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8 rock climbing destinations for novices

By: Josh Lew on March 12, 2013, 5:22 p.m.
Rock climbing in Krabi, Thailand

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Krabi, Thailand

Thailand's south is a beach-lover's paradise, and Krabi is one of its most popular destinations. This seaside province in the Andaman Sea boasts stunning beaches and some of the best rock climbing in Southeast Asia. The unique limestone rock formations that sit near the sea draw experienced climbers from around the world. However, there are also plenty of routes for novice climbers. Krabi has some climbing schools that are low priced compared to those in Europe and the U.S. Once they master the basics, climbers can move on to moderately difficult rock formations or try free climbing over water. The best aspect of learning to climb in Krabi is that novice climbers can also go to the beach, trek in the jungle or enjoy some diving or kayaking after spending time on the rocks.