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the Payoff! The view from the top, right before t...
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Welcome to Paradise!
The birthplace of climbing in Thailand. See the 1992 issue of Rock and Ice. Well developed with many places to stay and a functioning ATM. Very popular with tourists and divers, the island offers perfect beaches, excellent snorkeling, great diving, challenging game fishing and lots of activities like rock climbing, kayaking and local boat trips. Make sure to plan a day to trek up over the mountain to the Viewpoint Three and the remote beaches on the east side, and another early morning to spend on Phi Phi Leh.
The climbing is excellent at all grades up to 5.13b with the bulk of the routes in the 5.10 and 5.11 range. Hands down the best 5.10 multi pitch climbing in Thailand!
There are actually six islands in the Phi Phi group, with Phi Phi Don hosting all of the accommodation and nearly all of the climbing.
The rebolting process is ongoing and never-ending. It is a struggle every year to raise funds for new hardware. The Titanium bolts and Hilti glue that must be used equal out to about $17 PER BOLT! Thats over $200 PER ROUTE! Many people have put in their own time and money. If you climb here you owe it to the local community to make a donation. They have worked for over a decade now and you owe your life to them... literally! Inquire at Cat's Climbing Shop or email Shamick Byszewski
As most people are aware, this island was devastated in the December 2004 tsunami. The island has recovered well from the disaster, back on its feet, with the majority of buildings reconstructed and businesses eager to welcome people back.
However, the locals lost everything. Please support local business! Many businesses (even one climbing shop) are owned by foreigners. Don't be afraid to ask if the business is Thai owned because you should be spending money at the Thai owned shops.
- Thailand: A Climbing Guide by Sam Lightner Jr. (2005)
- Thailand Sport Climbing, The Pocket Guide 2010 by Sirichai Pongsopon at The Rock Shop (2010)
Ferry boats arrive daily from Krabi Town, Phuket and Ao Nang. Take a bus or fly to any of these areas. If you are traveling over land it is always cheaper and easier to get a combo ticket (bus+boat). If flying, buy a ticket at the airport when you land.
Browse More Classics in Koh Phi-Phi
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Koh Phi-Phi:
Featured Route For Koh Phi-Phi
Baron Von Tok, le Retour
5.12c PG13 International
: ... : Tonsai Tower
This route is the finish to "Rev de Phi Phi Don," or as it was originally called, "Pai Noon Mai." The pitches described here start at the ledge, 90 meters up the tower. The first pitch ascends the overhanging wall above the belay, and is a .12a. The second pitch goes up through the last steep section, and continues to the summit. 5.12c. Descend by doing two rappels back to the ledge. One 60 meter rope OK, two is better. ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
Greg Martinez on Tonsi Tower horizontal jugs
Black Wasp Danger 1 sting you will swell up like a...
View of Tonsai Bay climbing areas
Shamick Byszewski rebolting "Rev de Phi Phi Don" o...
Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh
Judy bouldering at Maya Bay
Phi Phi from Viewpoint Three near the radio tower....
Jonas, Ryan, Eliza working on new routes on Tonsai...
|By Curt Hokanson|
May 3, 2011
Has to be one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Had a wonderful vacation there with my girlfriend, climbing on Ton Sai Tower and laying on the beaches. Research hotels before hand because it can be a little overwhelming at the dock!
|By Steve Pulver|
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 15, 2011
I showed up here in '99 and was unable to find a climbing partner, also some of the people (all non-climbers, so they probably didn't know what they were talking about) warned me about bad bolts here. At which point I went over to Phra Nang and climbed there the rest of my trip; and found a lot of people to climb with. I'm just wondering if things have changed? If I show up are there going to be potential climbing partners here?
|By Ryan Williams|
From: London (sort of)
Oct 16, 2011
Things have changed a lot. All of the roues on Tonsai Tower, Drinking Wall and Hin Tak have been re-equipped with either Stainless or Titanium glue in bots. There aren't loads of climbers around... but you should be able to find partners.
You'll be blown away by the amount of development since '99 though, no matter where you go in southern Thailand. It's quite a bit different now than it was back then. You probably won't like it.