Hi guys, We are in Hanoi right now and think of going to Cat Ba island (close to Halong Bay) and/or Mai Chau for rock climbing.
For Mai Chau I have not been able to find any Topos and concerning the island I am not sure where to stay as it looks very touristic and the city of Cat Ba looks quite ugly. Can anybody recommend a kind of a laid back climbing hostel or guesthouse there?
there are no climbing specific accoms the way there are in other places (for easily meeting people), aside from Mr. Zoom hostel in Cat Ba, run by Cat Ba Climbing.. but it isn't the kind of space to meet people, more like a normal hotel or guesthouse. However, you can go downstairs to their office for beta on the area and to meet their staff or rent gear. They handle Hidden Valley/The Farm climbing area. Also visit Asia Outdoors for access to other areas such as Butterfly Valley, rent gear (more expensive than CBC), get info, etc. Staff at both places climb on their off days. You can also post on their board or on the Cat Ba Facebook group to find partners.