Tonsai Beach is situated on Railay Peninsula. It is famous for its rock climbing opportunities and wide range of cheap hotels due to these things it has become popular among backpackers and rock climbers.
In comparison with Railay West and Phra Nang beaches Tonsai is stony and shallow, but this happens only during approximately 10 days of each Moon period. The rest of time it is good enough for swimming.
How to get to Tonsai.
Most of the visitors come to Tonsai by longtail boats from Ao Nang. The boats transfer only 8 passengers a time. At high season it's not a problem to find 8 people and start off quickly. At low season you will have to wait for other passengers and pay only 100 baht for yourself or otherwise be ready to pay 800 baht and the boatman will start at once no longer waiting for anybody. It takes 8 - 10 minutes from Ao Nang to get there.
You can also take a boat from Railay West or Railay East or walk on foot from Railay west Beach. Two beaches are separated by a 200 m. high cliff but there are 2 walking paths giving a chance to pass the cliff:
- the 1st path - is a path along the Seaside, it takes some effort to overcome the rocky ledges on your way, but it's worth it. It takes 20 minutes to get there.
- the 2nd path(not so common) - is a long way in the Jungle in the center of the Peninsula. This way is twice longer tan the 1st one but it's quite interesting to walk. First you`ll walk by bamboo bungalows Tonsai, then you`ll overcome the pass in tropical jungle that separates Railay West and Tonsai: then go along Railay Cabana hotel and Diamond Cave and you`ll come to the street joining Railay East and Railay west.
Neither of these paths can be walked in the dark(unless you will take a torch with you) or after the rain.
One more variant is to rent a Kayak and get there in 10 minutes by the Sea.