18.08.2012 - 21.08.2012
As I traveled to Railey, the center of rock-climbing in Thailand, it was pissing it down. Yes, I’m going to use the British expression on this one because it couldn’t be better put. Well, I guess that’s what I get for visiting Thailand during monsoon season! It was raining so hard that no boats were going out from Ao Nang. Boats were leaving from the other side of the peninsula, as no roads can go directly to Railey. So I found the one boat who was willing to take people, and by people I mean me, because no one else was crazy enough to make the trip out on a boat on the open ocean in a thunderstorm :p So I arrived in Railey, met some random travelers who were going to Thon Sai, the beach right next to Railey that I had been recommended to stay. Apparently it’s a little more low-key than Railey and has more of a fun backpacking and rock-climbing culture because it lacks the larger resorts that Railey has.
So off we went walking to Thon Sai, which was apparently just around the corner. Unfortunately, we had to go through the woods and up a mountain to get there. Carrying all of my luggage (in flip-flops mind you), I began the slip-and-slide trek up the mountain, dodging live electrical wires that swung down from branches as the sky opened up and the rain started again and darkness fell. Sounds like an ideal situation, right? Haha—talk about my personal hell! After 30 minutes of that, I finally arrived at Ton Sai, and checked into a bungalow to stay in.
The first day at Tonsai, I rented a kayak with another girl, and we explored the area around Railey and Tonsai. It was absolutely gorgeous kayaking!
We were able to spot some climbers hundreds of meters high, who were doing a multi-pitch climb. It was insane that they climbed from level to level to reach all the way up to the length of multiple football fields piled on top of each other.
The following day, I met some guys from Idaho and took my own stab at rockclimbing.
I soon realized what they had known for a while, as evidenced by their trip, staying a month in Tonsai rockclimbing: it’s addicting. Its really an addicting sport—I hadn’t sweat that much since the last time I played a three-set match in tennis. It’s such a mentally and physically challenging sport, which makes the view at the top that much sweeter…