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Come to visit us and enjoy eight days of celebration and self -discovery. Walking through white sand beaches, making new mindful friends, breathing our yoga twice a day and expanding your connection to personal self-development through our transformational Awakening & Healing program. Samma Karuna is an international school of awakening and mindful community. Our program provides a holistic combination of activities designed to heal and harmonize body, mind, and soul. At Samma Karuna we are all connected by a common purpose of bringing our light for a better world and actively engaged in learning from each other, including staff, residents and volunteers.
We are nestled amongst the palm trees, beautiful beaches, and jungle landscapes of Koh Phangan. The island is a perfect environment for self-discovery and self-development. There are many lodging options available in the area offering a wide range of amenities.
Type A: Comfortable bungalow with A/C, Amenities and sea view
Type B: Standard private bungalow with A/C
Type C: Private simple Bungalow with FAN
Our philosophy is that we believe that mindfulness will help us face our everyday and long term loss, disappointments, and difficulties. We enjoy the life we have, instead of escaping or fantasizing about some other life. By being more aware of our body, thoughts and emotions we will receive signals about whats out of balance. Mindfulness teaches us to respect these signals and welcome them instead of pushing them away.
Over the past decades, researchers and mental health professionals have been discovering that mindfulness practice can alleviate many kinds of psychological suffering. Mindfulness helps us understand what lies at the root of our behavior and thus it has the power to transform negative habits, making our lives rich and meaningful. At Samma Karuna, we are dedicated to practice mindfulness during all our daily activities. We are confident that this is the best medicine that will enable us to build our new life.
* Extra activities available depending on the day.
** Sundays are off
Samma Karuna is located about 4 km north from Tong Sala (commercial center of the island and where the pier is located). School is located in Sri Tanu area and about 100 m from 7-Eleven Sri Thanu.
Flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui
The nearest airport is in Koh Samui. Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. See http://www.bangkokair.com/eng for more information about this.
A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (see ferry info below).
Flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani
Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily; flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani airport to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about 1 hours. At Donsak, you transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes 3 hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.
There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station (Sia Thai). The journey takes about 10 hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around 3 hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.
Ferries from Samui To Koh Phangan
The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08.00 and 13.00.
The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08.00, 11.15, 12.30, and 17.00.
The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10 minute drive.
The Lompraya peir is 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this in consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier.
Ferries from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui
The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11.00 and 16.30.
The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 07.15, 11.00, 12.00, and 16.20.
From Koh Samui airport, there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan (this is usually available as a free service). Please ask for this service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran/Lompraya ferry counter as you exit Koh Samui airport.
Local taxis are available from the pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Samma Karuna Srithanu. Please print out instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver, this will avoid any unnecessary delay and frustration. Taxis are approximately 200 - 300 THB per person.
Trains leave Bangkok several times daily; the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available on some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Peir takes about 1 hours. From Donsak; the ferry journey takes 3 hours to Koh Phangan.
There are 2 companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about 6 hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about 2 hours.