Located between Ao Nang and Railey Beach is a hidden gem of an island called Ton Sai Beach. Known for its laid back hippie vibe, Ton Sai Beach is a refreshing getaway from the tourists that frequent the surrounding area of Krabi.
So what exactly sets Ton Sai apart from its neighboring islands? Is it the inviting chill out beach bars where you can watch the sunset with a cold bottle of beer? Or is it the many rock cliffs that surround you? Perhaps it’s the seemingly endless gentle ocean breeze that blows by you as you look out the horizon.
Although I can never pinpoint what it is exactly that makes Ton Sai so special, my advice? Don’t take my word for it. Instead, go see it for yourself.
- 1 How to Get to Ton Sai Beach
- 2 What to Expect from Ton Sai Beach
- 3 What To Do in Ton Sai Beach
- 4 Walk around and Explore Ton Sai Beach
- 5 Where to Stay in Ton Sai Beach
How to Get to Ton Sai Beach
If you are arriving from the Krabi bus station, the easiest way to reach Ton Sai is to get a tuk-tuk or taxi to Ao Nang Pier. Alternatively, if you’re coming from the airport, there is a 45-minute shuttle ride for about 150 Baht.
From Ao Nang Pier, you can charter a longtail boat or wait for it to fill up. Once the boat has around 10-12 people, it will leave. Ticket prices are around 100 Baht a person the last time we checked. (Update: Click here to check ticket prices!).
What to Expect from Ton Sai Beach
• Compared to its neighboring islands, the value for accommodation at Ton Sai is better.
• There are lots of good and cheap street food!
• There are lots of really…really cool beach bars!
• Railey Beach is only a short 10 minute walk- however, when it’s high tide, the path going there can be dangerous and rocky. Alternatively, you can trek through the forest which takes about 45 minutes.
What To Do in Ton Sai Beach
Go Rock Climbing in Ton Sai Beach
Similar to Railey Beach, the climbing in Ton Sai is world renowned. Climbers flock here and tend to stay for longer as the accommodation tend to be cheaper. There are various schools and companies where you can do a day climb with for around 800-1000 Baht.
If you are really serious about your climbing, they also have 5 day assault courses which you can take part of. Climb the many rock formations and stalagmites which have different levels of difficulty. For those that are more experienced, you can simply rent gear from the shops and they will give you all the equipment that you need, along with a map on which rocks to climb.
Rent a Kayak and Paddle Around Ton Sai Beach
On a good day, rent a kayak and paddle out to the many points of interest surrounding Ton Sai Beach. You can kayak to Railay Beach, Podah Island, or even to Phanang Cave. Enjoy the sunshine and the serenity of going at your own pace as you explore the open sea. Trust me, the paddle out is VERY scenic!
Go Diving in Ton Sai Beach : Explore the Underwater World
For those that are keen to explore the marine life around Ton Sai Beach, there are a few dive operators in Railey Beach, located just 10 minutes away. Here, you will be able to see a vibrant marine life with lots of colorful coral and fish.
Related: Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand
Chill out in the Many Beach Bars
Although the beach in Ton Sai isn’t as pretty as Ao Nang or Railey, the vibe of the place makes up for it. Dotted along the shoreline are chilled out beach bars where you can listen to some reggae music, chill out with either a beer, a fresh coconut, fruit juice, heck, even a cocktail! The vibe of the place is infectious, the music is good, and the people are awesome!
Ton Sai Beach Island Hopping
In order to fully see your surroundings, hire a long tail boat or join one of the many island hopping tours available. The three most common boat trips around the area is a trip to the 4 islands which are: Chicken Island, Phanang Cave, Tub Island, and Podah Island.
Alternatively, you can also visit the Hong Group Island Tour which brings you around 5 islands for snorkeling. The last is a trip to Phi Phi island via speedboat. Here, you can see the various tourist attractions around the area including the famous Maya Bay.
Walk around and Explore Ton Sai Beach
During good conditions (low tide), you can either take a 30 minute walk towards Phra Nang Shirne or Phra Nang Beach. You can also kayak towards this place if you want to. What’s there to see? Interesting enough..a lot of penises. I kid you not. This place is actually frequented by Thai women in order to increase their fertility which is why you can see a shrine with lots of wooden penises.
Wooden penises aside, you can also visit a lagoon located down a path on the way to Phra Nang Beach. This place is worth visiting when it’s high tide as you have a perfectly good dipping pool to cool off. By the very end of Phra Nang Beach is a cave where you will find four bamboo ladders.
As soon as you climb this, you will be rewarded with a stunning viewpoint overlooking Railey and Ton Sai.
Where to Stay in Ton Sai Beach
You can either decide to stay in the main island of Koh Phi Phi then just go to Ton Sai Beach for the day. If you choose to stay in Phi Phi, we recommend checking our article on Best Places to Stay in Koh Phi Phi. Alternatively, if you want to stay in Ton Sai itself, the accommodation options are very basic and limited. The adjacent beach next to Ton Sai, Railay has more accommodation options to choose from.
There you have it folks! Hopefully, this guide can provide you with a better idea on how to plan a trip to Ton Sai Beach. Go see it for yourself and you will surely fall in love with its charming little island.