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Summary

Who has not heard of Ton Sai, the paradise crag in southern Thailand. Things have changed recently, but the climbing is still awesome.

Description

Ton Sai has hundreds of routes to offer, from 5c to 8c. Expect three-dimensional limestone with huge jugs, tiny pockets, slopers, stalactites, tufas, caves... The easier routes are usually pretty busy, especially during high season (November to March), and super polished, but still worth jumping on. There are also plenty of multi-pitches, with 'Lord of the Thais' (7b) considered one of the best in the world. Cherry on the cake is of course climbing on the beach, never too far from a cold beer and a mango sticky rice. Be aware that Ton Sai is a very touristy destination, so if mass tourism isn't your thing, consider other areas for your trip.

Ton Sai has hundreds of routes to offer, from 5c to 8c. Expect three-dimensional limestone with huge jugs, tiny pockets, sloppers, stalactites, tufas, caves... The easier routes are usually pretty busy, especially during high season (November to March), and super polished but still worth jumping on. There are also plenty of multi-pitches, with 'Lord of the Thais' (7b) considered one of the best in the world. Cherry on the cake is of course climbing on the beach, never too far from a cold beer and a mango rice. Be aware that Ton Sai is a very touristy detination, so if mass tourism isn't your thing consider other areas for your trip.

Access issues

No road access. From Ao Nang hire a longtail boat to take you around to Ton Sai. Boats only operate during the day.

Approach

From Krabi Airport, make your way to Ao Nang via a 1h shuttle, then get a longtail boat to Ton Sai. The ones that go to Railay will stop in Ton Sai, too.

Where to stay

There are many different accommodations in Ton Sai and Railay, from cheap bamboo huts (no air cons, not very clean, not too safe and plenty of mosquitoes) to luxury resorts with air con and swimming pools. Camping is not allowed.

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Most walls are in the shade till noon.

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Most walls are in the shade in the afternoon.

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Eagle Wall Cliff
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Cobra Wall Cliff
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Fire Wall Cliff
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Cat Wall Cliff
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Crags around the small peninsula separating Ao Nang and Ton Sai. Two good multi-pitches on the prominent 'Ao Nang Tower', accessible only by boat, and a rarely climbed crag at the Pai Plong Beach (aka Bamboo Beach).

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