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Ao Ton Sai

Phi Phi's main beach, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
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Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: Ton Sai Beach is a hidden gem on Phi Phi, not that many people really see it as it’s a walk away from town and at first the path doesn’t seem to go... more »
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Lovely beach, very picturesque with the huge mountains framing it on the left. Lots of tourists boats come in and out all day though, which makes it hard to find a decent place to swim, without being next to a boat. It is still very warm and blue and had such nice views.

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Los Altos, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My days as a backpacker have long passed. It was nice to go to Ton Sai Bay just to see the spectacular view in front of it. The bay is breathtaking. As for the town, it is purely for backpackers. I rate this site as very good simply because of the view of the bay and the long tail boats.... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Unlike stated in the article this beach is very close to the town. It is indeed nice ,and you can watch climbers on the rocks and boats in the bay while resting on the beach. However we enjoyed the Long Beach more.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Ton Sai was a highlight of our trip. With it's magnificent landscape makes for some incredible photos! I would say it is definitely for the back packer type. With its combination of incredible climbing and infinite supply of slack lines. Always something to keep you occupied. But be careful with food and drinks. They are not quite up to speed... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Stayed on Phi Phi Long beach in March'14 and was saddened by the false tourist persona of Ton Sai town. Restaurants are fine the walk along the water not unpleasant but all the lane ways are hot, dusty and not particularly Thai. We visited during the day (heaps of day trippers) but also at night (less people but not quiet)... More

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

It is the entrance to Phi Phi Don island through the only pier for bigger boats than long tail or speed boats. As a pier entrance, the nearby area to the pier is more commercial type, full of small shops and very crowded. Moving East to the Long bay you'll find less commercial area and hotel bungallows spreading from the... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Basically we were expecting a lovely village type atmosphere but found Ton sai dirty and very over crowded

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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Ao Ton Sai does not look like it seems to be -on the pictures! It could be a nice beach but it is occupied by boats. If you walk much further you can find parts where you can have a rest and can swim - but it is just a small part of the whole beach.

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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Tonsai is prime example fo how to ruin a majestiv area by over populating,place is full of bars and restaurants focused at the backpacker crowd. Not really suited for anyone else.

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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The best thing about this bay is the view from the restaurants on the northern end of the strip. The water is much cleaner than Loh Dalum, but hard to find a good spot for a swim due to the boats.

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