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Ton Sai Beach with longtail boats and in the distance the Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.
Ton Sai Beach with longtail boats and in the distance the Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

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TON SAI

Whether you travel from Phuket, Koh Lanta, Krabi or any other destination to Koh Phi Phi almost everyone arrives at the Ton Sai Pier. Don’t be alarmed if you suddenly end up in a swirling crowd from quieter waters. Phi Phi is a very popular holiday destination for backpackers, beach lovers but also for those looking for peace and quiet. When you arrive at the pier of Ton Sai you don’t expect that there are places where you can look for peace and quiet, but there certainly are! You can read more about that in our other articles about Koh Phi Phi on this site.

Ton Sai Pier

Let’s start at the beginning, the Ton Sai Pier… When you arrive by speedboat or ferry on the Ton Sai Pier there are dozens of locals waving signs of resorts. Also from the U Rip Resort where we stayed someone was waiting for us. While arriving The Burger King letters will  immediately draw your notice. It’s obvious that Phi Phi is totally different from for example Koh Yao Yai where we came from before we ended up here. After a few steps you walk under an indoor area, where you can book ferry or speedboat tickets to other locations. After you’ve walked past the worst crowds, you’re in the beating heart of Koh Phi Phi. Welcome to Ton Sai Village!

Map of Ton Sai in Koh Phi Phi

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TIP!
Looking for a good and affordable resort on the outskirts of Ton Sai and direction Long Beach read our review of the relaxed U Rip Resort.

Resort and hotel staff are waiting for you at the Ton Sai Pier of Koh Phi Phi.
The Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi

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Ton Sai Village

On a personal note, we liked Ton Sai Village! The main street offers enough variety and there are plenty of good restaurants, bars, supermarkets and several shops. You will certainly not die of hunger or thirst here! Ton Sai Village is from west to east about one and a half kilometers long and is situated in a bay where Ton Sai Beach is located. On the other side is another bay and the beach there is called Loh Dalum Beach. At the beach of Loh Dalum there is a good party at night and you will also find the typical Thai fire shows! The narrowest part of Ton Sai Village, the road to Loh Dalum Beach is a maximum of 300 meters. So you’ll be there in no time!

DO YOU KNOW?
It can be quite packed in Ton Sai Village, this is because a lot of day trippers from Phuket and others arrive. Luckily around 4 PM it gets a lot quieter because the masses leave the island.

The main street of Ton Sai Village on Koh Phi Phi
The road to Loh Dalum Beach from the Ton Sai Pier on Koh Phi Phi
The main street of Ton Sai Village on Koh Phi Phi

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What is there to do in Ton Sai Village?

If you are looking for a good tour operator or fine diving school you will find them all in the capital (village) of Phi Phi. You can also go to the Phi Phi Viewpoint, which we definitely recommend if you are staying at Koh Phi Phi! By the way, if you want to bring a nice souvenir or want to buy a (forgotten) swimming trunks / bikini, Ton Sai Village it is! Withdrawing and exchanging money can also be done here at several places. There is also a fairly authentic market in the village of Ton Sai. This market is not very big but nice to see if you are in the neighborhood. Finally, you can also snack and drink at the many supermarkets such as (yes here as well) … the 7-Eleven! The prices at the 7- Eleven on Koh Phi Phi are a bit higher than on the mainland. But it’s still useful if you are planning a day at the beach, for example Long Beach or Laem Tong Beach. Have fun!

Ton Sai Market / Phi Phi Market

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YUMMY
Also check out our list of best restaurants on Koh Phi Phi! This list is constantly updated with new locations. For example, go eat delicious sushi at P.P. Wang Ta Fu or Italian at Italiano Restaurant & Bar! Prefer Thai? Of course it’s also on our list!

Front of the restaurant P.P. Wang Ta Fu on Koh Phi Phi
The street where Efe Mediterranean Cuisine is located on Koh Phi Phi
Italiano Bar & Restaurant in the main street of Ton Sai Village on Koh Phi Phi

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Ton Sai Beach

We would love to tell you that Ton Sai Beach is the most beautiful beach of Koh Phi Phi but unfortunately that is not the case. What is true is that there are plenty of longtail boats that are docked at Ton Sai Beach can take you to the most beautiful beaches on the island! What we do appreciate is a shake or snack in the sand of this beach where you can fully enjoy the environment because it is beautiful! Ton Sai Beach can actually be divided into three parts. The Ton Sai Pier we wrote about above, the western and eastern part of Ton Sai beach.

PLEASE NOTE!
On a few places the sea is closed off at Ton Sai Beach so that no (longtail) boats can come. Outside the barrier, swimming is not safe because of the longtail boats that easily overlook you in the water.

Ton Sai overview with Ton Sai east, west, pier and village

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West of Ton Sai Beach

The most beautiful stretch of Ton Sai Beach can be found in the west of the bay. Here you will also find a number of resorts such as the Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort or Mama Beach Residence which are definitely worth checking out. The beauty of the western part of Ton Sai Beach is that it still seems fairly untouched. The water is a lot cleaner and the sand is fine and clean. Despite the fact that there are much nicer beaches on Koh Phi Phi, this part of the beach is the most beautiful part of Ton Sai Beach as far as we are concerned!

