jeudi 28 juin 2007

Lopburi ... the coolest place to climb in Thailand !

Lopburi ... The coolest place to climb in Thailand !

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 !!

We finished the day with a nice swim in the near lakes, having a beer and looking for the sunset on Khao Chin Lae …

Here are the information to get there !!!!

15 commentaires:

AmandeABloc a dit…

Oh Darling it is a very good post ! that gives desire for going there! you will take me along there low to make a turn in motocycles?

Matoldshoes a dit…

I confirm, it is like that... A dream place in the world. BoulderPeanut is right, Fred, you should take her there!

Damage a dit…

You were right Fred, Lopburi looks soo much like the glasshouse mountains, Mt Coonowrin in fact

I have always wanted to go to Thailand to climb, one day. My Big Project

JeyOz a dit…

I ld like to go to Thailand too. It could be a very nice trip, and it is mid way between France and Oz. When are u available guys ?

Damage a dit…

I would not be available until after traveling around Aus, Mid 2008 - 2009. unless plans change !

Jeyoz, Keep in mind when I get near good climbing locations throughout AUS I will let you know so you might be able to join me, Especially Tasmania.

Fredstache a dit…

Yeah ! Me I'd like to go to New Zealand ! Not far from Australia ... what do you think ? Bouldering in Nea Zealand .... whaou !

Damage a dit…

I'm up for the NZ Trip, I have friends that live on the North Island and Family of friends in the south Island. And have not traveled the South Island Yet.

Group Trip in the Planning ?

TonySport a dit…

For my part, I would like to go to Villetaneuse for climbing. Someone ??

JeyOz a dit…

NZ ! let's go ! Fred, do u know Castle Hill ? There are plenty of videos about this bouldering area. Let me know guys when you get there ...

Anonyme a dit…

salut les moustachus
I allowed myself to add a link in direction to your blog on my page (fr):
that's good for the pics and your trip there.
this is also the topo of the cliff:
more cliff bolted on this province now. i will put more topo later.
cheers and may the force continue to be with you.


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