Climbing in Northern Vietnam: How we got sick on Christmas day

Food poisoning is something our mothers always warn us about before we set off on travels outside the safety of the developed world, but it’s something most of us never seriously worry about when there’s so much yummy exotic grub to try at every street corner. But you certainly wish you were a bit more cautious when you (or your other half) are puking your guts out on Christmas day in a hotel on a Vietnamese island…especially when you cherished the dream of going for an outdoor climb that day and enjoying the local countryside!

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Thailand: Climbing in Chiang Mai

After a few days of eating everything Thailand has to offer and accumulating some substantial podge around our mid areas, we finally made it to the climbing area in Chiang Mai.

Situated in the North of the country, Chiang Mai has unfortunately become far more touristy than when I last visited Thailand a decade ago. The climbing has also now been discovered by more than just a handful of foreigners, but it is still nowhere near as popular as some of the more well known destinations, such as Krabi in the South of the country.

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Climbing for beginners: How to start

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So you have been thinking for a while about giving this climbing thing a go, and you’ve even talked your friend/colleague/significant other into trying it with you, but you just don’t know where to start and what to expect? Then this post is for you.

Going climbing for the first time can be quite daunting, especially if you decide to go on your own. Just like any other sport, being a beginner among experienced athletes takes a little bit of courage. But fear not – it isn’t hard to learn the basics, and if you go on a group induction you will not be the only beginner. Safety in numbers always helps!

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