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Kao Jin Lae Tower

If multi-pitch climbing is your jam, Kao Jin Lae is home to some of the friendliest routes available. Located in central Thailand in the Lopburi Province, climbers have been scaling the 206 meter limestone tower and its surrounding areas for almost two decades. I love this area and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic and exciting climbing experience.

Thailand’s best hidden gem for climbing

Kao Jin Lae is one of the lesser-known climbing areas in Thailand, so be prepared for some overgrown paths, but more importantly smaller crowds and open rock faces — one of the main reasons I love it here so much. The rock on these climbs can be sharp and unforgiving, so be careful while you enjoy the breathtaking views!

The area is maintained by the two inhabitants of the local temple, who provide access to the area as well as showers and bathrooms. To get to the best climbing in the area, climbers must pass through the temple, and are always expected to make a small donation. While a fee has not been required in the past, it may be in the near future. For the best housing, food, and beer, the NooM Guesthouse and Restaurant, run by a veteran rock climber and guide simply can’t be beat.

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