Krabi Rock and Fire International Contest

Watch or compete in the 2015 Krabi Rock and Fire International Contest

It’s almost time for the 7th Annual Krabi Rock and Fire International Contest, where people from all over the world come to compete at Railay Bay and Ton Sai Bay in Krabi Province, April 16-17. The contest includes three categories: rock climbing, deep water soloing, and a freestyle fire competition. Winners will receive cash prizes.

The main staging area is at Phra Nang Cave Beach in Railay, where contestants can sign up and sign in for their events. Railay Beach is about a 30-minute drive from Krabi International Airport, followed by a 15-minute longtail boat ride.

The contest highlights the physical athleticism of people competing against the beautiful backdrop of Krabi’s towering, craggy limestone cliffs and rock formations, and the beautiful emerald Andaman Sea. It attracts international and local climbers, professional and amateurs, enthusiasts and tourists.

Rock Climbing Competition

Krabi’s limestone karsts attract international climbers, and over time, it has become one of the best climbing destinations in the world. At Railay Beach, there are over 600 rock climbs, most of which are world class. Last year, over 30 climbing teams took part in the rock climbing competition.

This year’s rock climbing competition will take place between the cliffs of Phra Nang Cave Beach and Ton Sai Beach.

Climbers can bring their own gear, or rent it from a number of nearby shops. Climbers who are new to the sport and who want to compete can take classes offered by many of the gear shops.

Deep Water Soloing in Krabi, Thailand

Some describe deep water soloing as the purest form of mountain climbing, because climbers scale Krabi’s limestone cliffs without any gear. Requirements include a good pair of climbing shoes, and a lot of strength and skill. After climbers reach the apex of their destination, they free-fall into the Andaman Sea below.

This year’s deep water soloing event will take place at the Ao Nang Bay. Spectators can take a small boat from Ao Nang Beach to watch the competition from a barge.

Freestyle Fire Competition

The freestyle fire competition requires an assortment of skills: dancing, twirling sticks of fire, balance, stamina and nerve.

Amateurs and professionals alike can compete in the fire competition. The contest takes place after dark, at Railay West Beach, on a large stage constructed along several beachfront restaurants.

For more information, or to sign up for any of the competitions of the Krabi Rock and Fire International Contest, contact the Krabi offices of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at +66 75 612 811, or [email protected]