When travelling to Krabi, try and miss out staying on the mainland and either head straight to Raileh or Tonsai, both different beaches but both so beautiful. The sunset on Raileh needs to be a priority, in fact if you were staying there, it would have to be a daily event; the sunsets I witnessed there were the most stunning I've ever seen.
If you decide to stay on the more backpacker/rock climber catered Tonsai, don't fear, you can walk over to Raileh for sunset as the tide is out at this time. However, take a torch with you as getting back in the dark is not the easiest task!
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Fire show on the island of Tonsai
The fire shows on islands like Phi Phi may be bigger, but the experience of a fire show on the far more chilled island of Tonsai was personally far more enjoyable.
Tonsai is the beach just around from Raileh; the vibe is backpackers / rock climbers, but it still feels like a perfect little secret that you are in on if you are privileged enough to be there. If your idea of heaven is staying in wooden huts on stilts in the jungle where you get woken up by the monkeys, chilling on the beach in the day with only a handful of other people, or of course spending your day rock climbing, then Tonsai is the place for you.
In the evenings, there are 2 main bars to choose from - 'Why Not?' on the beach, where there is nearly always live music playing and a pool table for entertainment. Or 'Small World', which is away from the beach but equally as relaxed and fun. They host fire shows most evenings and you can always get a spot right at the front for the best view. After that, enjoy a few beers at the bar with the locals - and then wind your way into the jungle to your wooden hut. Perfection! Although, try to remember to take a torch with you, unless you enjoying confronting a huge spider face to face...
To get to Tonsai, boats from Krabi and Phi Phi run to take you to Raileh and you can either walk round to Tonsai if the tide is out, or get another boat from Raileh, which only takes a few minutes.
Recommendations for flying within Thailand:
We flew to Krabi on Thai Airways - I highly recommend this airlines, they are wonderful.
From Krabi we took a cab to Ao Nang and then a longtail boat to Tonsai.
There are a lot of resorts in Ao Nang with a beautiful beach and lots of restaurants. It would be a great place to stay for easy access to many of the other wonderful Thailand beaches
Note: Travel with backpacks or luggage that is easy to get on and off a longtail boat. Also, be sure to travel in clothes that can get wet since you will be getting in the water to hop onto the longtail boat. There are no docks.