Tonsai Beach is part of the Railay peninsula and is only accessible by boat because of the high mountains that surround it. Longtail boats depart from Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara beaches only and stop here first on their way to Railay – journey time is around 15 minutes. At very low tide, the service stops temporarily.
Boats depart as soon as there are enough people to fill them: in high season this means they run fairly frequently, but there can be waits of up to one hour in low season or late at night. It is always possible to pay to charter the whole boat to leave immediately, however.
There is a direct ferry connection to Tonsai Beach from the islands of Phi Phi, Lanta and Phuket. Boats stop en route to and from Ao Nang, mooring offshore. Longtail boats are then used to carry passengers to and from the shore. Ferry timetables >>
The only way around Tonsai Beach is on foot (there are no cars or roads). There is a (quite long and arduous) path that leads up behind the beach over to the hill behind the east side of Railay. At low tide it is possible to walk to the adjacent beach of Railay West. Longtail boats can be chartered from the beach to visit the local islands.
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Last updated: June 29, 2012