/ Thailaind - stay in Tonsai or Railay West?
There is a third option which is to get a long tail boat round to aonang (sic) every morning and evening which is where we stayed - bigger more choice, not so claustriphobic if you want to get away from the "scene" but still only a 10 minute boat commute.
Here is a piccy of the mangrove beach 'hippy"side
and here is the nicer beach
Im very jealous - you are going to have a lovely time wherever you stay - just dont let the free bongs in the bars de-motivate your climbing, Ive seen some real casualties out there ;o)
Tonsai and mangroves to left and Railay to the right with the bushy walk through in the middle
You should read James Pearson's comments about Railay and Tonsai for a different perspective:
There is a range of options in Tonsai, from bamboo huts to more expensive apartments. It's possible to stay in Tonsai without slumming it, though Railay will offer more luxuries if that's what you are after.
If i was you i would go to Tonsai and stay for a few days, you can walk to Railay and check it out and then make up your mind? i've been to Tonsai 4 times so of you have and questions just ask? Tonsai ROCKS!!!!!
> If i was you i would go to Tonsai and stay for a few days, you can walk to Railay and check it out and then make up your mind? i've been to Tonsai 4 times so of you have and questions just ask? Tonsai ROCKS!!!!!
no mangroves on Tonsai thats Railay east, dont go there.
TONSAI. definitely. ;-)
Railay East has some of the better-value mid-range accommodation, many with a/c and some with pool. There's also a lot going on during the evening. But there's really no beach or swimming option on that side so you'll need to walk the 5 or 10 minutes to the West beach or Phranang beach for beach/bathing.
Railay West has a great beach and good but expensive accommodation. There are pools but I don't understand why you would bother when the sea is so close and so good.
There's a lot of good climbing around Railay, generally needing a 5-15 minute walk.
Tonsai is where most climbers stay and I expect it will be easier to find climbing partners there than on Railay. Most but not all of the accommodation is basic but some have larger a/c rooms too. There's a different vibe on Tonsai - less holidaymaker and more traveller. Climbing here is ridiculously accessible - generally within a few minutes walk.
Ao Nang has many more accommodation, eating and nightlife options and boats to Railay/Tonsai are quick and easy to get, which you'll need to do as there is no climbing at Ao Nang itself. However, a large part of the attraction of Railay/Tonsai for us is that there are no roads and no traffic. It also would be much harder to find climbing partners in Ao Nang.
I'd say if your focus is climbing stay in Tonsai, if you want a bit more pampering at the expense of climbing go to Railay. You're sure to have a great time anyway.
p.s. Not sure what James Pearson was on about in his blog. We were there just two months ago, having been several other times over the years, and I thought it was impressive how sensitively the new developments had been done considering the mess they could have made and often do seem to make in other places. It's still a great place and I'll definitely be back again in future.
Hey, thanks that's really useful. 4 times - wow, it must be good :-) Am hoping to go to some remoter islands to do a bit of climbing too-any tips? (I'm about 6b standard) Also, wasn't going to book my flight back from Krabi-Bangkok until I was there in case I'd gone to some islands etc and was easier to fly out of somewhere else (e.g.Phuket). Is that a good idea or do the flights get booked up? Thnaks!
Good climbing on Phi Phi Don and its close to TonSai, there's a Tonsai beach on Phiphi Don aswell!!
Check out online an island called Laoliang, ive never been but it looks Amazing, good climbing and very romantic, i really want to go there.
You should climb 'Orange chandelier' on Ao nang tower its very good, dont let the first 3meters put you off or the grade, most of the climbing in Thailand is juggy with big moves, so climb fast and give alot of the 6c a try the grades are a little soft, 'The big wave' is also a very good,great, multi-pitch, and 'Beauty and the beast' which shares the first pitch with big wave is also great and the third pitch is a little harder than anything on the big wave, The Keep is the best crag there, every climb is excellant and its crimpy climbing not juggy- try the 6c's!! and try the deep water soloing
P.s you can book trips to Laoliang from Tonsai
Trying to think of away to get to Tonsai AGAIN!!!
How did you get on? I am flying into Phuket with the family in January, so would like to hear what you thought about the accomodation?
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