On Haad Tien Bay – Koh Pha Ngan
“…after a stay at The Sanctuary on Koh Phangan in southern Thailand, your mind, body and possibly even your soul will thank you.”
The Sanctuary is located on a small, beautiful tropical island called Koh Pha Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand, a sister island to Koh Samui. It is nestled into the corner of Haad Tien Bay and is most easily accessed via Haad Rin Town – either by car or by boat.
To get here by boat from Haad Rin Town, locate the taxi boat drivers at the port. They can bring you to The Sanctuary, which is a short 15 min journey.
The Sanctuary Thailand is “…quite magical.” – The Times UK – February 2008.
Getting to Paradise
The most direct way to get Ko Pha Ngan is to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui Island with Bangkok Air. Thai Air also flies to Koh Samui so check out their offers too. Note that Bangkok Air has a very flexible ‘change your ticket’ policy and they have 20 flights a day to and from the islands.
Koh Pha Ngan island is easily accessible by boat from several places in southern Thailand. Most boats arrive on Koh Pha Ngan at one of two towns, Tong Sala or Haad Rin. If your boat lands in Tong Sala, go to Haad Rin town via taxi truck, where you can get a car taxi, or boat taxi, to Haad Tien Bay, home of the Sanctuary.
From Koh Samui:
The easiest way to get to The Sanctuary, between mid January to late October, is on the Thong Nai Pan ferry boat. This ferry departs from Mae Nam town (not the pier) on Koh Samui every day at 12 noon and brings you directly to Haad Tien Bay (get off at the second stop Haad Tien Bay).
There are also 4 ferry boats a day from the Haad Rin Queen Ferry Pier at Big Buddha Pier to Haad Rin: 1030, 1300, 1600, 1830.
Between November and February the boat schedules are sometimes irregular, due to monsoon winds and waves. During this period there are usually 2 or 3 boats a day from Haad Rin West where the Haad Rin Queen ferry from Big Buddha Pier on Koh Samui arrives.
From the city of Surat Thani:
Many ferry companies offer boats directly to Koh Pha Ngan, or via Koh Samui. The boats land at Tong Sala town on Koh Pha Ngan and you can to get a taxi truck to Haad Rin, where you can catch a car taxi or boat taxi to The Sanctuary.
From other parts of the island:
A new road running from Haad Tien & Haad Yuan to the Sanctuary was built recently. While the boat ride here is part of the magic of the journey, sometimes rough seas, or no available boats, necessitate traveling here by land. If you wish to travel by land, look for a taxi truck heading to the Sanctuary from the Haad Rin Queen pier. You can contact P.Luer directly on 0898732257 to book a private taxi truck pick up
From Haad Rin:
From March to November the taxi boats can be boarded from the beach at Haad Rin on the east side of the island. Just ask them to take you to The Sanctuary.
If the weather prevents the boats from running, or if you are feeling particularly energetic, we recommend the beautiful walk from Haad Rin to The Sanctuary. The walk starts at ‘Thai House Bungalow’ just up the street from ‘Yogurt Home Restaurant’ and brings you up through coconut palms and then on through secondary tropical rain-forest. Just follow the yellow/green dots on rocks and trees. Don’t forget to bring some water! Pay attention to the sights and sounds on the amazing walk. When you arrive in paradise at The Sanctuary we will be waiting to welcome you…
If you think you will want to spend more than 1 month in Thailand, we strongly recommend getting a tourist visa in your own country. Most travelers are issued a one month tourist visa upon arrival in Thailand at one of the country’s international airports. If you cross the Thai border by road you will only be given a 15 day visa.
To find out about other resorts on Haad Tien Bay click here.