Cliff climbing at Ao Railay beach banned

National park officials have banned cliff climbing at Railay beach in Krabi province after three tourists fell off the cliff and were seriously injured in a month.

Hat Noppharat Thara � Mu Ko Phi Phi national park officials have now put up signs warning of cliff climbing on risky spots, and seeking cooperation from tourists to comply with strictly.

They said over a thousand of tourists hold activities a day on various locations on the beach. Such activities included cliff climbing.

Park officials said tourists organised cliff climbing activities with no experienced climbers giving instructions, thus leading to frequent accidents.

They said most accidents happened at unsafe and risky spots.

Many tour companies in Krabi have organised group tours to Ao Railay with cliff climbing activities being part of the tour packages. Cliff climbing is included in the tour packages because it is becoming a favourite and popular adventurous tour at Ao Railay beach. Some tour companies also said on their websites that climbers conquering the cliff will not only get excitement and adventure, they will also have the rare chance to view the panaroma scenery of the bay from their personal viewpoints on the cliff.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)