KRABI, the 2nd hottest beach destination after Phuket in Thailand. Krabi Rock
Sick of the commercialized Patong Beach? Krabi brings you one step closer to a more quaint and rustic part of Thailand. In Jan 2014, me and a bunch of crazy climbers decided to make our way there to – conquer the rocks!
Rock climbing, the #1 selling point and known attraction in Krabi island to tourists all over the world. So instead of the usual beach tanning, massages and night markets, we found ourselves staying on Railey Island, best known for the nicest rock walls across Southeast Asia. Before I get to the details of my rock adventures…
Krabi – Rock, Raw and Rustic
SIMPLE LIST OF THINGS TO DO FOR A HOLIDAY IN KRABI
#1 For the Chillax Relaxing Sort
– Hit the beaches
Ao nang beach, Railey Beach( Gorgeous Sand and crystal clear blue waters). Capture the best photos with that sun-kissed face and intense blue backdrop of Sea.
(Photo credited to Wu Zhuoyi)
– Go Snorkeling and Tanning
Chicken island, Phi Phi island and many others. (Can’t recall all the names, but just pop by any tour agency that sprouts all along Aonang’s streets to find out more) – PSST: Do not pay more than $60 for a day tour. Always banter for a better rate and depending on the season and time of the year, you can even get up to 60% off.
– Chill at a Bar
Pick any nice bar along the beach or streets in Aonang or Railey. For a more hippie gypsy vibe, visit those on Railey/ Tonsai island. Fire breathing performance, slackline walking, mats, cushions, cigarettes and hammocks. It’s like straight out of the scene in Leonardo Di Carpio ‘The Beach’.
Lazing at a bar in Tonsai Island(Photo credited to Nur Elysa Sapari)
RESORT RECOMMENDATION: We stayed at the Sand Sea Resort on Railey Island, which is so convenient to get around.
#2 For the ‘A bit more Action please!’ Dude
– Krabi Rock Climbing
The #1 draw factor on Krabi. The endless rock walls are situated at different parts of the island for you to explore. They have different intensity levels for everyone, whether you are a noob/ beginner at rock climbing, an enthusiast who wants to try it for the first time or a season climber with all your hardcore gear.
For those who have never tried natural rock climbing before, you are in for a treat. Unlike the limited grips in an indoor rock climbing gym, natural rock has plenty of options for you. From smooth chalky limestone surfaces to rough friction-ful grips to huge rockhard jugs. Depending on the route you climb, you will occasionally see some friendly passerby ( bees, ants, monkeys if you are ‘lucky’). But come on, its natural rock, nature is part of the deal. Bring it on – Soil, dirt, animals and all!
NOW, for those who would like to try something a little more extreme, this is something for consideration..Deep Water Solo!
Definitely not for the faint-hearted. This pumped and extremely exhilarating activity can be booked at 2-3 point on Railey/ Tonsai Island. Look for for the large wooden signboards along with dirt paths as you go about. Want a kick of Krabi rock climbing, cliff diving and sheer insanity, try this and never look back (or down)!
Laze and cruise down the lovely waters at your own time and pace. Take a dip as and when you feel like it and feel the gorgeous sun beating down on your face. If you would like to try canyoning which is another popular sport in Asia, read more in my Bali post.
Slack Lining over the sea!
Situated at the corner right of Tonsai Island. Rent a kayak and head over to it to give this once in a lifetime slackline a try! 1-2 seconds, I assure you that’s the average a person can last on it.
– Whitewater rafting
Wet and Rough, the way you like it? Rage down the rapids and get very soaked along the way. Packed as it is with many other rafters, it is still a great deal of fun, and a great deal of splashing. Try it once and bring out the kid in you again 😛
– ATV Biking
Lastly, bumpy dirt biking! Roar your way down the jungle and onto the main road. Our guide was pretty strict with us going too wild, but still, there is a lot of kick riding a giant monster like this, swerving and drifting around the corners.
So that sums up my Krabi Rock Climbing Adventures.
Read more about Rock climbing in Bangkok Gyms.
“Have i gone mad?
I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland