Carl Rene Pelletier wrote:
Andrew, my wife and I went to Thailand a couple of years ago. We climbed in Railay for about a week and then went up north to Chiang Mai and climbed there too. We actually liked the climbing in Chiang Mai quite a bit. For us....Railay was a bit of a scene and we ended up climbing in the early morning and early evening as it was so hot and slippery between 9am and 4pm while we were there. I felt like I was constantly being hustled down there. The routes and features were amazing in Rialay, but in the end the quiet feel of Chiang Mai trumped the Rialay scene. We hooked up with CMRCA (Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures - run by a guy from SLC) and they helped us with a hotel, transportation and even made incredible recommendations on cooking classes and night life when we weren't climbing. No beaches in Chiang Mai, the routes are not as spectacular as down in Railay, but you have this true rural Thailand feel. We took a moped ride up into the countryside on an off day that was incredible. The crag is low key, fun and well bolted. There are even climbs inside of a cave (The Bat Cave) where you climb by headlamp! CMRCA also recommended Vietnam climbing.