Upon arrival on the ferry dock, there is a fee of 20 Bath for each person to pay.
We didn’t book in advance because we wanted to have a look first. Since we only were staying for one night we specifically wanted to stay in Ton Sai because of restaurants and shopping possibilities.
Since there are tons of people arriving each day on the island it became clear that to find a place to sleep would prove to be a hassle. We saw several beautiful beachfront bungalows just to be told that they had just been taken by telephone – not always true because the prefer guests that stay longer than one night.
What I recommend is to ask immediately one of the guys at the pier from the Tourist Office and to ask which accommodations are still available.
Loh Dalum Bay is exceptionally beautiful, especially in the early morning before the day trippers arrive and in the afternoon after all the big boats have left for the day.
There are several shops offering private tours with the longboats. We paid 1’200 bath from 1.30-5pm and we got to see among others Maya Bay and Monkey Beach, which are really fun. Be aware that upon arrival to descend from the boat to Maya Bay there is a fee of 200 Bath per person to be paid.
The island offers a lot, restaurants, massages, shopping and nightlife and one night is way too short to enjoy it all.
Since my last trip, Ton Sai bay has developed into a 24 hour party people island. If one seeks peace and calm, especially at night should opt for another part of the island but it is still worth visiting it.