The grittier climbers’, budgeteers' and hippies' retreat. The beach itself isn’t spectacular, although it's big and wide, but with so many good climbs all around, most people don’t mind. Bars and bungalows are nestled further back in the jungle and it’s a lively, fun scene.
A private development has walled off and ripped up a vast section of the jungle fringing the beach. There's no building work as yet, with the developers awaiting the arrival of 24 hour electricity on this side of the island. Ton Sai lovers have retaliated by plastering the wall with graffiti.
To get to the other beaches you'll need to take a long-tail (50B) or hike – it takes about 20 minutes to scramble over the rocks from Hat Railay West at low tide or a sweaty 30 minutes through the jungle with lots of up and downs (hard work with luggage).