Top climbing gyms in Bangkok


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The recent COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us cooped up at home, especially with gym rats’ fitness routines being brought to a screeching halt. But now that gyms are back in action once again, we can look forward to getting fit outdoors once more.

If lifting weights or struggling on the treadmill sounds like a chore, give rock climbing or bouldering (aka no ropes) a try instead. Not only will you get to channel your inner Tarzan, but climbing is an awesome way to clock in a full-body workout while having tonnes of fun.

Here are 6 climbing gyms to visit in Bangkok and get your adrenaline pumping.


1. Rock Domain Climbing Gym


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Rock Domain Climbing Gym is one of the most well-known gyms in BKK with over 1,400 square metres of climbing space. There are over 140 bouldering and rock climbing routes available here, with sets ranging from beginner to advanced routes.

And if heights don’t bother you, have a go at their 17m overhanging lead climbing wall.

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This gym is commonly known to be the largest rock climbing gym in Thailand!
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Those fresh to the world of climbing can join the gym’s 2h classes where learners can learn useful techniques to get started. The class costs ฿3,000 for 2 students and includes all the necessary equipment as well as a day pass.

Day Pass: ฿400

Rock Domain Climbing Gym
Address: 1780 Bangna-Trad Road, Bangna Bangkok 10260
Nearest Train Station: Bang Na BTS
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-9:30PM, Sat 10AM-9:30PM, Sun 10AM-9PM
Telephone: +66 2 399 4648
Website | Facebook


2. Urban Playground Climbing


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Nestled in the heart of Bangkok in Phrom Phong is Urban Playground Climbing, which is a hotspot for climbers thanks to its central location. 

This gym is one of the best indoor climbing spaces in Thailand, spanning over 7,000 square feet. Expect to break a sweat with their 70+ routes and over 40 boulder problems in the bouldering zone. You can also try their 12m top rope and lead climbing area if you’re up for a challenge.

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The bouldering zone has great routes and various wall types for all sorts of climbers
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Urban Playground has been in operation for over 30 years and also has other features you can enjoy while there, such as a fitness centre, yoga studio, and swimming pool. 

Day Pass: ฿475 (weekday), ฿575 (weekend)

Urban Playground Climbing
Address: 8 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Nearest Train Station: Phrom Phong BTS
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 1PM-10PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-10PM
Telephone: +66 2 119 7200
Website | Facebook


3. Climb Central Bangkok


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Climb Central Bangkok is the biggest air-conditioned climbing gym in Thailand climbers of all skill levels can enjoy. You can try everything from bouldering to top rope and lead climbing here with all the necessary safety measures being set in place.

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Those who prefer rock climbing over bouldering will have a great time here as there are tonnes of routes for you to try out – so get your ropes ready. 

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Parents can also take part in exciting activities with their kiddos in the family zone, which has promotions on the regular. Both parents and kids will be trained in a 15-minute briefing session before getting to unlock new climbing skills as a family.

Day Pass: ฿450

Climb Central Bangkok
Address: 10/4 Kallapraphruek Rd. Bangkae, Bangkok 10160
Nearest Train Station: Lak Song MRT
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 12PM-10PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM-9PM
Telephone: +66 92 250 0790
Website | Facebook


4. F5 Climbing Centre


Climbing is a social sport – but what if you don’t want to spend half your time waiting for someone to finish a route before it’s your turn? 

F5 Climbing Centre is a humble bouldering spot in Ramkhamhaeng that has a warm little community of its own, making it a great place to immerse yourselves into the world of climbing sans big crowds.

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The walls are full of routes ranging from beginner to pro levels – and kids routes too!
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Focusing mainly on bouldering, the gym has an impressive array of routes for all types of climbers. Overhangs, caves, and steep inclines – you name it. Routes are clearly marked and the staff members here are always ready to give you tips and join you on the walls if you’d like some company.

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Though F5 is a little out of the way as compared to other gyms on the list, the perks make up for the distance. Free chalk is provided for all climbers, and shoes are free for members as well. Those visiting the gym for the first time also get 3 free trial sessions during their first week, after which they can choose to sign up for their super affordable membership and pass plans. 

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The team here also frequently plans outdoor climbing trips anyone can join too.
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Once you’re done for the day, help yourselves to some yummy vegan snacks and drinks – all prepared fresh by the staff themselves.

Day Pass: ฿250

F5 Climbing Centre
Address: 28 Ramkhamhaeng Soi 24, Lane 14, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi, Bangkok 10240
Nearest Train Station: Ramkhamhaeng Airport Rail Link
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu: 1PM-9PM (Closed on Fridays and Saturdays)
Telephone: +66 2 015 7063
Website | Facebook


5. Gravity Lab Bangkok


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Living up to its name, Gravity Lab Bangkok describes itself as a gym set up by “route setting scientists” curious about what they call gravity experimentation. Their walls don’t go too high, so this is a fun place for beginner climbers to get started without being too overwhelmed.

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Routes are reset weekly with a good range for all skill sets
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If you have no experience in the sport and want to learn some basics, Gravity Lab hosts Basic Climbing courses every Monday, teaching newbies the necessary techniques and tips to know.

This is also a good place for families to visit – just note that the minimum entry age is 7, and children must be supervised at all times.

Day Pass: ฿400

Gravity Lab Bangkok
Address: 149 Boromrajchonnanee Rd., Arunamarin, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700
Nearest Train Station: Bang Yi Khan MRT
Opening Hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 9AM-10PM, Wed/Sat/Sun: 9AM-8PM
Telephone: +66 2 434 3999
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6. Virgin Active @ Siam Discovery


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Most of us are no strangers to the name Virgin Active, which has several fitness centres peppered across Bangkok. But besides their usual classes like yoga and aerobics, you can also get sweaty and work some climbing into your workouts while here.

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The wall at Siam Discovery’s outlet
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Virgin Active’s Siam Discovery branch comes with a climbing wall complete with the necessary equipment. Plus, their auto belay devices also ensure that you can scale the walls on your own while staying safe.

Weekly pass: ฿1,171.65

Virgin Active (Siam Discovery)
Address: 5th Floors, Siam Discovery Centre, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Nearest Train Station: Siam BTS
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 6AM-10PM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-9PM
Telephone: +66 2 017 9777
Website | Facebook


*Bonus* D-Sport Stadium


If you’re looking to give this sport a try just for fun, then head to D-Sport Stadium at Don Don Donki in Thong Lor. Here’s where you’ll find “routes” like no other – with fun themes like jenga and fossils.

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There are 3 walls to choose from and the staff here will be present to run through basic safety and climbing procedures before you get started. This one’s more for the kiddos, so pop by for a fun family day out.

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Once done scaling the walls, have some fun playing baseball, jumping on trampolines, and classic arcade games around the stadium!

Hourly rate: ฿180 (weekday) | ฿200 (weekend)

D-Sport Stadium (Don Don Donki)
Address: 107, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Khlong Tan Neau, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Nearest Train Station: Ekamai BTS
Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: +66 2 077 9999
Website | Facebook


Fun ways to exercise in BKK


Whether you’re a rock wall noob or the next Adam Ondra or Alex Honnold in the making, these gyms will have something for you to try. Don’t hesitate giving all the gyms a try to find one that suits you the most.

Happy climbing – allez!


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