Nobody could ever say Chiang Mai is short of things to do. Rock climbing and caving are two of the specialist activities in a portfolio which ranges from fun theme parks to bungy jumping and balloon rides. Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures, or CMRCA as it is usually shortened to, offers the chance of partaking in both caving and rock climbing. Real adrenalin junkies might find multi-day packages with kayaking, rafting or biking included a good choice.
CMRCA offers caving and rock climbing expeditions to Crazy Horse Buttress in the eastern Mae On area of Chiang Mai. Most of the CMRCA packages come with transportation from the Old City in a red songthaew taxi included, but prices are adjusted accordingly for those who wish to make the 36km trip with their own transport. Drinking water is included too while a small surcharge buys a delicious Thai lunch.
CMRCA operates out of an office on Ratchapakhinai Road in the southeast corner of the Old City. Adventure seekers buying excursions with transport included will depart from and arrive back at this office. The in-house shop sells a full range of brand-name adventure activity clothing and equipment. The company’s bouldering wall is at the back of the office.
ROCK CLIMBING AT CRAZY HORSE CLIFFS
CMRCA provides an assortment of options for rock climbing at Crazy Horse. The one-day intro gives half a day of theory and equipment familiarisation followed by an afternoon of basic rappelling and top-roping. Other packages include intermediate leader, multi-pitch climbing and self rescue. Packages come with insurance, basic equipment, transport, lunch and discounts at the CMRCA shop.
CAVING AT CRAZY HORSE CAVE
A one-day caving tour to Crazy Horse takes participants deep into the depths of Anxiety State Crisis Cave and wonderful sights not on the itineraries of standard Chiang Mai sightseeing excursions. The caving starts with a basic training session before a 40-meter abseil downwards. Guides follow permanent safety lines on an underworld odyssey taking in fantastic rock formations, stalagmites, stalactites, nocturnal insects and bats. Cavers get to enjoy the surreal experience of eating lunch underground. [Read more on Chiang Mai Caves]
THE CMRCA BOULDERING WALL
The CMRCA bouldering wall is a fun facility spread over 24 metres offering both climbing novices and those with years of experience a demanding facility to get practice. The routes on the wall are changed on a daily basis and incorporate features such as a campus board and finger boards to add to the challenge. The bouldering wall is at CMRCA’s Old City premises and opens every day between 10:00 and 20:00. Those planning on using the facility a few times will find multi-day passes offer excellent value for money.
*Note: Prices do change, we recommend checking for the latest updates.
• Cave Crazy Horse Adventure: 3,995 B
• Rock the Cave: N/A
• Bouldering Wall (Day Pass): Adult 250 B; Child 200 B