Whether arriving from mainland Krabi or Phuket, Ton Sai Bay is the standard point of entry. It fronts a crescent-shaped beach on an isthmus that connects either side of Phi Phi Don. Aside from resort employees and a small contingency of fishermen, most of the people here are international tourists. Most of the resorts and hotels in Ton Sai Bay fall into budget and mid-range categories, and they’re convenient on the first or last night of a stay in the archipelago.
Ton Sai Bay is an isthmus connecting the butterfly-like wings of Phi Phi Don. Resorts and hotels on Tonsai Bay are some of the busiest on the island, and they come with the best service and facilities. The best have unobstructed views of limestone cliffs including Ton Sai Tower. Climbers who reach the top can see all the way to Phi Phi Ley.
Virtually everyone here is connected to tourism, whether its hotel staff or international visitors. The major accommodation district has excellent facilities including restaurants, Phi Phi Hospital and laid-back beach bars. During the day, the harbor teems with life. Tourists can go yachting, snorkeling and kayaking anywhere in the area. Local tour operators lead multi-day diving excursions to deep waters, with divers staying on live-aboard boats.
Koh Phi Phi is a popular island-hopping destination, and overnight guests share the bay with daytrip visitors during the morning and afternoon. Ton Sai Village is the bay’s bustling commercial heart, and it’s a pedestrians-only area. The village stays busy with tourists until about 14:30 when the last ferry day-trippers back to the mainland. The pace of life changes after this, leaving the remaining visitors plenty of space to enjoy the sunset and laid-back energy on the beaches.