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Climbing Koh Yao Noi- The best rock climbing crags in Thailand

Stop press - there are now a good selection of beginner routes on Koh Yao Noi, which are all in pristine condition, unlike the beginner routes on Railay-Tonsai, which are now all polished by such high usage.


Koh Yao’s rock-faces are fast becoming Thailand’s next vertical playground. In the high season, when Railay and Tonsai are inundated with thousands of climbers, the best rock-climbing destination in Thailand is now Koh Yao Noi, with over a hundred routes of varied grades, all in pristine condition and affording wonderful views from the tops of its semi-deserted crags.
 
The climbing on Koh Yao Noi is perfect for the more adventurous climber, though it's not necessary to be able to climb advanced grades. For mid-range climbers this is currently the best destination in Thailand. The Railay/Tonsai routes in the range 6a - 6b+ are all highly polished and overcrowded in the high season, whereas on Koh Yao Noi the many new routes at these levels are in mint condition and never crowded.


Koh Yao Noi has some of the best rock climbing crags in Thailand. The Grateful Wall, on the north side of Koh Yao Noi, is possibly the best wall for moderate climbing in Thailand. Also, the setting is unbeatable - perched 5 meters above the sea, you are blessed with amazing views of the islands scattered throughout Phang-Nga Bay.

Other crags are not listed in any guidebook or in this website's route directory, as we need special permission to climb there from the local bird’s nest collectors. Located amongst some of the most popular islands in the region, these secret crags offers up amazing climbing for the more experienced climber.

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