Zoolander is a considered one of the largest bouldering area in South East Asia, located on the top of Khoa Sun Kwang Mountain in Khon Kaen Zoo, 50 min drive from Khon Kaen City.
Rock structure isSandstone of great quality. There are hundreds of boulder with lines that provides diferent stiles of climbing from crimp, jug, slab, overhang to technical climbing. As in Jan 2021, we have a complete bouldering topo of 605 routes in 4 sectors available on 27crags. But there are so many more unclimbed boulders with great potential. If you’ll like to develop new lines , please let us know to make sure there is not a line there all ready
We have been working closely with the zoo director, and we are authorized to develop and climb boulders in the zoo. The zoo is open daily from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The only thing is that you are required to pay an entry fee THB 150. This fee includes other awesome amenities in the zoo area like clean restrooms, restaurants and shops, animals viewing, and access to the Water Park! So you can jump in the water after the climbing in tropical heat!
KKCC hosted the International Khon Kaen Bouldering Festival at Zoolander in 2019 and 2020. Zoolander has been visited and climbed by many local and international strong climbers. The grade is ranged from V0 -V11, with a potential of harder grade.
We have a complete bouldering topo of the 4 established sectors, 605 routes, at https://27crags.com/areas/zoolander
Profit from selling bouldering topo from 27crags will go to KKCC development fund.
Google Khon Kaen Zoo (coordinate 16.84507, 102.89714). It’s about 50 min drive north from KK city on Mitraphap road, then turn right into Kao Suan Kwang road. In fact, you can also take a train and get out at Kao Suan Kwang station, then take a Sam-Lor (tricycle) for 2 km to the zoo. But the zoo staff does not recommend Sam-Lor because they will try to rip you off! This is a sad thing about Thailand. The price of Sam-Lor to the zoo and back might get you a car rental from KK city. We also recommend you to have your own vehicle because the boulder road is far from the front entrance and up the hill. The loop road is 7.29 miles (11.73 km) long. It’s a long walk!
Let us know if you need transportation, crash pad or climbing shoes, we can help you with this.
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