Beachfront Dining in Tonsai Bay

Tonsai Bay Beach Restaurants in Phi Phi

Tonsai Bay offers a good choice of beachfront dining options. Curiously, the majority of beach restaurants in Tonsai Bay are located on the east and west sides of the bay, instead of being in the central part. Tonsai East is more chilled out nowadays, the 'bucket-and-beer' scene moved to the Loh Dalum side of the island, leaving this part a quieter, but certainly no less attractive, alternative for a night underneath the stars.

You will find a good choice of long-established and new restaurants/bars serving both Thai and international food scattered along Tonsai East and West beaches. These bars and restaurants stay open until late, many of them offering nightlife entertainment such as live music and fire shows.

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Andaman Legacy Seafood

A neat-looking restaurant part of Andaman Legacy Resort, also beachside, with those great views of Phi Phi Ley that are exclusive to Tonsai East. Legacy doesn’t break new ground but it is a decent place to eat breakfast lunch or dinner. Pretty cool sounds (think Jack Johnson, Tracey Chapman) and attractive lighting are two factors that distinguish it from the rest of the pack.  

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-23:00
  • Location: Tonsai East, at Phi Phi Andaman Legacy Resort
  • Remarks: Fire show at 23:00
  • Cuisine: International and Thai
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Bora Bora

Previously the wildly successful Hippies restaurant/bar, Bora Bora is doing a sterling job of keeping the flames of Party Politics on Tonsai East burning bright. For a start there is a free salad bar and free daily soup with your meal from 18:30 – 22:00 followed by promotion after promotion. The background music can get a little overpowering but that depends on your tastes and where you sit. This is more of an afterhours partying place than a restaurant but that’s not to say that you can’t enjoy a simple meal here, chatting with the friendly but slightly spacey staff. Bora Bora even offers free drinks later on if you produce a copy of their promotional flyer.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
  • Location: Central East Tonsai
  • Type: Restaurant/bar international and Thai
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Carpe Diem

The legendary Carpe Diem beach bar and restaurant is a popular daytime chillout spot and by night a popular party bar, famous for its nightly fireshow. International and Thai food is available daytime and evenings provided by the neighbouring Phi Phi Villa Resort restaurant.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
  • Location: Tonsai East
  • Type: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, international and Thai, nightly events
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Chukit Lovely

What’s in a name? Does Chukit make you want to, after eating there? Well, this 120-cover alfresco and covered hotel restaurant could do with a facelift and is pretty gloomy both inside and out. Not wishing to break the mould of the beachfront theme of international and Thai food served from morning to night, Chukit serves exactly the same fare as its neighbours, only in much more lugubrious circumstances. Your call.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-22:00
  • Location: Tonsai East
  • Cuisine: International and Thai
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Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella faces eastward on Lo Dalum Beach and out over the idyllic and picturesque bay, making it the ideal location for a sunrise breakfast, but there’s only one catch – it doesn’t open until 10:00. It’s a large Italian restaurant with equally distributed outside and inside seating, a typical (for Phi Phi) relaxed atmosphere and Read More...

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Hippies Bar

Located near Phi Phi Villa Resort, Hippies Bar is the archetype Phi Phi Bar with its triangular cushions to relax on, party atmosphere, fire dancing and late-night reveling. Hippies doesn’t get going until about 21:00 but you can get a meal here at pretty much any time of day. Watch out for the half-moon parties here as they can get pretty wild and woolly with imported DJs, dancing on the sand and lots and lots of noise.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – late
  • Location: On the beach by Phi Phi Villa Resort
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Mama Resto and The Cliff Bar

Mama Resto and The Cliff Bar are certainly worth a visit if you stay in Phi Phi for a few days. It’s a 750-metre stroll from Tonsai Pier to Mama Beach Residence at the western end of Tonsai Bay, but it’s most definitely worth it as here is where you’ll find Mama Resto (restaurant in French Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00
  • Location: Western end of Tonsai Bay, at Mama Beach Residence
  • Remarks: Reservation mandatory
  • Tel: +66 (0)88 443 1363
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Phi Phi Princess

Phi Phi Princess is never going to get away from its image as a hotel; mass-transit eatery that caters to the many passengers on tour ships so only those with a penchant for impersonal service and buffet food will appreciate this beachside restaurant.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Central Loh Dalum
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A big, 120-cover restaurant lining the beach and the Rimlay Resort, there are some interesting deals here such as a grilled half-chicken with veggies and priced-per-kilo seafood but don’t expect intimacy, chamber music or haute cuisine. Basic stuff at not unfriendly prices.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Tonsai East
  • Type: Grill, international and Thai
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Tonsai Seafood - Phi Phi Island

Tonsai Bay is a bustling and colourful place at most times of day. But when the sun sinks into the Andaman Sea and the lights go up along the coastline there is a tangible sense of magic in the air.

Tonsai Seafood is right in the heart of all this fairylike seaside sorcery and, like a Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Right in front of Phi Phi Banyan Villa on the main street along the beach
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