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Alex Johnson climbed in Thailand

Alex Johnson climbed in Thailand

Follow Alex Johnson and Kati Hetrick as they experience the amazing Limestone Caves, Deep Water Soloing, Sandstone Bouldering, Multi-Pitch Climbing, Crazy Night Life and More! Bouldering in Khon Kaen Starts at 9:26. Big thanks to Alex, Kati and Bear Cam Media for your efforts.

About Us

  Khon Kaen Climbing Club (KKCC) — We are a climbing community, not a company. We formed our group aiming to enlarge the climbing community in Khon Kaen. We all work voluntarily and non-profit, including exploring cimbing area, cutting trails, developing boulder problems, bolting sport […]

Zoolander Bouldering Area

Zoolander Bouldering Area

Khon Kaen Climbing Club (KKCC) has climbed at Nam Phong National Park since 2011. Sadly, Nam Phong area was closed down in 2017 due to access problems with the national park. So we have moved the venue to a new area call Zoolander located in Khon Kaen zoo.

The discover of Zoolander was is late 2017 when Wan (KKCC member) joined an annual meeting of Tourism Council of Khon Kaen to bring up the issue of climbing access at Nam Phong. We always work hard to ensure that climbing is recognized in tourism business in Khon Kaen as thousands of sandstone in this city can become a top bouldering destination of Asia and bring more tourists to the city. In that meeting, Wan was introduced to Mr. Thanachon Kensign, director of Khon Kaen zoo. While we were struggling fighting for access to Nam Phong, he said he has hundreds of boulders in the zoo properties and invited us to go explore their potentials. So we went to the zoo and we were amazed by potential of the area.

The zoo is home to wild animals, the rare breed conservation research center, and most importantly, hundreds of sandstone boulders with loads of potential. We have been working hard to develop Zoolander area since Nov 2017, cutting trail, putting up trail head signs, mapping all the climbable boulders, developing lines, maintaining the area, and publishing topo and area information online. We opened the area in Jan 2018, attracting hundreds of climbers from all over the world. With the help of local and visiting climbers, we now have a range of problems from V0 to V11, and the potential for much more.  As of Aug 2018, we have listed 9 sub-sections, with about 500 boulders, and nearly a thousand lines. The zoo organization has officially authorized us to climbed meaning there will be no access problems. Climbers can climb and enjoy all the great amenities the zoo has to offer, including restrooms, restaurants, a campground, and a Water Park!

We know that concept of climbing as a sport is not familiar to Thai people, especially in the Northeastern area. We always work closely with zoo organization, Tourism Council of Khon Kaen, Ministry of Tourism and Sport (MOTS), Khon Kaen Tourism Business Association (KKTBA), Tourism Authority of Thailand (Khon Kaen branch), local TV media, and Khoa Suang Kwang district sheriff to make sure that the locals are well aware of climbing activities in the area. Most importantly, we communicate the message that climbing area attracts a new group of tourists that tend to stay longer, thus more  income to the area. We educate zoo staff basic of climbing and English communication. We had a workshop about sustainability in tourism development with Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Khon Kaen University. We also brought young generation to help us develop the trail and then try climbing for free through our Trail Day project that was sponsored by Ministry of Tourism and Sport.

Climbers are always welcome at Zoolander, Khon Kaen Zoo. When you arrive at the front gate, you will be asked to pay an entry fee ฿150 directly to the zoo then sign a waiver form. Part of the fee will go to our climbing access fund to help us maintain the area. So far, we have many climbers climbed at Zoolander, ate at restaurants, swam at a Water Park, and stayed at a campground of the zoo. It is a well-developed area and truly is a one-stop service for climbers.We hope that Zoolander will soon become a climbing destination in Southeast Asia, offering a platform for meeting, learning and sharing climbing experiences and the outdoor activities.

Zoolander Trail Day 2

Volunteer and learn how to climb with Khon Kaen climbing club Zoolander Trail Day Part 2. We, Khon Kaen Climbing Club know that climbing is mostly a sport for foreigners, not Thai. There are many local Khon Kaen people that want to try climbing but […]

KKBF 2018

It’s time for the 2nd International Khon Kaen Bouldering Festival (KKBF), introducing a new bouldering area that we hope soon will become an international bouldering destination. Presented by Mad Rock and organized by Khon Kaen Climbing Club, this year’s contest is sure to be not only fun but also challenging! Climbers will compete for  merchandise graciously donated by this year’s sponsors Mad Rock, Black Diamond, Clean Kanteen, Sterling, Friction Labs, Runivore, Giddy, and Climb Central.

The festival takes place in Khon Kaen city, North Eastern Thailand.

19 -21 Jan 2018

This year we made change to our competition categories,

  1. Adult Semi-Pro  (male/female)
  2. Adult Recreational  (male/female)
  3.  Youth 12-15 yo (male/female)

Adult Participant: 990.00 THB adult

Youth: 450.00 THB

Spectator: 450.00 THB



19 Jan 2018 :

4:00 PM Start registration at

KK Centrum Hotel

โรงแรม ขอนแก่นเซ็นทรุ่ม

33/17-18 Soi Supateera, Srichan Rd., Muang Khon Kaen, KHON KAEN 40000 THAILAND

Tel: 081-574-0507


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Payment for the festival will be required in THB or USD. Payment information will be sent to your email once you registered.


