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The undisputed showstopper of climbing in Thailand’s Lopburi is Kao Jin Lae, the 600-foot-tall limestone tower rising out of sprawling sunflower fields. One thing you can count on when visiting the area is world-class climbing–mostly vertical—boasting a range of grades fused with spectacular views. While the majority of routes are multi-pitch, there are still fantastic options for single-pitch and beginner climbing just outside of Lopburi—making this the perfect stop for a day of guided rock climbing. The city of Lopburi also has a rich history rooted in its Khmer past, boasting some of the most stunning Khmer-style ruins in Thailand waiting for you to explore when you’re not on the crag. Find out more about the best climbing spots in Thailand and see why Kao Jin Lae should be on your bucket list from Surachet “Add” Kongsingh, Thailand local and Southeast Asia’s first AMGA Rock Guide.

  • Climb a monumental 600-foot-high limestone tower

  • Over 60 spectacular routes just 2 hours away from Bangkok

  • Hang out with countless monkeys roaming Lopburi

Available itineraries

Private Single-Pitch Guiding in Lopburi

Spanning all difficulty grades, you’re not going to struggle finding your perfect single-pitch route in Thailand’s Lopburi. Join your AMGA/WMA guides for a day of single-pitch climbing just outside the City of Monkeys. Whatever your objectives and goals are, your guide will customize the day according to your wishes. This is an ideal day for those wanting to experience climbing in Lopburi, but don’t want to waste time belaying. Come solo or with friends, you’re bound to have a great time!

Private Multi-Pitch Guiding on Lopburi’s Crags

Have you been wanting to finally get out of your comfort zone and take the next step in climbing? This private multi-pitch climbing is then perfect for you. Whether you have a moderate level of climbing ability or you’re a total expert, Lopburi won’t disappoint. The area is brimming with fantastic multi-pitch routes, and your AMGA/WMA guides will lead you through the best ones, including the 200-meter-high Kao Jin Lae limestone tower. And don’t even get us started on the views once you reach the top.

Transition From Gym to Rock in Lopburi

Head to Thailand’s Lopburi, where you’ll spend a day with your AMGA/WMA experienced guides, allowing you to safely and smoothly transition to the outdoors. Whether you’ve simply never had the chance to climb outside or you’re finding it a bit daunting to leave your local climbing gym, this day-trip will get you hooked on the outdoors. You’ll learn key differences between indoor and outdoor climbing, as well as essential skills for climbing safely outside. By the end of the day, you’ll have mastered the belay system, tying knots, and identifying potential hazards.

Intro to Rock Climbing in Lopburi

With its sprawling sunflower fields towered by monumental crags to climb on, Thailand’s Lopburi might just be the ideal setting for opening up the world of rock climbing. Your AMGA/WMA guides will teach you all there is to know about the basics. While the morning portion of the course will be spent learning basic mechanisms and belaying techniques of top-roping, the afternoon session will allow you to learn the ropes of rappelling, building a rappel, stepping over the edge, and lowering yourself to the ground.

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Meet your guide

Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures
Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures
CMRCA was founded in 2002 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by a group of local climbers. Their team consists of experts in climbing, caving, and recreation. Sustainability actions, the highest safety standards, and giving back to the community are the focus of CMRCA’s climbing community. They are passionate about sharing their love for the mountains, caves, and valleys with their clients—and along the way they help them become more confident climbers and achieve their goals.
5.00 (3 reviews)
Stacy Kim

Gee is a fantastic guide. We climbed at our skill limit and felt totally safe with him. He progressed us through a series of single pitches to assess our climbing level, and when we needed it, finished a lead so we could top rope and keep pushing. Then he did the same thing with multi-pitches. He offered us key tips for climbing on sharp limestone, which was new to us. Gee also expertly answered questions about the best way to extend safe belay systems over edges (that limestone again) and we were grateful to increase our climbing knowledge. And, he’s an extremely skilled climber, so just by watching him climb, we were able to improve our climbing at least a tiny bit. Aside from guiding us so well climbing, Gee did many extra things that we greatly appreciated. He picked us up from the bus stop, arranged a hotel and a rental car for us, and took us to the street market for delicious food. Finally, Gee was very respectful of the environment, the other climbers, and the monks and temple that we passed through on the approach. He made our experience wonderful and we’ll definitely contact him any time we want to climb in SE Asia!

Hsin-Ti L (source: Tripadvisor)

Great way to get the fullest of experience climbing in the nature if you are from outside of the country. And it is the best way to give back the both the local community and the crag developers. The price is way worth it’s value!

Taylor C (source: Tripadvisor)

Great climbing and excellent instruction on our two day course. My partner learned to lead climb and we both learned anchor building and rescue techniques, which was a big level up for me even after years of lead climbing experience. Can’t say enough about the quality of these guides and instructors!

Things to know

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • AMGA/WMA experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Climbing equipment
      • Full day of rock climbing
      • Climbing insurance
      • Lunch & water
      • Transportation to and from the climbing site from the city

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Thailand
      • Accommodations
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. You can choose between several courses, some beginner and some intermediate. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

    If you’d like to climb elsewhere in Thailand, check out this rock climbing tour in Railay.

  • No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb. Don’t worry if you’re an intermediate climber, though, there are also plenty of options for you!

  • All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Ropes
      • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Athletic clothing
      • Closed-toed shoes and socks
      • Water bottle
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For these courses, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 3:1.
      • The cost per person does not decrease.

    Rock climbing in Lopburi can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Lopburi, most people fly to New Bangkok International Airport (BKK – Suvarnabhumi) which is just over two hours away. You can rent a car or use one of the local shuttle companies to get to Lopburi.

    The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking. Guides determine exact locations after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Thailand, please refer to Thailand’s travel restriction updates.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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