Get a leg up on 2022’s fitness goals at these 6 great Bangkok climbing gyms

Photo: Climb Central Bangkok / Facebook
Photo: Climb Central Bangkok / Facebook

Want to get ahead of your New Year’s fitness goals? 

Check out Bangkok’s growing number of climbing gyms, which range from easy routes for newbies to bouldering problems that require extra effort to nail. 

Here are some of the best facilities in Bangkok. 

Climb Central

Photo: Climb Central Bangkok / Facebook

This spacious indoor gym features loads of options for beginners and experts alike. The gym boasts more than 50 climbing lanes, including a bouldering area, lead climbing, autobelay routes (which eliminates a rope handler on the ground), and speed lanes.

Price: Day passes THB450 (adult)/THB350 (children); THB120 shoe and harness rental

Kalpraphruek Road, 092-250-0790. Mon-Fri 1-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm. 

F5 Climbing Center

Photo: F5 Climbing Center / Facebook

This colorful indoor climbing gym features everything from caves, top-out walls, and overhangs to straight climbs and a variety of difficult routes. One-on-one training sessions are available for members, as well as free personal training. Members can also join any other classes in the center and access the calisthenics park on the roof. For adventure junkies, the gym plans outdoor climbing trips.

Price: Day passes THB250; 12 drop-in sessions THB2,500

Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24, Yaek 14, 02-015-7063. Sun-Thu 1-9pm.

Gravity Lab

Photo: Gravity Lab Bangkok / Facebook

A team of sports scientists and national athletes designed this gym, which speaks to its bona fides. There’s a variety of climbing routes and grades, as well as a bouldering area, and while the space is a little smaller than others, it’s air-conditioned and has unique perks, like a finger board training system. If you want to level up, sign up for private one-on-one coaching. 

Price: Day passes THB400; private sessions THB1,200

Borommaratchachonnani Road. (Pinklao), 02-434-3999. Daily 11am-7pm.

Rock Domain

Photo: Rock Domain Climbing Gym / Facebook

Located in Bang Na, this spacious climbing gym spans over 1,440sqm, with an 11-meter top-rope wall and a lead wall adding up to about 100 routes. There’s also a spacious 700-sqm bouldering area offering more than 140 bouldering routes. Post-lockdown, Rock Domain returned with tons of new routes, so there’s a lot to explore now.

Price: Day passes THB400; one month passes THB3,350; 10 class passes THB3,500

Debaratna Road. (Bang Na-Trad), 02-399-4648. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm.

Stonegoat Climbing Gym

Photo: Stonegoat Climbing Gym

This bouldering-focused gym in Phra Khanong area boasts six different walls catering to all levels, including beginners, with difficulty levels differentiated by color (red is the easiest). Some of those walls have been designed to resemble famous problems found in Thailand, including Krabi climbing hotspots Railay and Tonsai. The problems change every week, so return climbers always have something new to try.

Price: Day passes THB450 (adults)/THB360 (kids); 10-session passes THB4,000 (adults)/THB3,600 (kids)

Soi Sukhumvit 69, Bangkok, Thailand. 063-219-9933. Mon-Fri noon-11pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm.

Urban Playground

Photo: Urban Playground Climbing / Facebook

Sitting inside the Racquet Club, this indoor climbing space is widely regarded as one of Thailand’s best climbing gyms. It features over 650sqm of space and caters to all levels with a bouldering wall, bouldering cave, 12-meter top-rope climbing route, and lead climbing facilities. If you’re just starting out, you can sign up for climbing classes, too.

Price: Racquet Club member passes start at THB4,500/month; Non-member passes THB475 (weekdays)/THB575 (weekends and holidays)

Soi Sukhumvit 49, 02-119-7200. Mon-Fri noon-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm. 

This story originally appeared in BK.

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