Ko Phi Phi & Ao Ton Sai - Day 58
Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
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On the longtail to East Railey there was a guy on the boat that I thought I recognised from somewhere but couldn't put my finger on it. After a couple of minutes it suddenly clicked. I met this guy last Autumn at the Roaches which is a climbing area in the Peak district near Leek. I was with a friend who knew him and his older brother, we chatted for a while on the rocks. Then we randomly bumped into each other on a boat in Thailand, big coincidence. He only lives a couple of miles from me too. The even stranger thing is my friend was talking to us both about going to Ton Sai to climb he said it was a layback and nice place to stay with great rocks. So we both independently get to this place in Thailand on the same day and meet on the same longtail boat, freaky!
Found a place to stay in the forest at the Kasbar Bungalows. The little wooden huts are set back around 400m from the beach in the forest. I have a bathroom, a hammock hanging in the porch and power occasionally. It's pretty comfortable for a wooden hut with a palm leaf roof. Saw some monkeys in the trees above my hut fooling around, also loads of geckos inside eating insects. I'm going to like this place for sure, great location, interesting wild life and nice people. So far so good!
The beach in Ao Ton Sai is surrounded by very high and impressive limestone cliffs with some big overhangs. Heard that people base jump from the bigger cliffs, so they're pretty high. From the beach you can see Chicken island and the surrounding smaller islands, which looks like a tropical paradise. I'll try and make it over to islands during my stay.
I've noticed the tides are very pronounced here so you can only swim at certain times of the day and walk over to Railey beach over the lethally sharp rocks when the tide is low. There's also a steep rocky and precarious path which gives you access to Railey too, regardless of the tides. The inaccessibility makes the place feel secluded even though it's on a peninsula attached to the mainland (You can't get to Ton Sai from the mainland due to the thick forest and cliffs behind). The place defiantly has a remote island feel and everyone you talk too talks about Ton Sai as an island.