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The Sanctuary Thailand

Something Else…

The Sanctuary Thailand

Something Else…

It´s all about you!

It´s all about you!

The Sanctuary Thailand, something else

Sanctuary: A place of refuge or safety.

Seek out our Sanctuary of wellbeing surrounded by nature and spirituality.

“…It is indeed all about you, over the years all the different people who have been involved to add the different layers to create what it is today…”

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GM at The Sanctuary Thailand.


A little madness, a lot of magic!

It’s amazing what a little madness and a lot of magic can do!

The Sanctuary is a place to simply ‘be’. Reconnect and explore yourself thoughtfully and energetically. Think of us as your recharging point on your journey.

The Sanctuary aims to provide a unique and enriching experience, fuelled by magical people, healing opportunities and a beautiful, restful setting. Through our personal and well thought out menu to our Wellness Centre, to the Spa; we always have our minds on self-care, comfort and harmony. We work to balance the body, mind and soul, with daily and diverse yoga classes and a weekly changing schedule of workshops and talks from our amazing healers. All this heaven is kept safe by the mystical Thai sea. Dive deeper into self-awareness and fun with a retreat like no other. Welcome to your home away from home.

Let us and the bay look after you.

The crew, the heartbeat of The Sanctuary.

The staff here are a wonderful mix of Thai, Karen refugees from the North of Thailand and Burmese migrant workers.

Our Sanctuary Family is diverse but we all have our home in the bay in common. The Sanctuary has been a small family run business since 1991; welcoming all who make it to our remote bay with open arms.

Let´s dance to the same rhythm.

Once you are a ‘bay person’ you are part of our community for life. No matter where you are from, what you do, or who you are – we all dance to the same rhythm.

Recently our waters have been embracing more and more people through word of mouth, social media and some lovely journalistic pieces we’re rather proud of.

This is a place where staff and guests become friends and where friends reunite year after year.

Come with an open heart and mind and see the magic for yourself!


We have noticed many folks ask similar questions, if you can´t find your answer here please fill out the form on our contact page.

How do I get to the Sanctuary?2023-09-29T18:07:00+07:00

Please see our dedicated Travel info page.

Can I Book Accommodation in Advance?2023-09-29T18:06:35+07:00

You can book many of our houses and bungalows in advance, particularly our higher end options.

All of our cheaper accommodation, including our dormitory beds, are non-bookable.

How Does Your Non-Bookable Accommodation Work?2023-09-29T18:06:04+07:00

You just turn up on the day and see what is available!

Please Note: We cannot guarantee availability during High Season.

Can I pay with a Credit Card?2023-09-29T17:38:04+07:00

Sorry, we are unable to accept credit cards.

Unfortunately, there is no main phone line to Haad Tien bay so we can not connect to the banking system, while at the Sanctuary, you will need CASH.

Booking deposit and payment can be made via PayPal (please ask reception)

The nearest ATMs and banks are in Haad Rin, 10 minutes away by taxi boat. We recommend you bring as much cash as you are comfortable with to avoid unnecessary trips to Haad Rin.

Children at The Sanctuary.2023-09-29T17:42:51+07:00

Most people at The Sanctuary Thailand retreat are adults who come here to relax and unwind or are on a personal healing/health/wellness program. We try to create an environment that is peaceful and chilled for all & while, we try to cater for all, we are an adults orientated resort.

Many of us do have children and while they are welcomed here we simply need the parents to be aware of the peace of our other guests and to take appropriate action if their children are disturbing the ambience of the environment they are in: – the communal areas, restaurant, therapy areas, Wellness Centre etc.

Babies and very young kids can easily ‘pop the bubble’ of peace for our other guests who have come specifically for detox and relaxation; while there are probably many other locations more suitable for young families.

We feel that night time is time for adults in the restaurant and prefer children not around the bar after dark when others are socially talking and drinking.

We ask that you please be aware of others that do not have children and keep your children under parental control.

It should also be noted that we do not offer any special child-support, baby sitting , children’s menus, services or facilities. It should also be considered that we are located in an extremely rustic jungle setting. The weather can overly be hot and humid for babies especially. At certain times of the year there can be mosquito-born disease on the Island, as well as other jungle bugs.

The terrain is wild in areas of the resort; where even adults quite occasionally are injured when not taking care of steps, paths and other jungle hazards. Medical Facilities are not near by and transportation in and out, especially at night, is very difficult and often only by boat.
Our air conditioned Sanctuary Gardens rooms offer more child-friendly accommodation, in a flat garden area.

Thanks for taking the time to read our thoughts and for your understanding.

Nolan & The Sanctuary crew

Taxi Boats and getting around.2023-09-29T17:44:57+07:00

Most folk coming to the Sanctuary and Haad Tien bay tend to stay on the bay. While ‘day trips’ are possible it’s not necessarily easy depending on time of year – it means getting taxi transport off the bay and then organizing transport on the other side of the island. One then has to organize transport back to the Sanctuary.

