Yes ! Far from the touristic itineraries, Lopburi is a very old, calm and peaceful little town, 155 km far from Bangkok in the north (train tickets at 28 baths). Monkeys are living there in freedom and people are so much kind and accomodating !
Noom Guest House is the coolest place in town. 3 brothers & and their sister have offered us good moments eating & having a drink both the friendly locals and passing travellers with music on this so cosy street pavement. We rent motocycles for only 150 baths a day. Climbing shoes and harness were also available to invit our new trip' friends. For those who wish to climb with guide, it is possible to use the services of "Nature Adventure" at Noom Guesthouse … but not for the moustachus anyway !!
Located at only 20 km from the center of Lopburi, rises the magical moutain Khao Chin Lae with over 50 climbing routes spanning all difficulty levels. But watch out ! The road to get there is quit hard to find as long as the way to find the magic climbing area … "Secret Garden" !!! 4 hours to find the cliff the first day, 30mn by motocycle the next days …
At the base of Khao Chin Lae is a Buddhhist Temple (Wat PA Suwannahong) which controls and maintains the climbing area. There is no fee required to climb but donations to the temple are more than welcome. Climbers are required to register their climb in the climber' log before and after their session. We saw the chief monk and spent all the day with nice dogs following us anywhere and sleeping down the cliff while belaying !
The Cliff is about 180m high with muti pitches routes. The rock is very good and the crag is in the shade all the day !!
Here are the information to get there !!!!