Our first destination was Ton Sai Beach, located in the Krabi province. Although it is technically part of the mainland, it is cut off from any roads or paths by a series of impressive limestone cliffs and peaks which surround some amazingly picturesque beaches. These cliffs also happen to make for good climbing and the area has become a mecca of sorts for climbers from around the world looking for good climbing, a chill lifestyle with like-minded people, and an active nightlife.
|The cliffs of Railay and Ton Sai beaches.|
We traveled From Bangkok to the beach with a combination of a very enjoyable all-night train ride, a series of much less-enjoyable bus rides that extorted us in every way possible, and a brief but beautiful long-boat cruise from the main town to the beaches on the other side of the cliffs.
|The veiw that awaited us as we arrived via the longboat. Photo courtesy of Annty Marais.|
While the original plan for our stay in Ton Sai was to do a ton of climbing accompanied by our expert photographers (V and Kiell both happen to work as instructors at a climbing gym in London), we didn’t exactly follow the original game plan and spent much more time exploring the beaches and surrounding jungle. And relaxing.
|My "welcome" gift from the 16 mosquitoes that bit me within 10 minutes of arriving. Photo courtesy of Annty Marais.|
|Our living quarters for the week. Picturesque but not exactly ideal (and horrible at keeping mosquitoes out). Photo courtesy of Annty Marais.|
|My primary method of training for much of the time in Ton Sai... Photo courtesy of Annty Marais.|
Our adventure to the Railay Lagoon was one of the highlights of our time in Ton Sai for me. While the lagoon itself was not actually much more than a big puddle (even at high tide), the 45 minute climb through a mud-coated “lost world” was pretty awesome and offered plenty of opportunity to clamber, climb, and slide up and down a "path" that have all sorts of warning signs posted at the beginning if it were located in the USA.
|Bruno making his way down a particularly muddy descent. Photo courtesy of Annty Marais.|
|The water was not nearly as inviting from up close... Photo courtesy of Annty Marais.|
Despite the beautiful beaches and sunsets, we decided after a few days that we had exhausted all that Ton Sai had to offer and it was time to change location...
|Goodbye Ton Sai. Photo courtesy of Annty Marais.|