There is a taxi boat service from Haad Rin to Haad Tien (The Sanctuary) as well as taxi boat and truck service out of Haad Tien. This service is provided by local Thai families who set their own terms & conditions.

Travel and Safety2023-09-29T18:09:51+07:00

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance when travelling.
The Sanctuary, given its location, accepts no responsibility for any accidents / injuries or property damage.

Thailand Visas.2023-09-29T18:09:54+07:00

Staying and loving us long time?

Here’s all you need to know:

Most travellers are issued a one month tourist visa upon arrival in Thailand at one of the country’s international airports. Most passport holders can obtain a further 30 days at the local Koh Samui Immigration office – However it is recommended you visit your own countries Thai embassy for specifics, as countries do differ.

If you think you will want to spend more than 1 month in Thailand, we recommend getting a tourist visa in your own country.

If you cross the Thai border by road you will only be given a 15 day visa.

Interested in hosting a workshop at the Sanctuary?2023-09-29T18:09:49+07:00
Electricity and WiFi?2023-09-29T18:14:51+07:00

We have 24-hour electricity and all rooms have several plug sockets (you will need to bring an adaptor with you for international appliances and should also check the voltage compatibility)

WiFi is available throughout the Sanctuary.

Do You Offer Airport Transfers?2023-09-29T18:22:03+07:00

We do not offer any transport services.

However we can arrange a Private Speedboat to or from the airport for you at 7,500 THB one way.

The driver can collect you from Koh Samui airport, take you to the boat and bring you directly to The Sanctuary. We can also arrange a return journey when leaving The Sanctuary.

For safety purposes, the driver will not operate after dark.

Please book at least one week prior to your arrival with us via Reservations ( and at least one day prior to your departure from The Sanctuary with Reception.

What is the Weather Like Throughout the Year?2023-09-29T23:48:47+07:00

Our High Season is mid-December to mid-April and during this period sometimes the waves can be high

  • December through to January the weather can be somewhat erratic.
  • February and March we usually have great weather.
  • April and May are 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 the end of August is another busy season, with great weather and calm seas.
  • September and October are quiet months, also with probably the nicest temperature, weather and calm seas.
  • November is monsoon: now the waves pick up again and it’s the rainy season. This can mean sunny days & intermittent showers to occasional deluges.

Every season has its own pleasures, come and discover!

Haad Tien Bay – Our Home

Paradise found….

Our unique beachfront resort sits between the sandy shores of Haad Tien Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand. We are surrounded by a magical coconut grove, and backed onto the hillside jungle. No roads, traffic or chaotic streets. Just nature, tranquility and good vibes.

We are easily accessible by a 5 minute long-tail boat ride from Haad Rin Beach.

Haad Tien Bay is situated on the east coast of Koh Phangan – an island known for its Thai friendliness and, more recently, for its famous full moon parties in Haad Rin.

The bay is two beaches away from Haad Rin and therefore offers the best of both worlds – the chance to experience the clubs and parties of Haad Rin, and yet you can easily return to the peace and tranquility of an unspoiled island bay with excellent swimming, snorkelling and relaxation facilities.

You can also walk to Why Nam Beach and Haad Yuan Beach – along with Haad Tien, these 3 bays make up our small community. Why Nam is very small and peaceful, with just one bungalow resort and a restaurant. Haad Yuan is more developed, and great for swimming. We encourage you to walk, explore, and enjoy everything our 3 bays has to offer!

There are several different budget bungalow resorts in Haad Tien all offering a unique style of food, accommodation and an assortment of extras.

The beach is kept clean and we all endeavor to take care of ecological waste and, through cooperation, keep this bay very special for all of our visitors and long term residents. In addition to providing a family-type atmosphere, it is a unique place in a fast-changing world.

Theft within the Bay is practically unknown as access is limited to boats, or a stiff jungle walk.

The rocks and crystals.

Our resort is built on ancient granite quartz crystals.

The ocean tumbled granite is unique, combining both the elements of water and earth, flowing yet rooted, emotions and practicality mixing. The granite grounds us and keeps us focused whilst allowing us to flow and overcome obstacles.

You cannot help but be embraced by this energy.

Our land and water.

We are located on Koh Phangan Island, tucked away on the remote beach of Haad Tien.

Named after the local Tien trees that grow along our beach line. These trees are hundreds of years old and said to hold healing properties. They connect the land and sea, offering protection, luck and growth.

Our living jungle juxtaposes the concrete of the modern world. This jungle breathes and sighs. Just like the water it will hold you safe in its arms. Take your time here to watch and listen, you will be rewarded. The sea here can be calm and crystal clear, or powerful and raw; depending on the time of year.

But always cleansing, always vibrant and always watching over us with a deep turquoise gaze.


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Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

by David Wagoner (1999)