The Best Date of My Life: Sunset on Tonsai Beach

I typically like to write things in chronological order, but last night on Tonsai was one of the best nights of my life. I know I’ve mentioned on multiple occasions how much I love my husband, and how lucky I am. Yesterday he took me on a date that reminded me of that.

We are currently in the Railay Beach/ Tonsai Beach area. It’s not technically an island, but the giant limestone cliffs surrounding the area, make it only accessible by boat. We got here a little later in the evening yesterday, dropped our stuff off at our Bungalow and headed straight to the beach to catch the sunset. This is the part that was incredible.

The Date Begins!

You can’t see the sunset from Tonsai because it’s blocked by a cliff, so we decided to attempt the hike to Railay through the Jungle. As we walked, we realized that the ocean receded about 1 kilometer, completely exposing islands and the coral reef! Instead of taking the jungle hike, we walked through the rocks on the base of the cliff where the water usually is and started exploring the reef.

Sunset on Tonsai
Sunset Over the Coral Reef

The Reef

It looked like we were walking through a movie. The reef was pretty deep in some places and created small pools of water where all of the reef creatures went to live in until the water came back. The pools were like an aquarium that let us see the life of these sea creatures, uninterrupted. We sat by one of the pools, on a purple and green rock, and were peaceful witnesses to the life happening around us. The giant blue-green crabs chasing each other into holes of the bright purple coral, the fish camouflaging themselves against the sand, and the peaceful way the anemones danced with the current.

Tonsai limestone cliffs
Tonsai’s Landscape

Tonsai’s Landscape

We were watching the wildlife, while also appreciating the bright pinks, oranges, and purples, of the sunset falling over the reefs. We were completely surrounded by limestone cliffs, that had a dreamy purple tint on them from the cotton candy skies. The trees on the mountains gently swayed with the wind, and everything around us felt alive. We could sense the energy of the earth around us. The best thing of all, we had the Island/Beach to ourselves. It’s low season in Thailand, and we’re staying on a beach not many people know about. We couldn’t and still can’t believe this is our lives. Daniel and I talked, snuggled, and just rejoiced with gratitude at the life we get to share together.

Tons Limestone Cliffs

It Doesn’t End There!

After enjoying the corals, sunset, and amazing company for over an hour, the sun finally went down, casting a shadow over the reefs. We noticed that though the “shore” was still far away from us, but the water started filling the reef from underground! We decided to watch the process at a resort restaurant that was directly on the beach.

The restaurant was directly under one of the largest leaning cliffs, and was illuminated by a burnt orange light. Night fell as I ate my vegetarian pineapple fried rice out of a PINEAPPLE, holding hands with my husband, and staring out into the reefs that were now filling with water. The burnt orange sky was now a sea of bright stars framed by the cliffs. When we stared up to see the stars, we saw hundreds of bats, now awake, flying high around the cliffside. You could hear the bats using their echolocation to find their prey in the night. Tonsai is a feast for the senses day and night.

What We Weren’t Expecting

As we were finishing our dinner, the sea had come back over the reefs and we could hear the waves crashing on the sand. When we looked out in the distance, we saw the waves crashing and illuminating the sea neon blue, and purple! It’s was bioluminescent plankton! We couldn’t believe our eyes! We sat on the beach and alternated between watching the stars illuminate the sky, and watching the plankton illuminate the ocean. Tonsai left us in completely in awe of nature’s capabilities in just a couple of hours.

Going Back to Our Bungalow

Because we were one of the few people on Tonsai, the sounds of nature had ownership of the night. You could hear the crickets chirping loudly, the frogs calling, and the monkeys rustling in the trees above us. We sat in the porch of our Bungalow, in silence, just listening to the jungle around us. It’s the most peaceful, and connected to the earth I’ve ever felt in my life.

Sunset on Railay Beach

What It Did For Our Relationship

Now that our lives are on YouTube, it’s become a little more difficult for us to enjoy beautiful scenery without pointing a camera at it. Last night, my phone died and we were able to have that all to ourselves. We were able to sit on the reef and talk about our dreams, our goals, and how far our life has come. I couldn’t believe how long it had been since he and I just stared at each other face to face and talked. Does that sound crazy? Yesterday, I got to enjoy my husband, and go on a romantic date straight from our dreams. We couldn’t be more happy to be sharing this journey with each other.

It’s still crazy to me how just a year ago, we were sitting in our living room watching other people live this life. Now we’re the ones traveling the world. I never thought that life could be ours. I never thought I could be this happy.  Grateful to have Daniel to share all of these wonderful experiences with, and excited that I get to share these stories with you.

What would your perfect date look like? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Dee Dumas says:

    Love reading about your adventures! Miss you both at karaoke. Wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already heard, that Bob Harris passed away on July 23rd. It’s very sad and we all miss him and his awesome voice.
    I’ll continue to try and keep up with you both and all your travels! Be safe and sending prayers. ❤️❤️❤️ Dee (and Mike) Dumas

    • Thank you so much for letting us know, Dee! We feel lucky to have known him, and have gotten a chance to hear his gorgeous voice. Thank you for the support, prayers, and well wishes!! <3

  • Dee Dumas says:

    Love reading about your adventures! Miss you both at karaoke. Wanted to let you know, if you haven’t already heard, that Bob Harris passed away on July 23rd. It’s very sad and we all miss him and his awesome voice.
    I’ll continue to try and keep up with you both and all your travels! Be safe and sending prayers. ❤️❤️❤️ Dee (and Mike) Dumas