Tonsai itself is a wonderful location with a real hippy feel. Do note however, it’s predominantly focused towards the climber community who make up over 70% of the visitors at any given time.
Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for Tonsai Bay Resort. While the rooms are actually OK (although overpriced), the staff are to put it politely sub-standard. The owner, or proclaimed owner (a chain smoking Thai man stationed in their Tonsai office) is remarkably aggressive/ rude and made us feel extremely unwelcome during our stay at TBR.
To give some examples, he did not inform us there are two types of room available (one significantly less expensive than the other) – we only noticed this when we viewed the brochure. When we asked to see the room, he aggressively informed us we could not until we’d paid for it and to our amazement stormed off mid conversation – absolutely incredible. This left us feeling angry and disappointed, especially when the Thai people on the whole are so welcoming and trustworthy.
Regrettably, we did stay for the simple reason TBR is the only place on Tonsai with Air ConMore