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Description 

This beautiful solitary sea tower begs to be climbed, and it is the first area you see after leaving Ao Nang. It is in the shade from morning until 1 PM, so best to get an early start and plan to be off before the sun hits.

The two main routes on this tower are:
Orange Chandeliers 11b, 3 pitches
A0 Nang, Ao Nang 5.10a

Sam;s guide mentions a harder 13a climb past the anchor of Ao Nang Ao Nang, and a few forgotten climbs on the right side of the tower.

If you want to climb Ao Nang, Ao Nang it would be best to do it first, so you won't have to reverse the initial traverse of Orange Chandeliers.

Getting There 

This is the beautiful tower you pass while traveling between Tonsai and Ao Nang. It is only accessible by boat or sea kayak. You can pay the boatman to stay and wait or tell them to come back at a certain time. It cost us 600 baht ~$15 for transportation. With better bargaining skills you could probably get there and back for cheaper.

Getting out of the boat will be easier at high tide, and it is rumored to be difficult to get a boat to take you here during the rainy season.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.6 miles from here

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ao Nang Tower:
Orange Chandeliers   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Orange Chandeliers 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Asia : Thailand : ... : Ao Nang Tower
Climb out of the boat on the right side of the tower to an anchor about 10 ft out of the water. You can belay your second up from here. From here traverse left ~50 feet with a fixed line and threads to clip, about 5.7. We belayed this section but it could easily be solo'd as you are above water after all.Pitch 1 5.10d 10 bolts, 105 feet.Climb upwards on tufas and stalactites, pulling a few steeper bulges along the way.Pitch 2 5.11a 6 bolts 60 feetNegotiate the steep start, then head up easier...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Climbing the 5.10 while our boat waits patiently below.
Climbing the 5.10 while our boat waits patiently b...
The beautiful Ao Nang Tower
The beautiful Ao Nang Tower
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tower view
on top of the route
on top of the route

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By DisturbingThePeace
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jan 10, 2008
One drawback of climbing on this tower is the incredible noise of the long boats. Don't expect to be able to hear your partner whatsoever. Good to work out rope signals in advance.
By Nick Giblin
From: Santa Rosa, CA
Feb 19, 2013
This is an awesome formation! Rent a kayak and get yourself on this thing. It is truly unforgettable!