Tonsai, Thailand

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What to Do

Deep Sea Soloing

Deep Sea Soloing
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 7 years ago

This seems like a cool activity to do here, but the rub is you have to have at least 8 people or 5000 baht per boat. If you want to go, get a crew together first instead of waiting around to find out that your tour has been canceled.

Kayaking

Kayak Rentals from Tonsai
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 7 years ago
Kayak Rentals from Tonsai

Negotiating can be challenging because the vendors on Tonsai don't seem to appreciate it. The best we were able to get during low season (end of October) was 400 baht for a double (300 baht for a single) for full-day use that included a dry bag. Great way to watch sunset. If you're thinking of packing a lunch, don't bother. There are plenty of reasonably-priced boat food stands on Phra Nang Beach and plenty of restos on Railay West & East.

Where to Stay

West End

Green Valley Resort
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 7 years ago

Probably the best value on Tonsai (150 baht for a single & 300 for a double) but make sure to keep your receipt. It seems to be their MO to ask for it after you've packed your bags and then threaten to call the police if you don't pay up. It happened to us as well as our friends so beware.

What to Eat

Restaurants

Couple of Standouts on Tonsai
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago

Best mango sticky rice, see Boatman's. Definitely order the nutella oreo shake next to Mama's Chicken, and, of course, you gotta try Mama's chicken located on the east side on the first "main" road. Everything else is standard Thai fare and reasonably priced. Say hi to mama for us!

Getting Around

Boat

Boats to Ao Nang
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 7 years ago

The fastest way back to civilization is via Ao Nang (100 baht per person). Boats leave throughout the day when full. If you want to catch one for sure, wait on the west end of the beach at 8am. When you get to Ao Nang, there are plenty of travel companies that can arrange transportation anywhere in Thailand. From Ao Nang, it is a 50 baht truck ride to Krabi, about 30 minutes away.

Walking Path Connects Railay West and Tonsai
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 7 years ago

When the tide is low, you can walk over the rocks or along the jungle path behind the cliffs between Railay West and Tonsai Beach. If you're not feeling up for it, you can also charter a longtail for 50 baht per person. From Railay West, it's a quick 5-minute walk to Railay East.

General Advice

Useful Contacts

If You Need Help With Travel Arrangements Talk to Tin at Navy Tourist
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 7 years ago

Tin is the bomb, very helpful and friendly, in demeanor as well as his liberal use of discounts on Chang and Internet. If you need to book a joint ticket (van + bus), talk to Tin. For train travel, you may have to do some independent research as they don't specialize in that. Navy Tourist is located next door to Mama's Chicken, which you need to try.