|By Nancy Brown |
Dec 14, 2013
I want to climb for a few weeks in Thailand but quite honestly don't know how to even begin to plan for a trip like this. Anyone out there have any tips for travel, lodging, etc? Thanks!
|By Saemmul Song |
Feb 16, 2014
Spending two weeks in Thailand myself, this April!
June-August, typical summer months are low season because it's very rainy. High season ends in April so you might want to go before then.
I just went with a package from Andaman Sky, but I hear you can find cheap bungalows along the way, and there are plenty of climbing shops that rent gear and offer courses.
I don't know much myself, I'm just throwing myself out there and see what I'll get. This is my first time traveling.
If you're going to be in Railay April 10 to 19, send me a message maybe we can meet up! :)
|By BrianWS |
Feb 16, 2014
If you're going in Summer, get ready to sweat yer brains out. I've been there in the winter, and it was ~85 degrees on a cool day. You might have luck in the shade if the humidity isn't bad, but the closest climbing to the water (Dum's Kitchen etc.)is in the sun for much of the day. Lots of steep climbs will stay dry, but the rainy season will probably limit your selection of climbing partners (if you;re travelling alone).
Bungalows on Railay (when I was there, at least) average around 3-400 baht per night (around 15$ bucks or so). You can find ones for less, but they have communal, rather than private, commodes. Not fun considering the huge amount of travelers who get the shits/pukes.
Cheapest option, with the most travel: Fly into Bangkok. From there, take another flight to Trang (~2hrs) and bus it to Ao Nang (3hrs). Book a scooter ride to the piers and hop a boat to Railay.
If you can spare a few bucks, fly direct from Bangkok to Krabi. It'll cut out lots of travel time and potential for getting lost/fleeced.
Provided the heat isn;t an issue, I'd recommend going to China instead. The climbing in Yangshuo is comparable to Railay (as is the weather), but there are two benefits over thailand: 1) there is guaranteed to be a very large pool of other climbers there for sure, both foreign and Chinese, and 2)there are a few crags that are 100% sheltered from both sun and storms.