The Sanctuary Thailand Spa Resort
Can I book accommodation in advance?
You can book many of our houses and bungalows in advance, particularly our higher end options. All our cheaper accommodation, including dorm beds, is non-bookable.
How does your non-bookable accommodation work?
You just turn up on the day and see what is available!
Do you have electricity?
We have 24 hour electricity and all rooms have several plug sockets. You may wish to bring an adaptor with you.
Do you have wifi?
There is now good wifi throughout The Sanctuary.
Do you offer airport transfers?
We do not offer any transport services – however we can arrange a private speedboat for you. Please see travel directions below.
Please tell me about the different seasons.
Our HIGH SEASON is mid December to mid April (after Songkran). During this time we are extremely busy!
In terms of weather, during this period the waves can be high, and December through January can be somewhat erratic. February and March usually have great weather.
April and May are quieter and very hot. June is one of our quietest periods and still hot, though a little more forgiving! During these months the sea is very calm and flat.
Mid July to end of August is another busy season, with great weather and calm seas.
September and October are quiet months, with great weather and calm seas.
November is monsoon: now the waves pick up again and its rainy season.
Every season has its own pleasures!
How can I pay?
We are CASH ONLY – we are unable to accept credit cards!
There are banks and ATMs in Had Rin, 10 minutes away by taxi boat; we can change most foreign currencies here, and we charge a 5% commission.
How do I get there?
The most direct way to get Ko Pha Ngan is to fly from Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur 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.
By Boat from mainland:
Koh Pha Ngan island is easily accessible by ferry from Surattani.
Ferry arrives on Koh Pha Ngan in Tong Sala town. From Tong Sala take a taxi truck to Had Rin town (100 B per person) where you can get a boat taxi (from Sunrise beach) or a car taxi (from the pier) to Haad Tien Bay, home of the Sanctuary.
From Koh Samui:
The easiest way to get to The Sanctuary, between mid March 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 the Sanctuary (get off at the second stop Haad Tien Bay).
Please be aware that if the waves are big this boat doesn’t run.
There are also 4 ferry boats a day from Big Buddha Pier to Haad Rin: 10.30, 13.00, 16.00, 18.30. Big Buddha pier is approximately 10 minutes drive from Samui Airport. The journey from Samui to Had Rin on Koh Pha Ngan is about 50 minutes.
From Had Rin pier you can take a taxi boat to Had Thien. The boats will cost approx. 300-400 B and the journey takes approximately 15 minutes.
Also you can walk to Sunrise beach – 10 min walking from the pier. From there you can get a taxi boat for 200-300 B per person and the ride takes about 10 min.
Please be aware however that if you are travelling alone, at night, or the waves are big, the boat drivers may charge you more. If the waves are very big the boats do not run – in this case, there will be taxi jeeps running, which will cost about the same at the boat and the journey takes approx. 40 minutes – 1 hr.
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.