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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! Nancy Brown
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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! :)
Saemmul Song
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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.
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Mar 14, 2014
Depending on how long you have, I would go to China.

As for planning- it's pretty simple. Get a small bag that you can carry-on and pack only a rope/ draws, a couple changes of clothes. You can buy gear there, but it will be used/sketchy or really expensive. Buy a ticket to bangkok and from there you can book an overnight bus to Railay at almost any travel agency (you'll see alot). Overnight bus from Bangkok to Railay, and then a long-tail boat down the peninsula, 1st stop will be Tonsai. Tonsai and Railay are really just two sides of the same beach. You can walk between them when the tide is low.

I would lean heavily to consider Yangshuo instead. It's cheaper, more food/ rest day options and monsoon seasons are definitely a consideration. Yangshuo will have more climbing available when its wet. Plus its summer, which is a slow guiding season so most foreign and local guides will just be hanging out and looking for climbing partners. Buy a beer at the Rusty Bolt any night of the week and you'll leave with climbing plans for the next day.

Cat Ba island in Vietnam is pretty chill too if you want to hang out on an island and you're committed to doing deep water solo along with your sport climbing. If you get in touch with these people, they give you the scoop on how to dirtbag your way out there.
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