Normally when people talk about getting high in Koh Phangan they are referring to the various illegal substances that can be furtively purchased on the island. However, in this instance we are talking about an exciting new activity option on Koh Phanghan – namely, rock climbing. Like kite boarding and mountain biking it is a sport that is growing in popularity. It is thus great news that Koh Phangan now has its first indoor rock climbing facility.
The gym has a concrete wall painted various colours that contains a series of foot and hand holds for people to attempt to climb the wall. There are numerous routes available suitable for beginners and children all the way up to seasoned pros who want a workout and a bit of a challenge.
There is a club feel to the gym. Or rather it is a community of likeminded individuals who run and use the gym. They post regular updates on their Facebook page of when the various classes are going to be held.
The climbing community in Koh Phangan seems to be growing as the ex-pat numbers swell. This community also organise various excursions over the island, sourcing good boulder areas to climb and scramble over. In time they will discover more places to practice and enjoy climbing. Koh Phangan is a mountainous island with surely many undiscovered / underused spots to enjoy climbing.
Naturally, harnesses, ropes and safety equipment has to be worn in order to attempt scaling the wall or doing any serious outdoor rock climbing. These are all provided by the gym. You pay a membership fee and this gives you access to the wall and the safety equipment.
As an added bonus, members also get free access to the table tennis table in the gym. So while you are waiting to get your climb you can have a bit of ping pong fun.
It is good to see that residents and holiday makers alike in Koh Phangan can find healthy and legal ways to get high. However one word of warning – if you are a novice and want to have a go then check the fine print of your travel insurance policy, as often dangerous sports are not covered by typical policies.
Get High Koh Phangan Rock Climbing Gym is located on the main Thongsala to Haad Rin road on the jungle side. If you are travelling from Thongsala it is on the left just before the turning where Smile Hostel is located.
As yet no phone number has been published for the gym. However, the manager is called Seva. His number is:
The address is:
132/2 Moo 1, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, Tambon Ko Pha-ngan, Koh Pha Ngan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
They have a Facebook page: