Krabi’s, not just for eating
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on June 6, 2011
We left Ko Lanta a couple of days back, spent a night in Krabi (dead) and we’ve arrived in Ao Nang Beach, 20 odd km from the town of Krabi.
Ko Lanta was cool though out of season it’s pretty dead and the weather was against us – whilst we expected rain (with it being monsoon!) this is usually for an hour a day only it seemed to be continuously raining whilst there so decided to make tracks to the climbing mecca of Krabi.
However, we had a great stay with Tam and his ‘three’ mums at the Long Beach Chalet – we’d love to go back at some stage.
Ao Nang Beach is a typically tourist resort though is the launch pad for the various limestone cliffs that cover the surrounding area, a climbers paradise – though unfortunately it’s not grit which is my favourite, though I ain’t complaining! The three areas we’re looking at are East/West Railay and Ao Ton Sai, all are a 20 minute Long Tail Boat ride with you wading ashore on arrival as there’s no roads whatsoever to or on this particular peninsula, limestone cliffs on one, ocean on t’other!
It’s predominantly sport climbing which means the climbs are bolted (very typical throughout Europe) and they use the French grading system with climbs starting at grade 5 and above. Reading various blogs, there’s something like 700 climbs plus – not including Deep Water Soloing (DWS) which is essentially climbing over water minus ropes, the water will break your fall though looking on You Tube, theres some nuts people out there – see attached rock porn!
This video is awesome, it gets better and better, more so from 7 minutes in…