Climbers dig it
One of Railay’s best-known rock climbing outfits, Basecamp Tonsai, has expanded in recent years to take over management of The Forest Resort while offering a couple of other rooms types on the property abutting their office.
If you seek something a tad cushier than Tonsai’s typical bare-bones bungalows, a freestanding bamboo and polished concrete cottage is smartly designed with a small sitting area and spacious cold-water bathroom downstairs, topped by an upper loft with a king-size mattress draped in mosquito net and curtains that can be drawn over an open-air front.
You’ll also find three different types of more standard bamboo-and-wood bungalows, including some at The Forest that bag you chunky bamboo bedframes and spacious porches perched high above the greenery. There’s also a cheap fan dorm and small motel-style building with dark, utilitarian private rooms that appear to be better sealed than your average bungalow—worth keeping in mind if you cringe at the thought of creepy crawlers invading your sleeping space.
All rooms are equipped with fans and mosquito nets, and overall they’re of a higher standard than most digs in Tonsai. Inquire at the Basecamp Tonsai office if you find no staff at The Forest.
Address: On the hill road to Railay, Ao Tonsai
T: (081) 149 9745;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'12.75" E, 8º1'11.51" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||closed or n/a||200 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||500 baht||500 baht|
|Standard double room|
|600 baht||600 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||800 baht||800 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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