A Rock Climbers and Fire Dancers Paradise
Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
98Trip End Aug 01, 2008
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Tonsai is known as a rock-climbers paradise, as it is surrounded on all sides (except the beach side, of course) by limestone cliffs.
An amazing site! Not only is the beach itself surrounded by beautiful limestone, but the view from the beach is looking out onto huge limestone rocks/islands, protruding out of the water.
The beach is lined with open-aired bars and restaurants and one dive shop. Going to the far left side of the beach, you will find a road that goes to the back of the "valley": not very far. So, in essence there are 2 "roads", the mountain road and the beach, which it parallels.
All the establishments and its furniture was made up of drift wood and teak; and they were also built around any trees already in the area: you would have roofs with holes cut in them to support the big trees growing through the establishment.
It is so beautiful... We took pictures that look like they are repeating, but its to make a "360 degree" feel, so you can see the entire beach....
We stayed at Viking's bungalows, which is situated on the far right side of the beach (looking out).
And, even though the property was beachfront, the bungalows were the cheapest on the island (they explain that they charge more for carrying all the goods and what-not inland). I dont know about that, since "inland" is just a 10 minute walk. It may also have to do with a "false sense of securtiy", not being right on the water, in case of another tsunami. In any case, our bunglaws were right under a dramatic limestone cliff, and although this was beach property, we were smack in the middle of the Thailand Jungle! Seriously!
Daily, we had to ward off the band of monkeys that would hang out at the bunglalows, in the trash and on our roof.
They got into EVERYTHING - drinking old juice boxes in the trees and playing with plastic bags. The only thing that they wouldnt touch was clothes drying on the railings of everyones lanai. :D
Although our bungalow is in such a surrean, pretty area; the inside of of our bungalow was another adventure! First off, it was the first place in our travels that supplied a mosquito net: which ended up being a blessing - one could call it a comfort "bubble", a force field to keep all things OUT. Also, Mathew was the one to check out the place first and gave it the green light. Tell me, HOW DID HE MISS THE HUGE NEST IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM?!?!?! hahahahahahahaha :D:D:D I grabbed the front desk and showed them the nest in our room, only for them to start laughing at me and shaking their heads that this was "completely ok and harmless". They couldnt tell us what kind of nest it was, but we have concluded that it was just a REALLY big termite nest, which is no longer occupied... We also found out that we had rats in the walls.
We would be woken up by them to hear them fighting between the 2 thin thatched walls, and then falling all over the place. We would pray that they wouldnt fall through the ceiling and land on our mosquito net.... our imaginations were running WILD.
That was topped off, by the little brown scorpion we found in the bathroom, conveniantly already placed in a bowl.
I dont know why, but we really loved that place. We really did! :D :D :D :D :D :D
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