Krabi Rocks!

By Krabi Magazine Jun 9, 2014
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Krabi Provincial Administration, Railay Rock Climbing Club, Krabi Tourism Association and various local tourism operators jointly arranged and hosted the “6th Krabi Rock and Fire International Contest” from 21 to 23 April, 2014, at Railay Beach and Tonsai Bay, Mueang district.
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “This event is the biggest rock climbing competition in Thailand. It takes place annually at the stunning Railay Beach, which is world-renowned as one of the most amazing locations for warm weather climbers and has recently been named by TripAdvisor as one of Asia’s top-ten beautiful beaches. Once again, this event brought in local and international rock climbers, enthusiasts and tourists to enjoy what is always a life-enhancing experience.”

Krabi, the lovely Southern Thai province that stretches out into the Andaman Sea is now nearly as well-known as neighbouring Phuket, though noticeably less developed. Among its most popular islands are Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Ao Nang and Railay Beach, all of which attract increasing numbers of international and regional tourists to this charming and peaceful province.
Krabi also boasts some of the best rock climbing in the world thanks to its tall and challenging limestone peaks. At Railay Beach alone, there are more than 600 rock climbs, most of which are world-class. Once climbers have scaled the heights, they can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the deep blue Andaman Sea and the ever lovely coastline. The fact that climbers can start at the beach and scale the peaks in warm sunshine means that more and more thrill-seekers are coming to Krabi to take the challenge. For this year’s “Rock and Fire International Contest”, more than 30 teams of adventurous tourists from the world over joined the climbing. As usual, the competition offered three types of climbing event: Lead Climbing Mountain, Deep Water Soloing and the Freestyle Fire Contest. All of the events took place at the famous Railay Beach. And for visitors, there was not just the climbing to enjoy! The fun continued into the night with many parties being hosted. There was a range of musical performances as well as dining opportunities that included booths offering local seafood - many prepared by some of the big-name hotels in the area, on Railay Beach and Tonsai Bay.

The TAT Governor said, “The Krabi Rock and Fire International Contest has become increasingly popular over recent years and helps to promote Krabi as a fun destination for thrillseekers as well as beach lovers. Rock climbers love it here as the climbs up the limestone peaks are not only diverse and challenging, but also offer some the most beautiful scenery in the world to enjoy, once they have scaled the heights.” Content Content Content

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