for some great granite rock climbing. There are 3 very popular spots for climbing here, Damai Wall, Nanyang Wall and Nyamuk Wall, and varying degree of difficulty depending on your experience level. If you are a beginner, start off at Damai Wall, with plenty of easy routes with large jug-gy holds.

Damai Rock Wall with its infamous cave | Rock climbing in KL Malaysia | Rock climbing near me
Damai Rock Wall with its infamous cave | Rock climbing in KL Malaysia| Rock climbing near me
Climb all day long at Nanyang Wall. Ended up posing for photos | Rock climbing in KL Malaysia | Rock climbing near me
Climb all day long at Nanyang Wall. Ended up posing for photos | Rock climbing in KL Malaysia | Rock climbing near me

Look out for the occasional monkey with white panda eyes, always curious to see us ‘monkey-like’ humans scaling his grounds.

 2. Krabi Railey Island, Thailand

Rock climbing in ktabi thailand | Best Climbing Destinations
Rock climbing in Krabi Thailand. Photo credited to Si Ying | Best Climbing Destinations

The most popular rock climbing in Southeast Asia is here in Krabi Thailand. What makes this location so popular with both Asians, as well as international climbers all around the world, is due to a perfect match between amazing climbing routes and lovely island lifestyle – gorgeous beaches, beautiful snorkelling sites and great Thai food.

Stunning beaches and rock formations at Railey Beach in Thailand. Rock Climber's dream paradise | Best Climbing Destinations
Stunning beaches and rock formations at Railey Beach in Thailand. Rock Climber’s dream paradise | Best Climbing Destinations

Krabi has endless climbing spots, but the ones that most people start off with are ABC Wall and Thaiwand Wall, good warming up spots to prepare you for the next few days of climbing.

Krabi deep water solo - a must try for adrenaline seekers | Best Climbing Destinations
Krabi deep water solo – a must try for adrenaline seekers | Best Climbing Destinations

Krabi is also known for deep water solo, a must try for all adrenaline junkies who have a knack for ..craziness. I tried it with a group of 5 friends and it was by far the craziest activity I have ever attempted so far.

Deep water solo needs to be accompanied by a tour group, and safety of deep water solo spots needs to adhere to. For rock climbing class bookings and half day/ full day tours, you can always book there directly, either on Railay, Ton Sai or Ko Phi Phi.

If you are interested in taking climbing to the next level and pick up Multi Pitch climbing, it is available here in Thailand)

3. Long Dong, Taiwan

Rock Climbing on sand stone rock in longdong jiufen in taiwan | Best Climbing Destinations
Rock Climbing on sand stone rock in Longdong Jiufen in Taiwan | Best Climbing Destinations

Known for its stunning coastal views and sandstone rock formations, the next place featured for the Asia outdoor rock climbing destinations is none other than Long Dong Taiwan. This spot is extremely beautiful, especially for people who love the sea breeze and hear the crashing waves.

Downhill to the rock climbing zones in Longdong Taiwan | Rock climbing in Asia
Downhill to the rock climbing zones in Longdong Taiwan | Rock climbing in Asia

So far, this climbing spot commands the most beautiful photos, and looking back it still wows me occasionally. To get there, it requires a long train ride followed by a bus to get from Taiwan to Long Dong, Jiufen. Situated at the northern part of Taiwan, this rustic coastal area is still rather remote and not too touristy yet, so the people here aren’t exactly able to speak some basic English.

Selfie at the top of the rock climbing route in Longdong Taiwan | Best Climbing Destinations
Scary Selfie at the top of the rock climbing route in Longdong Taiwan | Best Climbing Destinations
Beautiful view of waves crashing against the shore while resting between climbs | Rock climbing in Asia
Beautiful view of waves crashing against the shore while resting between climbs | Rock climbing in Asia

However climbing here was lovely. So many areas to explore, and to get to these climbing spots require a bit of traversing, hiking and small climbing. Quite an adventure I must say.

asia outdoor rock climbing destinations -Crazy stunning sea view as you attempt the different rock climbing routes in Longdong Jiufen
Crazy stunning sea view as you attempt the different rock climbing routes in Longdong Jiufen

Warning, make sure you go in the correct season and not typhoon season, you can potentially get stranded at the climbing area when the storm suddenly comes.

4. Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Climbing in Cat Ba in Vietnam | Rock climbing in Asia
Climbing in Cat Ba in Vietnam. Photo credited to Truly-Traveled.com | Rock climbing in Asia

Have not set foot on Vietnam yet, but when I get the chance, this Cat Ba Island is on my list. Vietnam, known for its stunning cliff formations, rivers and Padi mountainous field, am not surprised why this country doesn’t have the right climate, rock formations and scenic draw factors to attract climbers from its surrounding neighbouring countries.

Best Outdoor Rock Climbing Destinations can be found in Cat Ba Island Vietnam | Best Climbing Destinations
Best Outdoor Rock Climbing Destinations can be found in Cat Ba Island Vietnam. Photo credited to cobs.org | Best Climbing Destinations

One thing that many has tried is also deep water solo at Halong Bay, a major tourist attraction in Vietnam, where many tourists experience live onboard cruise experience as they visit all these lovely cliffy spots, looking so tempting to a climber’s keen eye.

