Thailand: Railey Beach East – Romantic Climb
As it has been already mentioned, the Leam Phra Nang peninsula is known for its four beaches - Railey West Beach, Railey East Beach, Ao Phra Nang and Ton Sai.
High karst limestone cliffs loom above all of these beaches. They are famous all around the world among climbers for they have a large number of trails. This area is often hit by southeastern monsoons (in our summer). Thus, it is necessary to plan your trip there ahead.
You can get to the peninsula only by the-so called long tailed ship. This type of ship carry 12 people and until you don’t book entire ship, you have to wait for other travellers until they fill every seat. You can get on the peninsula from three ports. - Ao Nang (the ship will unload you on the Railey West, which looks better), Ao Nam Mao and from the Krabi city (the ship would unload you at the Raily East; the beach is shallow and the tide spreads kilometers from the shore so you have to struggle through the shallow water). The Railey West is more beautiful but the Railey East offers much more affordable and at the same time cozy accommodation.
There are 44 climb walls on the peninsula plus trails on nearby islands of Ao Nang Tower, Ko Poda, Ko Yawabun and Ko Chicken Island. Difficulty of the walls vary from 5a to 8c. There are enough places where you can borrow climbing equipment. Climb centers are located at the Railey West, Railey East and even at the Ton Sai beach. You can hire a guide and instructor - 800 Baths per person/day – equipment included (about 26 dollars). Should you have climbing shoues and don’t need an instructor you can rent the rest of equipment (2 persons) for 1000 Baths per day (approx. 33 dollars). Indeed, you may hire a guide for 600 Baths (ca. 19 dollars) when you rent equipment.
The most popular climbing walls are Muay Thai and One -Two - Three on east of the Railey East, the Pra - Nang beach area located on south of the same-named beach (No 13) and Ton Sai Wall and Roof on south of the Ton Sai beach (No 28). It is a high-quality orange rock with some stalactites on it. Advantage of the Muay Thai and One - Two – Three is they are in the shadow all day. The cliffs are divided into two parts, the bottom is very safe. The trails herea re 5 – 7b, often climbed. Beginners who haven’t climbed before like it most. This means these walls are extremely overcrowded and the best time you can visit it is after 4 p.m. The upper part of the cliff has an overhang so you can climb there even if it rains. The overhang is not recommended by climbing centers and it is even forbidden. A look at old loops in walls will only ensure you about this recommendation
The trails have belayers and rivets on every 1,5 meter (sometimes even loops that are firmly attached to the wall). Stands are made of loops and they are secured with three points – a combination of belayers, rivets and loops. Climbing there is pleasant and easy
So if you decide visit the north Railey East along the shore on heading to Ao Nam Mao you would most likely spot some lonely beaches under high cliffs. There you can undisturbed train bouldering.
Text/photo: Martina Brožková
(Map taken from the guide book: Schmitz, E., Changrua, W.: Rock Climbing Guidebook, 5th edition, 2009)
The Phu Hin Rong National Park is home to countless beautiful places. Among other things, the unique stone formations Lan Hin Taek and Lan Hin Pum. Many Thais come here for the unforgettable sunsets and exits of Phu Tubberk.
Ko Lanta island is an ideal place for peaceful rest, or to enjoy cool tropical atmosphere of southern Thailand. Half-empty beaches, bungalows, and small pensions scattered across coconut groves will enchant you. The same applies to sleepy bars, restaurants, and there are also great possibilities where to dive, or you can visit a vast national park in the mountainous middle of the island. It will take you mere three hours to get there from the Krabi airport.
Krabi province in south Thailand has been more and more popular. Ao Nang resort and Ko Phi Phi are its greatest attractions. They offer splendid sceneries around limestone cliffs, many great bars, restaurants, and nearby are beaches like Railay, Ko Poda, and Ko Hong which are among the most beautiful in all Thailand.
When I was arriving at the center of Krabi province I didn’t expect much. Guidebooks don’t mention it at all and it is rather an obligatory stop for many travelers while transporting to local islands or to nearby Ao Nang resort.
The capital of Thailand belongs to largest cities in southeast Asia as there live 8 million people. Cheap flight transportation makes it a natural place from where to start travels to the region including countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Malaysia. In my opinion, too bad than many travelers spend there a day or two and move on.
The night is setting upon the land, streets are going alive – with food. When I arrived at there, I was not hungry. But now I would eat just everything. Hundreds of variations of noodles and rice, various sea creatures, great grilled meat, lots of fruits and veggies. The Chinese Town in Bangkok chewed me and swallowed me.
Countless shrines, dozens narrow streets with beautiful old houses, luxurious hotels, museums, omnipresent food aromas, and the best coffee in Thailand. You will fall in love with Chiang Mai instantly. There are kind people, international atmosphere, and it is really clean in there.
When you say Chiang Mai people mostly think of Chinese lanterns, hundreds of them flying towards the full moon. I spend the better part of winter in this north Thai town. When I planned my journey there I didn’t hope for making it to see the festival. Eventually I made it. And it was the best experience of my life.
I had never been particularly interested in Thailand. Yet me and my friend decided to give it a chance so we travelled to the land of smiles. When we got out of the airport to Skyline ground subway, Thais gave us adviced where to get a ticket, for how and they always smiled at us.
Endless beaches with white coral sand, countless of Buddhist temples, breathtaking mountain vistas, many kinds of exotic life, and vivid life in the capital.
We have already mentioned the Phra Nang beach. It is the most beautiful beach (like popular Railey beaches) on cape Laem Phra Nang. The best thing about this beach is that there are no bungalows (only 2 exits from 5 star bungalows).
Ko Tao, a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand that is known as a diver’ paradise. When you arrive to the island, first things you will see are granite stones scattered around great part of the island, they basically create the island.
As in any sport, you can exercise muscles you need to strengthen in order to last longer on a tall wall. To improve your climbing abilities you need to exercise palm muscles and forehand muscles in order to improve your grip. Also, you need to strengthen stomach muscles to improve your postural stability. These principles will be elaborated on in another article. Lets see how you can strengthen your palm and forehand muscles.
To become better climber you need to train as much as at any other sport. You training must be regular and constantly improve you. Still, you have to feel challenged enough overcome yourself.
In last articles, we were getting fit for easier climbing. Lets see what is slacklining in today’s article.
In previous work we have gained sine basic idea of Bangkok and also of what makes it interesting for tourism. In today's episode we look at some of Bangkok's top attractions.
One night in Bangkok and world’s your oyster. The bars are temples but pearls ain’t free... – a 1980s popular song of Murray Head.
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