Railay Tonsai Beach


After some weeks on Koh Lanta Anna wanted to go to Railay Tonsai Beach. I joined her.

Railey Tonsai Beach

Tonsai Railay, Basejumper

Tonsai Railay, Basejumper

We drove by ferry from Koh Lanta to Railay Tonsai Beach. Two hours after departure, we already saw the little beach surrounded by high rocks. At Railay Beach we could see on tourist next to each other lying in the sun, but Tonsai Beach was totally different. Railay Tonsai Beach daytime: at lot of ropes I different heights, Poi Player, Jongleurs and guitar player. Almost every rock around the beach was occupied by climbers, who tried to climb the impressive rock with their impressive bodies.

Tonsai Railay, Diving boat

Tonsai Railay, Diving boat

At sunset Base jumpers jumped on the beach.

Nobody gets bored in Railay Tonsai Beach. Beneath every kind of climbing, you could rent a boat, go diving or go on a jungle track.
Since this year, Tonsai has its own diving school, which offers Daytrips to the local, very gorgeous, dive sites.
At nice times -8.30 am – the very wide diving “pirate ship” starts to the numerous dive sites around Railay. Most of dive spots could be reached within 40 minutes.

Railay Tonsai Beach – The ATM

The “journey” to the next ATM is fabulous. The next ATM is at Railay Beach. You can reach the beach in two ways: Climbing the rocks next to the water (stbile shoes are a good idea) or you use the jungle path through the valley between Tonsai and Railay beach. The jungle path guides you to the Diamond Cave, which can be visited.

Tonsai Railay

Tonsai Railay

Der Strand erwacht nach Sonnenuntergang  zum Leben. Neben zahlreichen Feuerkünstlern aller Art, spielen fantastische Musiker, die sich meist in einer Jamsession zusammenfinden. Ab und zu wird ein Ring im Sand eingegraben und ein Thaiboxwettkampf gezeigt.

Railay Tonsai Beach – Accomodation and the best coffee

It`s not easy to get a accommodation at the end of January. Accommodations are very limited. I recommend to arrive at Tonsai as early as possible to get one. You should keep in mind as well, that Tonsai is not connected to the power, that means that from 6 pm until 6 am the power generators are running. Even though you hear the sound almost everywhere, try to get a bungalow not directly next to a generator.
You can get the best coffee of the island in “Lexs” Bar “Sabei Sabei”. He has real coffee beans which he grinds especially for you.
You can get the best food in the „food street“ on the Eastern end of the beach.

Tonsai Railay

Tonsai Railay

A summary of Tonsai in one sentence: I will leave Tonsai tomorrow…maybe

Most of the people spent a lot more time here, than they planned.
Before you go to Railay Tonsai Beach you should buy: Cigarettes, Sun crème, Anti-Mosquito Spray and Samsong. These things are quiet expensive on the island.
You should plan to stop in Railey Tonsai Beach and you should be aware that you will spend are lot more time there than you thought before!