Welcome to your yoga teacher training in Thailand!

Venue Contact Info:

Retreat Center

Name: The Sanctuary Thailand


Location: Haad Tien Bay, Thailand

Phone: 081 271 3614

Primary Contact: Nolan Dalby



Internet: Wifi is available

Water: Clean drinking water is accessible

Laundry: Available just outside of the Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is FAMOUS for their restaurant, spa and detox center!

Flight Recommendations:  

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.

Arrival Instructions:

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.   

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.

Book Extra Days If Desired:

The Sanctuary offers a special rate for Yoga Teacher Training students who would like to extend their stay at the beginning or end of their trip. For rates and reservations, contact Mike at A special offer includes 3 nights FREE if you stay in Zorba dorm!

What to Bring:

  • Lightweight loose clothing (long sleeves and pants recommended for bugs and to protect you from the sun)

  • One white outfit

  • Bathing suit

  • Yoga mat (Mats are provided by the sanctuary, but feel free to bring your own!)

  • Head torch

  • Natural bug repellent and natural sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Hiking shoes & Flip flops/sandals

  • Thermos or thermal mug

  • Biodegradable body products (bug repellent & sunscreen), natural washing detergent

  • Required texts (above)

  • Notebook & writing materials

  • Activated charcoal

  • Cloth bag

  • Arnica & tea tree oil

  • Tongue scraper

  • Water bottle

  • Your passport and passport copy

Please also bring a journal and any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.. You also may want to consider taking and bringing Probiotics to prime your digestive flora with some probiotics before you leave for Thailand and tuck some away in your luggage to have with you while you travel.

Immigration and Visas:

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.


No Vaccinations Necessary.


The currency used in Thailand is Thai Baht (THB).

1 CAD = 24.40 THB

1 USD = 31.23 THB

1 AUD = 23.98 THB