Please let us know if you are planning to arrive late, we need to know that you are still planning to participate.

6:00 PM Opening of the festival. Introduction of Khon Kaen Climbing Club, sponsors, rules of competition, and Hin Chang Si, Nam Phong bouldering area.

7:30 PM Break for  Dinner, climbers can go out and choose from one of the many neighborhood restaurants to eat at.


20 Jan 2018 

7:30 AM Meet at KK Centrum hotel for our departure to the boulders. Transportation is included in the registration fee.

Next meeting spot will be at the Lower Meadow section parking lot,Hin Chang Si, Nam Phong bouldering area.

8:45 AM  Our local climbers will guide you through the boulder field for an orientation and explanation or the area.

9:30 AM  Climbing starts.

12:00 PM Group lunch.  Eat together at meeting point.  Lunch box is included in the registration fee and you can specify if you have any restriction diet in the registration. Then back on the boulders.

4:00 PM Collect the problems list and we will depart for Khon Kaen City.

5:30 PM participants can clean up and rest

6:00 PM the competition winners are decided and the after-climb cerebration starts.

7:30 PM Dinner. This year we are working hard to include dinner in the package. Will keep you posted.

9:00 PM Socializing and Drinks. We will provide water. Alcoholic beverage will be available for sell at the event.


21 Jan 212018 

7:30 AM  Meet at KK Centrum Hotel and depart for Hin Chang Si, Nam Phong bouldering area. Sunday is for having fun climbing, cleaning the area, and starting new projects. We will spend our time in the Meadow, East and West Eucalyptus sections.


I know some of you will have to take off Sunday, so let us know what time you need to be back in Khon Kaen and we will try to make proper arrangements. Climbers that plan to stay till Monday or later will depart the boulders around 4:00 PM.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to send us and email:,, or facebook: khonkaenclimbingclub.

We look forward to meeting and climbing with you!

Accommodation:  –

KK Centrum Hotel

33/17-18 Soi Supateera, Srichan Rd., Muang Khon Kaen, KHON KAEN 40000 THAILAND

Tel: 081-574-0507

Transportation and logistic: Transportation is included in the registration fee. The vehicles will depart in the morning from KK Centrum Hotel. Please be there on time, the busses can not wait for those who are late.

KKBF 2019

1. Overview Mad Rocks presents Khon Kaen International  Bouldering Festival 2019 (#KKBF2019), organized by Khon Kaen Climbing Club (KKCC). We are a group of local and international climbers united by passion for climbing and the development of climbing in Khon Kaen. Proceeds from ticket sales and […]


Khon Kaen Climbing Club


Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
ACC# : 551-441074-7
Name : Panitan Jutaporn

Yes, we are bolting a soon-to-be awesome climbing area in Khon Kaen.
Yes, it’s the first sport climbing in the northeast of Thailand.
Yes, it costs 3500-5500 THB/ route.
Yes, now we have 8 routes on the wall (Jun 2017).
Yes, we are using our own money for bolting.
Yes, we are broke! LOL

You can help us by donating to out bolt fund or just come climbing with us and use our rental gears.
Every bath from the bolt fund will be used to develop the climbing area in Khon Kaen.

ทางชมรมกำลังดำเนินการเจาะหน้าผาเพื่อพัฒนาให้เป็นแหล่งกีฬาปีนผาแบบ sport เป็นแห่งแรกของภาคอีสานอยู่นะคะ โดยก็มีงบในการติดตั้งอยู่ที่ประมาณ 3500-5500 บาทต่อรูท แล้วตอนนี้ก็มีอยู่ 8 รูทแล้วค่ะ ซึ่งชมรมก็ควักกระเป๋าตัวเองจ่ายทั้งหมดค่ะ… ตอนนี้เราก็จนแล้วค่ะ 555

คุณสามารถมามีส่วนร่วมช่วยเราพัฒนาพื้นที่ปีนผาในขอนแก่นได้นะคะ โดยการบริจาคเงินเข้า Bolt Fund ของ Khon Kaen Climbing Club ตามรายละเอียดในรูปเลยค่ะ หรือมาร่วมปีนผากับเราแล้วเช่าอุปกรณ์ก็ได้ค่ะ ทุกบาททุกสตางค์ที่ได้ จะนำไปใช้เพื่อพัฒนาพื้นที่ปีนผาในจังหวัดขอนแก่นค่ะ

ใครมีเพื่อนๆ ก็ช่วยกันแชร์ก็จะขอบคุณมากค่ะ ^^


English ไทย English FAQ. English a Is there any climbing in Khon Kaen?   Yes, there are! There are two main types of climbing that can be performed in Khon Kaen: bouldering and climbing with rope (sport/top rope climbing). 1. For bouldering, we climb on boulder […]