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Krabi – Rock, Raw and Rustic

KRABI, the 2nd hottest beach destination after Phuket in Thailand. Krabi Rock

Krabi Rock, Raw and Rustic
Krabi Rock, Raw and Rustic

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Sick of the commercialized Patong Beach? Krabi brings you one step closer to a more quaint and rustic part of Thailand. In January, me and a bunch of crazy rock climbers decided to make our way there to – conquer the incredible limestone cliff rocks on Krabi Railey Island!

Outdoor Rock climbing, the #1 selling point and known attraction in Krabi island to tourists all over the world. So instead of the usual beach sun tanning, thai massages and crowded night markets, we found ourselves staying on Railey Island and Tonsai island, best known for the nicest rock walls across Southeast Asia. Before I get to the details of my rock climbing Krabi adventures…

 

Krabi – Rock, Raw and Rustic

Simple List of Things to Do for a Holiday in Krabi

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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.

Tonsai Beach View from the Cave | Krabi Rock, Raw and Rustic
Tonsai Beach View from the Cave

I have been to Railey Beach at least 4-6 times till date, and never get sick of it. The beauty of the towering cliffs, soft sand on the feet, the little bars you walk past to get to the climbing spots.

Traditional Boats of Railey Beach | Krabi Rock, Raw and Rustic
Traditional Boats of Railey Beach

One thing to note is the tides of the day. If you are trying to get to certain places or spots on the island, be mindful that there will be times that you will have to waddle in water and get quite wet if the tide is up. Little tip, always wear slipper or water proof shoes that can walk on water, put on swimwear underneath your clothing and lastly, avoid having bags that are not waterproof. You wouldn’t want your camera to get soaked!

Go Snorkeling and Tanning

Chicken island, Phi Phi island and many others are places to start off your snorkelling journey. (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.

Krabi Thailand Boat ride to deep water solo - Lydiascapes Travel
Get some sun at Railey Beach in Krabi

One of the best parts about these excursions is the relaxing boat rides and feeling the sun on your face after a nice cold swim. Bring along some bread in your bag to attract schools of fish to you while you are snorkelling.

Krabi Thailand Rock Raw Rustic - fishes and snorkelling in the clear waters
Fish feeding frenzy while snorkelling by the beach of Railey

Chill at a Beach Bar at Railey West at Sunset

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’.

Chilling out at the bar at night Thailand Krabi Tonsai
Hipster slacker life at night here in Krabi (Photo credited to Nur Elysa Sapari)

Base on my latest trip to Krabi, my favourite place to chill out after a long day of climbing would be the Railey West beach which has a stunning sunset view and you can lay your picnic mat, jump into the waves for a nice wash off the dirt, sweat and soil from the day of climbing.

RESORT RECOMMENDATION: We stayed at the Sand Sea Resort on Railey Island, which is so convenient to get around. However the prices have gone up since then!

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Krabi Rock Climbing – Sport Climbing

The #1 draw factor on Krabi – outdoor sport climbing. 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 seasoned climber with all your hardcore gear.

The tonnes of equipment we brought along Krabi Thailand Rock climbing
The tonnes of equipment we brought along (Photo credited to Yee Si Ying)
Me leading up a route called ‘Helga’ Krabi Thailand Rock climbing Lydiascapes
Me leading up a route called ‘Helga’ (Photo credited to Yee Si Ying)

For those who have never tried outdoor 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-full grips to huge rockhard jugs.

 

Our trusty climbing shoes we depend our lives on Krabi Thailand Rock Climbing
Our trusty climbing shoes we depend on our lives on (Photo credited to Yee Si Ying)

 

Our ‘Tarzan’ friend conquering ’ Beauty and the Beast’ route Krabi Thailand Rock ClimbingLydiascapes
Our ‘Tarzan’ friend conquering ’ Beauty and the Beast’ route ( Photo credited to Yee Si Ying)

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!

 

Multi-Pitch Climbing

If you have always wanted to try multi-pitch, this is the place to be. Its got easy and conquerable routes for beginners and you get such a stunning view that take your breath away. Below is a picture of these 2 ladies going on their multi-pitch adventure.

Multi-pitch at Railey, Krabi | Level 3 Outdoor Rock Climbing
Multi-pitch at Railey, Krabi | Level 3 Outdoor Rock Climbing

Just a word of caution, multi-pitch requires proper preparations, so make sure you have learned the proper multi-pitch techniques and ropes and have all your necessary rock climbing equipment and gear before you embark on this.

Deep Water Solo in Krabi

NOW, for those who would like to try something a little more extreme, this is something for consideration..Deep Water Solo!

Deep water solo in action in Krabi Thailand (Photo credited to Wu Zhou Yi)
Deep water solo in action in Krabi Thailand (Photo credited to Wu Zhou Yi)

 

Taking a break on one of the rest points along the route Krabi Rock Climbing
Taking a break on one of the rest points along the deep water solo route (Photo credited to Wu Zhou Yi)

Definitely not for the faint-hearted. This pumped and extremely exhilarating activity can be booked at 2-3 point on Railey/ Tonsai Island. Look out 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)!

Me and fellow climbing buddy posing for a shot! What one cannot see is the immense trembling of our feet as we perched on those little rock formations
Me and fellow climbing buddy posing for a shot! What one cannot see is the immense trembling of our feet as we perched on those little rock formations.

Kayaking

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.

Kayaking in Krabi Thailand | Fishes, sunshine and salty water
Kayaking in Krabi Thailand

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.

Slacklining at Krabi Railey Beach | Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Slacklining at Krabi Railey Beach | Things to do in Krabi Thailand
Slacklining in Thailand | Best pastime between breaks of climbing
Slacklining in Thailand | Best pastime between breaks of climbing

White Water 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 😛

whitewater rafting in Krabi Thailand
whitewater rafting in Krabi Thailand

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. This is definitely a must-do, and it can compete with the super fun one I did in Bicol Philippines as well!

ATV Biking in Krabi Thailand | Adventures to behold in Phuket and Krabi
ATV Biking

So that sums up my Krabi Rock Climbing Adventures.
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Dangling in Sheer Pleasure Krabi Thailand Rock Climbing
Dangling in Sheer Pleasure ( Photo credited to Yee Si Ying)

“Have i gone mad?
I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Krabi - rock, raw and rustic
Krabi – rock, raw and rustic

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Kat
    July 13, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    The climbing looked really cool!

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      July 17, 2018 at 5:12 am

      Start rock climbing Kat, and I promise you won’t be disappointed;)

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