As hotels in Railay become ever more expensive, the adjacent beach of Ton Sai is looking increasingly more appealing for the budget traveller, though the recent price hike at this resort means things may soon be changing here as well.
Nonetheless, Tonsai Bay Resort, opened in late 2005, still offers a viable, good-quality alternative for those who have been priced out of Railay. Its concrete bungalows are currently the best on offer on this beach, and located less than a hundred metres away from the sand, in the shadow of an impressive cliff. This is a real bonus, as most accommodation in Ton Sai is located up on the hillside, often a lengthy walk from the shore.
In terms of location, Tonsai Bay Resort is also ideal for those who may have preferred to stay in Railay itself. At the southern tip of the beach, it is actually closer to Railay West (Sunset) Beach than many parts of the much uglier East Railay (see map below for a visual). You can simply scramble over the rocks that separate the two beaches (easier at low tide), or at high tide, take a longtail boat (40 baht per person) – a small price to pay considering you will be paying less than half the price of rooms only a few hundred metres away.
So what’s the catch? The only real downside is that Tonsai Bay has no swimming pool, and the sea is only swimmable at high tide. Other than that, you have access to a much livelier beach bar scene than Railay, which is becoming increasingly family and package-tourist orientated, as well as all the climbing activities available on Railay itself.
The rooms themselves are nicely decorated and tiled throughout, though the tag “villa” is a little pretentious, as they remain fairly ordinary bungalows. Superior villas come in pairs (semi-detached) with double beds only, whereas Deluxe villas are free-standing and slightly larger with a choice of double bed or 2 twin singles. All rooms have a large terrace out front. TV with satellite channels, air con, fridge with complimentary drinking water, and hot water shower are standard. Unlike most resorts in Tonsai, this one also provides 24 hour electricity during the high season months. Please note however, that from May – October, electricity is provided between the hours of 5pm and 9am only.
Tonsai Bay Resort is located directly on Tonsai Beach, though only its restaurant overlooks the sea. It is well-located for climbing, and also ideally placed to cross over to Railay West beach.
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ROOMS & RATES
Charges & Surcharges: Rates already include all taxes and charges: there is nothing further to pay. An extra bed charge of 750 THB / 650 THB will be levied on third person aged 12 and over staying in any room during peak / high and low seasons. Two child under 12 may stay in any room without an extra bed; children aged 2 - 11 years wil be charged 150 THB per child per night for breakfast. Baby cots available for under 2s on request.
Amendments & Cancellations: Reservation deposits at Tonsai Bay Resort are fully refundable up to 7 / 14 / 21 days before arrival in low / high / peak seasons. After that a late cancellation penalty of 1 night will be charged. No-show, early check out, or shortened stay informed with less than 7 days notice will not be refunded.
All refunds are subject to a processing charge of 5% + THB 350 to cover bank costs. Amendments to any booking (e.g. change of dates, extension of stay) that do not require a refund may be made free of charge.
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