As soon as this nightmare lockdown ends, rock climbers in Bangkok will have a new spot to scale the heights and solve problems.
Located 300 meters from BTS Phra Khanong, Stonegoat Climbing Gym is set to be one of Southeast Asia’s biggest bouldering gyms. It boasts six different walls catering to all levels, including beginners, with difficulty differentiated by color (red being easiest).
Some of the walls have been designed to resemble famous “problems” (aka the sequence of necessary moves) found in Thailand, including those at Krabi climbing hotspots Railay and Tonsai. The problems will be changed every six weeks, so return climbers will have something new to try.
The focus here is bouldering, mind you. The sport, which just debuted at the Olympics, is performed on small rock walls or artificial walls and is typically done without any equipment except for climbing shoes and chalk. If you’ve never tried it, fear not: It’s a very short drop to a padded surface.
The facility is also home to Remy’s, a recently opened bagelry. While Remy’s is currently open for takeaway and delivery, Stonegoat Climbing Gym will remain closed until the current lockdown ends, so stay tuned.
In the pre-opening phase, Stonegoat is offering discounts for bookings. You can currently purchase monthly memberships (currently THB2,000/month for three months), as well as 10-session passes (THB4,000 adults/THB3,600 kids), and day passes (currently THB450 adults/THB360 kids). Monthly membership will bump up to THB2,100/month in the future.
Stonegoat Climbing Gym
36/3, Soi Sukhumvit 69, Bangkok
Noon-11pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-11pm (weekend)
BTS Phra Khanong
This article, Go climb a rock in Phra Khanong when lockdown ends, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.