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Thailand - Should I bother

GG
6/09/2005
12:35:48 PM
Work is sending me to Thailand (Bangkok) at the end of Sep. Is it worth heading south to climb, or will it be too wet (rainy season?????)...

kerroxapithecus
6/09/2005
1:07:38 PM
End of September is towards the end of the rainy season and should be good. It doesn't rain that much in the rainy season. It's just called that because that's just the name of their seasons (wet and dry) and they get more rain in the middle of the year and less at other times. It normally rains at the end of the day and it's not normally a sprinkle either and by no means every day. You should be fine to go climbing in Thailand anytime of the year. The humidity will affect you more than rain. Climbing with sweaty palms is hard.

Have fun!

brat
6/09/2005
2:34:19 PM
Bloody hell are you nuts, of course go there, end of september is like feb/march in Qld or in Victoria like ........................................................mmmmmmmmm never mind, stay in Bangkok!

Rich
6/09/2005
2:38:39 PM
On 6/09/2005 GG wrote:
>Work is sending me to Thailand (Bangkok) at the end of Sep. Is it worth
>heading south to climb, or will it be too wet (rainy season?????)...

yes u should bother.. stop bein silly ;-)

Eduardo Slabofvic
6/09/2005
2:45:22 PM
It's really steep, so you can usually find somthing to do even when it's raining. The crowd factor will be less at that time as well.
steviez
6/09/2005
3:14:40 PM
Stuff the weather(its not bad enough to care about) .Railey (pronounced Ray lie) must be one of the most beautifull climbing spots in the world, go there. Get a plane, boat, bus or whatever to Krabbi, this is the area to be in and is where Railey is, its only a short boat ride from Krabbi or Au Nang. Get to know some of the local climbers and you will have a ball and watch out for a climber named george from Cliffs man climbing school.

billk
6/09/2005
3:27:46 PM
If the southwestern monsoon is really coming in (September is usually the very wettest time in S/W Thailand from what I've heard) you could hop on a bus over to the east coast, where the weather should be much better. Unfortunately there's no climbing on the east coast but it would probably be a lot more relaxing than staying in Bangkok.

brat
6/09/2005
4:17:33 PM
On 6/09/2005 steviez wrote:
>Stuff the weather(its not bad enough to care about) .Railey (pronounced
>Ray lie) must be one of the most beautifull climbing spots in the world,
>go there. Get a plane, boat, bus or whatever to Krabbi, this is the area
>to be in and is where Railey is, its only a short boat ride from Krabbi
>or Au Nang. Get to know some of the local climbers and you will have a
>ball and watch out for a climber named george from Cliffs man climbing
>school.

You'll find it spelt Railey or Railay, Ao nang is the shorter/cheaper Longtail (local water taxi) ride, but there's an airport in Krabi, so it may be easier to get there from Krabi
There's also an airport in Phuket, a cab/bus ride to the other side of the island and the trip across the bay is great, then jump into a longtail at either Ao Nang or Ton Sai or continue through to Krabi.

Ao Nang is an option for accom and other activities but if you're hard core you may want to stay at Ton Sai or Railay where the climbing is at!

If you want some easier grades (and more of them) try Ko Phi Phi (an island and can be dearer than Railay)

In either place shop around for accom/clothes/food away from the obvious tourist areas. You can negotiate the price on everything except food!

OR
You can head up to Chiang Mai, there's granite climbing aplenty and my favourite place in the world, The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, do a 3 day home stay and live there and get your amateur Mahout Licence, mine's been very handy! :o)

White Rabbit
7/09/2005
1:52:51 PM
It is so worth heading down south to go climbing!
I had a few friends climbing in Ton Sai/Railey last year during September and October. They said they got a heap of climbing in even though it did rain almost every day. They got up at like 6am and climbed until it rained usually in the afternoon (like 2pmish).
It's still cheap there and even better there's no lines for any of the climbs that time of year!

you'd be crazy not to go!

Val

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