Tonsai Beach, Ao Nanag
Located on the mainland next to the little Tonsai resort, beautiful Tonsai Beach is a small sandy bay at the foot of steep tree-covered cliffs.
The best way to access it is by longtail boat from Ao Nang Pier costing 100 baht (about US$3). At low tide it is possible to walk to Tonsai Beach from neighbouring Railay Beach in about 10 minutes. However, the rocky path is treacherous at high tide. You can also access the beach by trekking through the forest - allow about 45 minutes.
Once a little-known haunt for backpackers, it still has something of a laidback hippie vibe. The beach is lined with beach bars for chilling out with a beer and listening to music or grabbing a bite to eat.
Just two minutes from the beach is Tonsai Bay Resort, a secluded new development which has put the beach on the map for tourists. It has a restaurant on the beach offering Thai and international cuisine.
The fine sand has some rocky areas and the cliffs are world renowned for rock climbing. Schools offer day climbs with a guide and equipment for around 1000 baht or you can sign up for a 5-day assault course if you’re feeling brave. The rock formations and stalagmites have different levels of difficulty.
Kayak rentals from Tonsai Beach offer the chance to visit nearby Podah island, Phra Nang Cave (accessed via bamboo ladders) and other beaches in this scenic bay. You can also snorkel and dive as there is plenty of marine life.
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