The western part of Ton Sai Beach on koh Phi Phi
The western part of Ton Sai Beach on koh Phi Phi

East of Ton Sai Beach

If you walk from Ton Sai Village in southeastern direction then the beach is actually not so bad. Some parts of the sea are delimited so it is safe to swim. On the beach you will also find a number of resorts such as the U Rip Resort and Phi Phi Andaman Beach Resort. A little further on you can book a private tour with a longtail boat for a nice price. In the evening there are a number of fire shows to admire to reasonable loud music like at Carlito Bar. Nice to watch with a cocktail or beer in your hand! Around noon it gets quieter here. If you still want to look for crowds then you have to be at Loh Dalum Beach.

East of Ton Sai Beach on Koh Phi Phi

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Fun things to do on Koh Phi Phi!

On Koh Phi Phi are of course many more beautiful beaches and fun things to do! We have picked a number of nice locations for you on Phi Phi. Like well-appreciated accommodations, restaurants, bars and attractions that we think you should not miss! We hope this will make your visit to Phi Phi even more fun! Through the InfoBox below you can find more information.n

Sleeping on Koh Phi Phi

It is not always easy to find a good hotel or hostel on Koh Phi Phi. Because of the popularity of the island, the price-quality ratio is not always good. It is also important to take into account the parties on the beach of Loh Dalum Beach and in the village. If you sleep close to here you have a chance of noise nuisance. The hotels listed below are not in the party area, but some are within walking distance. So you have a good night’s sleep but do not miss anything.

  • The Pier 519 Hostel | In Ton Sai Village
    Good and quiet hostel in the center of Koh Phi Phi (next to the pier).
  • Viking Nature Resort | Between Ton Sai Beach and Long Beach
    A back to nature resort with two beautiful paradisiacal beaches on your doorstep. Half an hour walk from the center, partly on a jungle path. Or a longtail boat for 100 baht p.p.
  • Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort | At Phak Nan Bay
    Relax on a quiet beach far from the center of Koh Phi Phi!
  • U Rip Resort | At Ton Sai Beach TIP
    A good resort with the best value for money on the island. You Rip is located just outside the center of Ton Sai and within fifteen minutes you are on the Ton Sai Pier.
  • ChaoKoh Phi Phi Hotel & Resort | In Ton Sa Village
    In the center between the nice restaurants and bars.
  • Phi Phi Natural Resort | At Laem Thong Beach
    You can take a break on Ko Phi Phi here!
  • Phi Phi The Beach Resort | At Long Beach
    This resort is located on one of our favorite beaches of Koh Phi Phi! A beautiful resort to stay a few days in peace and quiet!
  • Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island | AtLaem Thong Beach
    The well appreciated Holiday Inn can also be found on Koh Phi Phi! A top name on a top beach!
  • Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort | At Lo Ba Kao Bay
    Far away from the hustle and bustle, in a beautiful bay lies this great resort with a very nice pool!
  • Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort | At Ton Sai
    You look out for Ton Sai but you’re away from the hustle and bustle! A fantastic resort where you are within 10 minutes in the center of Koh Phi Phi!

You can also read more about these locations through the best hotels of Koh Phi Phi. You can also read about our experience at the U Rip Resort at the beach of Ton Sai.

Check out our list of best hotels in Koh Phi Phi and read about our experience with the U Rip Resort on Koh Phi Phi.

Good eats & drink on Koh Phi Phi

  • P.P. Wang Ta Fu TIP
    Our favorite when it comes to Japanese food on Koh Phi Phi! But the Ta Fu family also serves delicious Thai and Western dishes! Not for nothing almost always on #1 on TripAdvisor!
  • Aroy Kaffeine
    Whether you’re looking for a good breakfast, lunch, dinner or a good cup of coffee, at Aroy Kaffeine it’s always a pleasure!
  • Italiano Bar & Restaurant TIP
    The best pizzas and pastas of Phi Phi can be found in the main street of Ton Sai Village! Outstanding quality in an atmospheric restaurant helped by a very friendly team!
  • Grand PP Arcade
    Great in taste and conviviality! According to many visitors a must visit if you are staying at Phi Phi!
  • Efe Mediterranean Cuisine TIP
    Small but nice restaurant which is run by a very nice Turkish owner! Mediterranean hospitality in Thailand you will find here!
  • Unni’s Restaurant
    Whether you’re looking for something Thai, Mexican, American at Unni’s unique world flavors come together in this fun tent in Ton Sai Village!
  • The Coffee Club @ Koh Phi Phi
    Our favorite when it comes to coffee chains in Thailand! Super good coffee but also other delicious drinks and bites! So much better than Starbucks!

If you want to know more about the above restaurants read our article about the best restaurants on Koh Phi Phi.

Going out on Koh Phi Phi

  • Slinky Beach Bar
    The place on the beach of Loh Dalum to party with your feet in the sand!
  • Banana Bar Phi Phi
    Cozy bar / and good restaurant with roof terrace where films are still regularly shown on a large screen.
  • Reggae Bar Phi Phi
    Go into battle with your friends in the ring and get a bucket of mixed drinks as a reward or take part in the burger challenge

Want to know the easiest way to get to the beautiful Koh Phi Phi? Then read on for the article here: Travelling to Koh Phi Phi.

More to discover on Koh Phi Phi

Take a look at our selection of some impressive pictures of Koh Phi Phi through our eighth Picture This article.

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