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Trad is Rad

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo California
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 30, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
Where is the best place to go hang out for a month?......preferably a country where the american dollar still has the local currency by the balls.
Was thinking Nepal, Thailand, anywhere really......climbing also preferred.
TLP

climber
Aug 30, 2014 - 03:57pm PT
Indonesia's currency nuts are still in the pliers. Great country to visit. There is some very very good climbing, but not all that easily accessible, and it is not found on the usual tourist/traveler destinations like Bali (volcanic rock there is awful crumbly). If you do go to Bali, get AWAY from the southern end of the island right away and don't go back until flight time, or one overnight before. It's more costly and not fun unless you just want to go to a bar with deafening music. The giant cities of Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, like that, are the same grubby and semi-unsafe thing as big cities throughout the tropics (and elsewhere, for that matter). But once you get away from them, it's excellent there. Lots of great places and scenery, food, whatnot.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 30, 2014 - 09:06pm PT
Vietnam
Andrew Barnes

Ice climber
Albany, NY
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:25am PT
check out Jim Donini's recommendation:
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/La-Pyramide-Patagonias-Devils-Tower-on-steroids/t12273n.html
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Aug 31, 2014 - 01:00am PT
Check out nomadicmatt.com

Wife and I went to Cambodia earlier this year. Beautiful, cheap and friendly. No climbing, though. Too many minefields. :(

Me and Lucky, Betelnut Tour of Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, Cam...
Me and Lucky, Betelnut Tour of Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, Cambodia
Credit: looks easy from here
Credit: looks easy from here
The Bayon, Angkor Thom, 1/14/14
The Bayon, Angkor Thom, 1/14/14
Credit: looks easy from here

moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Aug 31, 2014 - 01:34am PT
Wife and I went to Cambodia earlier this year. Beautiful, cheap and friendly. No climbing, though. Too many minefields.

Best post EVER!!!

Those friendly minefields. They just warn you (friendly) not to climb!

Sorry!

Moose
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Aug 31, 2014 - 02:13am PT
And your whole time gallivanting around the Eastern Bloc you never came across any? Boooooring!

Anyways, I came closer to blowing myself up in a minefield in Israel than I did in Cambodia (true story-that was a very careful retracing of steps).

@Trad is Rad, if you don't mind trading minefields for pirates the Philippines are also beautiful, friendly and cheap.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Aug 31, 2014 - 02:32am PT
LEFH, no mine accidents in Poland for a number of years.

Some 50+ years ago you could come across a bomb, or a missile. Mines? Not really.

I am not saying our war was better than somewhere else, just a fact about some objective danger.

I am not drawn to countries involved in military activities. The world is big enough to avoid them and still keep me busy exploring.

Moose
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Aug 31, 2014 - 04:06am PT
Take a look here at currency exchange rate trends. I like to look at the 10-year trends to see whether or not the dollar is strong or weak in the current market compared to the past history.
http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/

Mexico always has a good bang for the buck. The people are wonderful, the food is outstanding, and you don't have to travel very far. The Riveria Maya south of Cancun is spectacular. Try something new, like scuba diving.

Riviera Maya
The Mayan ruins at Tulum on the Riviera Maya
The Mayan ruins at Tulum on the Riviera Maya
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Aug 31, 2014 - 04:12am PT
I went running in the jungle in Cambodia. Didn't see any mines. Ditto Lao, though I didn't make it up to Plain of Jars.

Imma go with Burma (Myanmar), though not sure you can get a visa that long.

Notice how many posts ^^^ are for SEA?
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Aug 31, 2014 - 04:25am PT
Notice how many posts ^^^ are for SEA?

I love SEA myself, but the 15-hour flight from LA to Bangkok is a pain in the ass compared with the 2-hour, $200 flight to Cancun.
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Aug 31, 2014 - 05:01am PT
Istanbul, Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and Cappadocia.

The history, dating back 3,500 years, is great. Troy is open to the public. The Library at Ephesus is cool; so is an early form of outdoor advertising, a carved ad in the stone street at the main gate pointing the way to the best whore house, dating back 2,500 years.

The underground cities at Cappadocia could accommodate up to 20,000 people and had all the usual amenities such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels, needed to protect 8th century Christians.

The food is wonderful. The people are gracious and ease of life fluid. The Mediterranean is the same color as the Caribbean.

Turkey is mostly Muslim, but its constitution forbids the display of religion in public. The Western half of the country is in turmoil but the interesting stuff to see and do in along the Mediterranean and in the Eastern half of the country.

Geyikbayiri, Turkey
Geyikbayiri, Turkey
Credit: Roger Breedlove

“Turkey is a little more off the radar,” says Honnold. “Geyikbayiri is off the hook. There’s beaches for rest days, deep-water soloing, a bunch of different climbing areas. It’s a pretty nice vacation spot.” The main crag is a mile-long shelf of limestone with some 600 diverse routes, ranging from beginner routes with big holds to faces riddled with tiny crimpers and long sweeping roofs. In the evening, climbers hit the beach and congregate at the Climber’s Garden, a guide service and collection of bungalows mere minutes from the crag, to trade beta over raki, the Turkish libation of choice.

While Turkey is one of the last places I visited in my travels overseas, I tell people it should be the first. It is at the edge of the Western world, and frames the beginning of Western civilization.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Aug 31, 2014 - 07:31am PT
^^^ Agree
Turkey is a cool place, the food is wonderful
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Aug 31, 2014 - 09:46am PT
Using Sierra Ledge Rat's currency converter makes Argentina look like a real bargain compared to when we were there in 2010. http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=ARS&view=10Y

Not quite Europe, but far better than 3rd world schist-holes.

We really enjoyed the Bariloche area and its mountain fun.

Here's the trip report link. http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Patagonia-Treking-becomes-a-Fritz-Adventure-Bariloche-Argentina/t10612n.html

Credit: Fritz


Studly

Trad climber
WA
Aug 31, 2014 - 02:40pm PT
I second Vietnam. it
Credit: Studly
s cheap and casual, and the bus for foreigners cheap and comfortable and clean. Go to Dalat and hang out, its a little paradise in the mountains with a abundant supply of wonderful fruit and vegetables. Live like a king for a while.
Coming into Dalat city
Coming into Dalat city
Credit: Studly
Trad is Rad

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo California
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:45am PT
Tons of Options! This is great, keep em coming.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Sep 1, 2014 - 10:56am PT
My friends go Croatia a lot. Still inexpensive and some good climbing. Planing to check it out next year.

Moose
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Sep 1, 2014 - 11:14am PT
You could try Laos near Van Vieng or Luang Prabang
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