If you want to escape the crowded attractions and go for exciting, adrenaline/pumping experiences only for the brave and the daring, visit Tha Kaek, the newest rock climbing destination.
Tha Kaek is known for its impressive Karst limestone mountains that are now turned into a new tourist attraction — more than 100 climbs that cater to every climber have been developed. There is a climb for every rock climbing enthusiast out there — both 5.8 to 5.13 climb for traditional climbers, and the higher ones for more experienced climbers feature wide selections of technical routes. With the place’s scenic surroundings, exciting routes to choose from, accessible lodging and decent food places, one can say that Tha Kaek is definitely a must visit for climbing enthusiasts.
This activity is located in the krast mountains of Tha Kaek, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
Rock Climbing at Tha Kaek can be experienced through Green Climbers Home, which is open 24-hours every day.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Tourists are advised to book ahead to confirm a slot. Prices vary depending on the kind of climb you want to experience. Level One and Two cost between LAK 160,000 to 1,030,000 (USD 20 to 124). Level Three and Four climbs cost from LAK 600,000 to 1,000,000 (USD 72 – 120).
How to Get There
- If you’re coming from Vientiane, take a 6-hour bus ride to Tha Kaek.
- If coming from Pakse, board a bus to Tha Kaek.
- From the bus station, take a tuk-tuk to Green Climbers Home.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Prepare to spend at least half day rock climbing. However, most climbers choose to stay for one full day.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
If you’re planning to join the rock climbing activities, the best time to go to Tha Kaek is between November to March — Laos’ dry, cooler season — and during the hot season which starts from March to May.
- Rock Climbing
Green Climbers Home has its very own restaurant, the Kneebar. In here, you can order affordable Lao dishes, or order food to take with you to the crag. Tourists are encouraged to bring their own bottles.
- Phu Hib Bun Npa
- Khoun Kong Leng
- Kang Lor Cave
If you choose to stay at Green Climbers Home, you can avail of their accommodations that include decent bungalows at rates ranging from USD 18 to USD 26. For those who prefer to get back to the town center, you can stay in nearby hotels such as Inthira Hotel, Southida Guesthouse, Villa Thakek, Xailuedy Hotel, and Thakek Travel Lodge. Rates range from USD 20 to USD 120.