going thai-dye in tonsai.

after a week at dawn of happiness, our next beach stop was tonsai, and it was one of our favorite stops in southern thailand. tonsai is a hidden little cove adjacent to the beaches of railay east & west in the krabi province on the western side of thailand. there are only three ways to get to tonsai beach:

1. by longtail boat
2. a 30-minute jungle hike from railay beach
3. wait until low-tide and do a 25-minute trek thru the rocks and caves

we opted for options #2 and #3 and had a ton of fun doing it (well, maybe not the last jungle hike in the extreme heat with all our gear, but that’s another story).

tonsai is a wildly popular destination for international rock climbers, rasta lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. not quite the full moon party 20-something backpackers, tonsai attracts a slightly older crowd (our age) that wants to get active during the day and feel groovy all night. we ended up doing 4 days and 3 nights in tonsai and loved every second of it. the no-frills beach “town” (it’s hard to even call it that) is so small, but has everything you could want from a beachfront hippie village. there’s a stretch of white sandy beach, some bungalows, monkeys running about, a few street vendors slinging grilled chicken, pad thai & fresh fruit, a handful of wooden beach bars for sunset, chill electro tunes, slack lines and late night fire shows.

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the jungle hike into tonsai.
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the flower truck.
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the setting is unreal beautiful.
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pretty much the entire beach of tonsai.
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the coolest beach bars ever did i see.
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we had a really interesting interaction with a pack of monkeys. as we were walking down the sandy path, we saw a mama monkey clutching her brand new baby. we stopped to watch and then noticed a few bigger monkeys start to walk towards us. pretty soon we were surrounded and they started to slowly walk, creating a barricade around the newborn that simultaneously pushed us along down the path.
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the low-tide walk back to railay.

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beers with new friends at the sunset bar.
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one late afternoon everyone at sunset bar charged onto the beach. “the german guys on acid are base jumping again!” sure enough, we looked up to the top of a cliff and saw a man jump and soar through the air before he pulled his chute with a loud pop! it was such an intense thing to watch!
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tye-dye or, thai-dye ;) felt appropriate in tonsai. the menu – pick your mellow-out method of choice.
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since everyone else was rock climbing, i had the beach to myself during the day.
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while we laid on the beach, we watched hard core climbers cruise up cliffs. no big.
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for $31 we opted to stay at the nice & new Green Valley Resort bungalows with a pool & spa.
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our cozy bungalow with an outside shower… and a fan.
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poolside – there’s a cat in my hat! literally. the thing wanted to use my hat as a scratching pad.
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pretty much “the main drag” in tonsai. ain’t much to it, but the food is delicious.
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we ate mama’s grilled chicken and rice for lunch and dinner almost every day.
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yuuuuummmmm.
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nothing to do, but relax…
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enjoy the views…
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aaaannndddd.. SLACK LINE! it’s a 1.5″ line tied to two posts. you walk across it like a tightrope. apparently it helps all the rock climbers with their balance. people were obsessed — so was ting. he was bound and determined to conquer the slack line. i feel like we’re going to have a phil dumphy (from modern family) moment on our hands when danny installs one in the front yard at home.

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one of our favorite stops in southern thailand was tonsai. tonsai is a hidden little cove adjacent to railay east & west. there are only three ways to get to tonsai:

1. by boat
2. a 30-minute jungle hike from railay beach
3. wait until low-tide and trek thru the rocks and caves

we opted for options #2 and #3 and had a ton of fun doing it (well, maybe not the last jungle hike but we’ll get there).

tonsai is a wildly popular destination for rock climbers, rasta lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. not quite the full moon party 20-something backpackers, but a slightly older crowd that wants to get active during the day and feel groovy all night. we ended up doing 4 days and 3 nights in tonsai and loved every second of it. the no-frills beach “town” is so small, but has everything you could want on a made-for-hippies beach. there’s a stretch of white sandy beach, some bungalows, monkeys running about, a few street vendors slinging grilled chicken, rice & pad thai and of course a handful of wooden beach bars for sunset, slack line and late night fire shows.

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the jungle hike into tonsai.
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the flower truck.
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pretty much the entire beach of tonsai.
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the coolest beach bars ever did i see.
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we had a really interesting interaction with a pack of monkeys. as we were walking down the sandy path, we saw a mama monkey clutching her brand new baby. we stopped to watch and then noticed a few bigger monkeys start to walk towards us. pretty soon we were surrounded and they started to slowly walk, creating a barricade around the newborn that simultaneously pushed us along down the path.
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the low-tide walk back to railay.

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beers with new friends at the sunset bar.
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tye-dye or, thai-dye ;) felt appropriate in tonsai. the menu – pick your mellow-out method of choice.
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since everyone else was rock climbing, i had the beach to myself during the day.
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we opted to stay at the newer (and nicer) Green Valley Resort with a pool & spa.
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our cozy bungalow with an outside shower… and a fan.
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poolside – there’s a cat in my hat! literally. the thing wanted to use my hat as a scratching pad.
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pretty much “the main drag” in tonsai. ain’t much to it, but the food is delicious.
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we ate mama’s grilled chicken and rice for lunch and dinner almost every day.
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yuuuuummmmm.
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nothing to do, but relax…
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enjoy the views…
P1190995
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aaaannndddd.. SLACK LINE! it’s a 1.5″ line tied to two posts. you walk across it like a tightrope. apparently it helps all the rock climbers with their balance. people were obsessed — so was ting. he was bound and determined to conquer the slack line. i feel like we’re going to have a phil dumphy (from modern family) moment on our hands when danny installs one in the front yard at home.

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