Rock climbing in Krabi

Trip Start Mar 10, 2007
Trip End Jan 01, 2007

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Arrived the first night in Krabi town too late to get to the beaches, so found a guest house, went to the night market then slept. Krabi town strongly appealed to me, possibly because of the fact it has a very good and cheap day and night market for food, my single priority in life. The riverfront is very pretty and your only a boat ride away from several beaches and islands.
      Got on a boat to Railay island the next morning, did the usual admin stuff, met a guy named Gareth who's from ascot and ended up sharing a room with him, which was nice. Then went to try and find the lagoon that i had been told about. I was expecting it to be a nasty walk but my god i wasn't expecting this. Ice rink slippery paths of a very very steep incline (they have ropes for you to hold onto, and you need them!) go first up to a certain point, then even steeper paths go back downwards towards the lagoon. These paths get worse and turn into vertical drops, where the only real way down is to practically abseil down. The last descent is truly a bitch, thank god for max and Tracey's tip that there is a small hole on the right side that makes this final descent a lot easier, otherwise i could n't have got down at all.
       Completely filthy, we did make it down, and it was worth it. in front of us a was a large circular turquoise (unfortunately not very clear) water lagoon, with 30m limestone walls enclosing it on all sides. Amazing. had a quick swim in here then got out and re clothed just in time to see a snake drop into the water where we'd just left. Bloody lucky there.
       Getting back up was a lot less of a struggle, went back to the hotel, sorted out my climbing for the next day, then spent the evening relaxing with a few others I'd met in a few of the bars on the beach.
       Krabi is beautiful (thanks for the tip Tom), limestone mountains protruding from the water for hundreds of feet all around you, with silken sandy beaches and pristine clear turquoise waters. Plus with the additions of snorkeling, rock climbing and diving available, it would be easy to spent a while here too.
         Rock climbing was amazing, though knackering, and by about 11am i was absolutely shattered. The best thing about it was turning round after finishing the climb to a fantastic view of the bay in full glory 30m above the ground. Thank god i didn't opt for the full day climb like i was going to, I'd have literally died from exhaustion.
         Staggered back to the guest house, showered and then collapsed on the bed for a while. Treated myself to a som tam for lunch with a 'traditional Thai shaved ice' for dessert. Oh my god, this was amazing; basically it is shaved ice covered with several different flavoured syrups (basically flavoured sugar), sweetened condensed milk, various jelly bean like sweets and dried fruits. I could eat 100 of these no problem, though i don't think i could afford to.
        Eventually managed to drag my dying body to the Phra Nang beach, avoided the monkeys stealing food there, then collapsed on the sand for about 3 hours, watched the sun attempt to set behind the clouds, returned to my guest house, watched transformers, then slept. Departed the next day for Hat Yai and then Malaysia
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