Life in Ton Sai
Our first few days in Ton Sai have been incredible. Life is slow, easy and breathtakingly beautiful. We found a great bungalow to live in for the next month. Ton Sai is home to a whole range of accommodations and we opted for something middle of the road. Our bungalow is made of cinder blocks and concrete and is painted a lovely salmon orange with green trim. It is very simple and mostly clean with only a small table, a sink and a lumpy bed inside. We have a little bathroom attached and a great front porch where we can relax in the shade and watch climbers on the rocks. Ton Sai only has electricity from 6pm to around 6am every day. This means that at night we can actually use the fan in our room making it bearable to sleep in the hot, muggy climate. It also means that every morning when the power shuts off we immediately begin to sweat again, providing a nice alarm clock. We rarely woke up before 7am when we were at home and now it is becoming our regular schedule. We have a mosquito net to keep the critters at bay and save for a few geckos and the occasional mouse droppings (we think they live in the roof) we are enjoying the privacy of our new little home.
It has been easy adjusting to the new lifestyle. We wake up in the morning and roll out of bed when we are too hot and sweaty to handle it anymore. We start to boil some water for coffee out on the front porch. The room is pretty dark in the morning and during the day because there are no lights so we usually keep the door open in order to see. For breakfast we have been making sticky rice with coconut milk and fruit, generally bananas or mangos. As we sip our morning coffee we make breakfast and plan where to climb for the day.
We only have two climbing days under our belt but both have been great. Both days we have gone to the neighboring Railay Beach area. From Ton Sai you can reach Railay in a few ways. There is a 30 min hike over the mountain through the jungle, at low tide it is possible to cross around the rocks that separate the two beaches, or you can pay to take a long tail boat. The first day we trekked up the hill. The hike was gorgeous but very very sweaty! Today we decided to work with the tides, leaving in the morning at low tide and hanging out on Railay until after dinner when the tides let us get back home as the sun was setting. There is something very enjoyable about letting your schedule be dictated by the tides.