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Asia Outdoors on Cat Ba in Ha Long Bay.
Thailand is a bit of a tufa paradise. Tonsai in Krabi is where most go. Also check out Koh Lao Liang which is a small island about a day's travel from Tonsai. Both are good at your grade range.
I went around Christmas, which is peak season, hot during the day, but bearable, not too much rain. You can always find shady rock if you need to or just siesta if its really hot. Brilliant DWS, like jumping into a bath.
Not climbed elsewhere in SE Asia, but I hear Vietnam has lots to offer.
thakek in laos. greenclimbershome.com .beautiful place and some great super steep climbing, at the lower grades, you will not beleive the territory you allowed to go through at 6b.also if you havent been to south east asia you will find find laos infintely more chilled out and lovely than thailand, especially that ruined paradise tonsai.
theres also an awsome climbing camp north of bangkok, really easy to reach a pleasant train ride, right in the jungle with great climbing and a wild zipline appraoch to the crag. well worth checking out.Nam Pha Pa Yai Camp it is called and is worth visiting for the food alone.
> ... if you havent been to south east asia you will find find laos infintely more chilled out and lovely than thailand, especially that ruined paradise tonsai.
I agree Tonsai is pretty spoilt nowadays but it's be a shame to miss out on some of the amazing climbing in both Tonsai and Railay, especially at the grades the OP mentions! The multi-pitch 7a-7b+ sport routes on the Thaiwand, Monitor, Cat Wall etc have to be some of the best in the world.
That's not even mentioning Koh Yao Noi, which is probably "where it's at" in the Thai climbing scene right now....totally beautiful, unspoilt and amazing climbing.
Vietman DWS, incredible! We spend 9 days living on a boat in the bay, organised through asia outdoors. Also went to Thailand and China but Vietnam was my favourite for climbing by miles.
If you just want to stay in Tonsai and climb then that'd work, but going in summer rules out Koh Lao Liang (a must do!). It is also more difficult to arrange DWS groups in summer. Koh Yao is also easier in high season as the dirt road to the Paradise resort is dry (much easier on a scooter!) and there are more frequent boats going out to Grateful wall. These days, there is much more to the climbing in the Krabi area than Tonsai and Railay...
If you are anywhere near Zhejiang province while you are in China and want to check out the local climbing get in touch. I live in Fuyang, a "small" city here, with some climbing within an hour of here....
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