The Sanctuary is located on the small, beautiful tropical island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, a sister island to Koh Samui. We are nestled into the corner of Had Tien Bay and are most easily accessed via Had Rin Town – normally by boat, or by car when the waves are too high for sea travel.
The Sanctuary Thailand is “…quite magical.” - The Times UK – February 2008
Getting to Paradise
The most direct way to get Ko Phangan 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 Phangan island is easily accessible by boat from several places in southern Thailand. Most boats arrive on Koh Phangan at one of two towns, Tong Sala or Had Rin. If your boat lands in Tong Sala, go to Had Rin town via taxi truck (20 minutes, 100 baht per person), where you can get a car taxi, or boat taxi, to Had 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 Had Tien Bay (get off at the second stop Had Tien Bay). The journey is approx one hour.
Mae Nam is about 15 minutes by taxi from Samui Airport.
Please note however that if the waves are big this boat doesn’t run. If you are unsure, you can phone our reception anytime from 8am on 081 271 3614 to find out if the boat is running that day.
“…The Sanctuary serves some of the best vegetarian food this side of California…”
The Guardian UK
There are also 4 ferry boats a day from the Haad Rin Queen Ferry Pier at Big Buddha Pier to Had Rin: 10:30, 13:00, 16:00 and 18:30.
This ferry takes about 50 minutes, and it runs in all weathers!
Big Buddha Pier is about 10 minutes drive by taxi from Samui Airport.
When you arrive in Had Rin on Koh Phangan, there will be taxi boat drivers waiting for customers bound for Had Tien. Please note that if the waves are high or there are few customers, the boat drivers may charge a higher price.
If the waves are too high for boat travel, there will be a taxi jeep waiting. This journey is quite an adventure! It takes about 40 minutes over mostly rough jungle track.
Both the taxi truck and the taxi boat journeys cost around 200-300 bt per person.
If you wish to have a private charter speedboat to whiz you off to paradise this can also be organized (6,000B to 6,500B depending on weather and time). This gets you directly on to the beach less than an hour after you touch down at Koh Samui airport.
From the city of Surat Thani:
Many ferry companies offer boats directly to Koh Phangan, or via Koh Samui. The journey from Surat Thani/Donsak to Tong Sala takes around 2.5 hours. The boats land at Tong Sala town on Koh Phangan and you can to get a taxi truck to Had Rin, where you can catch a boat taxi or taxi jeep to The Sanctuary.
From other parts of the island:
The easiest way to get to us is via Had Rin, adn by taxi boat from there. If you are already on the East Coast of the island, the Thong Nai Pan ferry boat travels between Had Tien and Thong Nai Pan/Than Sadet twice a day from March to October.
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From Had Rin:
Taxi boats leave from Sunrise beach in Had Rin throughout the day – the taxi boat drivers will often ask you to wait for more customers to arrive.
To improve your chances of getting a boat quickly with other passengers, head to the ferry port when the boats from Koh Samui come in at 11.20am, 1.50pm, 4.50pm and 7.20pm. The ferry port is just 5 minutes walk from Sunrise Beach.
If the weather prevents the boats from running, or if you are feeling particularly energetic, we recommend the beautiful walk from Had 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…
For your departure, the ferries leave Had Rin at 9.30am, 11.40am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm, and arrive at Koh Samui 50 minutes later. This means that for any flight out of Samui before midday, you will need to either spend your last night in Samui or travel by private speedboat.
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 Had Tien Bay click here.