5. Yangshuo, China

Yangshuo Grit Route at Moonhill. Photo credited to alexreshikov.com | Rock climbing in Asia
Yangshuo Grit Route at Moonhill. Photo credited to alexreshikov.com | Rock climbing in Asia

The pictures people took at this destination is enough to make you burn with desire to go. Here’s the next Asia outdoor rock climbing destinations – Yangshuo in China.

The notorious wall is situated at The Moon Hill ( Yue Liang Shan), one of the major scenic and iconic climbing spot in Yangshuo. We have heard that there is even glass bottle of alcohol places in cracks along the climb as a reward for those who have scaled that high…

Abseiling down from Moonhill in Yangshuo - image credited to topguilintravel l Rock climbing in Asia
Abseiling down from Moonhill in Yangshuo – image credited to topguilintravel l Rock climbing in Asia

A Must Do – wake up early to catch the sunrise, with a stunning view of the mountains covered in a sea of mist. Sure to leave you spellbound.

Stunning natural beauty of Yangshuo in China. Amazing rock climber's paradise. Photo credited to lycheetravel | Rock climbing in Asia
The stunning natural beauty of Yangshuo in China. Amazing rock climber’s paradise. Photo credited to lycheetravel | Rock climbing in Asia

Many have asked, are there any rock climbing near me? In Singapore?

6. Dairy Farm Climbing Reserve/ Quarry in Singapore

Outdoor Nature Dairy farm Climbing at Singapore | Rock climbing near me
Outdoor Nature Dairy farm Climbing at Singapore | Rock climbing near me

There is a natural rock climbing wall in Singapore? Who would have thought?

But yes, especially shouting out to Singaporeans, you can check Dairy Farm at Bukit Timah Road area, the nearest situated mall is the Rail Mail. This place is popular for bikers, hikers alike, families with young ones given the natural abundant trails and rich forestry.

View of the forest below at one of the top anchors at Dairyfarm Singapore. The life of a female rock climber | Rock climbing near me
View of the forest below at one of the top anchors at Dairyfarm Singapore. The life of a female rock climber

Just take note to be carefulย to check your routes before you embark on a Dairy Farm climb, there is ongoing rock movements due to the climate here in Singapore ( rain and shine all year round), so loose rock is a common occurence.

7. Crazy Horse in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Asia Outdoor rock climbing destinations - Crazy Horse in Chiang Mai
Asia Outdoor rock climbing destinations – Crazy Horse in Chiang Mai. Photo credited to allchiangmaitours

Crazy Horse is probably the most notorious route in Chiang Mai. This popular climbing area has great ‘air condition’ temperature cooling weather at certain times of the year to attract those who do not fancy the sweltering heat of Krabi, Thailand. Be surrounded by a cool bamboo forest, soak in hot springs and even take a scooter ride to explore the surrounding hills on your rest days.

Rock Climbing in southeast asia at Crazy Horse Buttress Chiang Mai Caves Mae Hong Son Loop. Stunning overhang route | Rock climbing Asia Outdoors
Rock Climbing in southeast asia at Crazy Horse Buttress Chiang Mai Caves Mae Hong Son Loop. Stunning overhang route. Photo credited to mkwild | Rock climbing Asia Outdoors

The Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Association (CMRCA) has US trained guides for those who are more inexperienced and would feel safer to be accompanied by a certified climbing guide. To get to Chiang Mai, there are many affordable budget flights from Bangkok as low as US$25 one way, or if you are coming from Singapore, there are direct flights with Scoot airlines.

Rock climbing pushes you physically and tests your endurance | Rock climbing in KL Malaysia | Rock climbing near me
Rock climbing in southeast asia | Rock climbing near me

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So satisfied with the list of best climbing destinations in Asia?

Top rock climbing destinations in Asia
Top rock climbing destinations in Asia

To read more about my climbing trip in Krabi or outside of Asia like South Africa.

Have I missed out any new and upcoming spots to climb in Asia?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Alex @ Climbing Blogger
    March 2, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Lydia!

    I love your blog! My travel wishlist has just grown significantly in size after reading about all these beautiful climbing destinations. And thanks for dropping by on my blog by the way ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be sure to check in every now and then to see what you’re up to ๐Ÿ™‚ See you around!

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      March 4, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Hi Alex! Glad you enjoyed the posts and hope you are inspired to visit some of these places to climb. Yes, hope to see you around too!:D My next stop is Penang and Krabi!

  • Reply
    Alba
    March 17, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Hi there!!
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us! I am planning to go to Asia in August to climb, where do you think is better in that month? Not too hot, humid…
    Keep climbing!

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      March 18, 2019 at 12:14 am

      Hi Alba! so glad you are paying us a visit in august. One good news for you is the southeast asia has rather sunny weather all year round and tend to have some monsoon showers in certain regions. Depending on where exactly you wanto to climb at ( eg. Krabi/ Vietnam), I would be able to advise.

  • Reply
    TThomas
    March 25, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Yangshuo remains my top to-do in my bucket list. I am glad that you featured it on your blog at the right time. My only concern, is the notorious The Moon Hill favourable all time of the year? Iโ€™d like to visit in August. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      March 25, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Thomas! Jul and Aug the warmest time of the year at 28 degrees:). Moonhill is windy and breezy most of the time, but just need to time the climbing such that you avoid the direct sunlight falling on you. Hope it helps! Excited for you!

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