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Reviewed 2 June 2016

Advantage is privacy; it is small hotel with bungalows located just on the sea frontline.
Activities – swimming and snorkelling, kayaking, walk around This hotel and island itself are the place to relax from crowded cities.
Hotel offers limited comfort, but electricity is available 24hrs a day, toilet and shower in the bungalow, mosquito net around the bed
Really cheerful staff. Food in the local café is good enough, but there is lack of fresh fruits. In the bar list there is the beer only. Others guesthouses have good cafes as well.
Internet is in the café and at reception, but not fast and not all the time.

Room Tip: Concrete bungalows are more comfortable
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank LaoWei812
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

There are 5 resorts on Koh Wai, 4 of them are next to Pakarang, the other one is on the other side of the island - Koh Wai Beach Resort.

Paradise huts are so basic you may as well sleep on the beach (no fan in room, no power in room at all, just a single light which goes off at 10.30pm) and save yourself 300-500 baht, same can be said for Grand mar Huts and the other one beginning with P, I forget the name. Pakarang rooms are nicer but more expensive. My advice would be to stay at one of the other places if you don't want to pay 1200 baht for Pakarang, then use the Pakarang restaurant for wifi and power (obviously order something). Prices are cheap considering location, 90 baht for a big Chang beer.

Pakarang also has TV with cable for sports and you can use that facility 24 7 - the owners just ask you to switch the TV and lights off when you leave. Wifi went off about 11pm. Power is on 24 7.

I was grateful to this place because we would have struggled without power and internet for the 2 nights we were on Koh Wai, and the football on TV was a bonus.

If you're considering pitching a tent on the beach be mindful that all the resort owners will moan at you if they see you. They don't own the beach, the King does, and they have no right to tell you not to stay there, but that doesn't stop them.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank graham l
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

Stayed at the Pakarang for a week in a pretty basic hut that had a bedroom, a small bathroom with flushing toilet and a nice little balcony. But it had the most gorgeous view of the beach - but it got pretty windy at night and we could hear the waves crashing - rather lovely, if noisy! The food in the restaurant was excellent with very friendly staff but if you're going to be there for a few days you should explore the island a little more for other places to eat. it's a bit of a rough path to other 'resorts' but easy enough to find them as there's only one path on this tiny island - no roads. It's about a 30 min walk to other places either side of the Pakarang. Grandma's huts restaurant definitely worth a visit - very kind man who owns it offered us fresh fish he'd just caught and although accommodation round there is even more basic than Pakarang, they do have the most beautiful beach on the planet. If you walk in the other direction towards the Paradise you'll get slightly more people (for Ko Wai) and a couple of other good places to eat. The only 'issue' we had was that every day Russian day trippers come over for a couple of hours on pleasure boats, but to be honest there's so little to do on the island that it was good to have something to look at! excellent snorkelling on Ko Wai too.

Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

Very good (renew) Bungalow with AC near the beach
Good staff and fine and not too expensive foods
Only cash Payment so take enough with you
A lot of tourists between 11 Am and 3 PM but before and after very quiet island
During tourist peak time just go on the left beach ,sam ans as good for snorkel but we very less people.
Good idea for a short stay to enjoy beach and swim during 2 or 3 days
Wifi available at restaurant

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank gillou29
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

We stayed at Ko Wai Pakarang resort coming on a day trip called "4 islands snorkling trip" which we booked for 700 baht, but we decided in advance that we would stay overnight in Ko Wai, which was the last island on the tour. The snorkling trip was great, but using it to go to Ko Wai actually was a saver because the trip from Bang Bao to Ko Wai alone costs 300 or 400 baht.

Arriving at the pier, we were just facing the Pakarang resort on the left, which was the only one open at the end of April and it was going to close as of May 1st (off season). We were thus the only tourists staying overnight. This meant we had the sunset and morning entirely for ourselves.
There were a couple of other tourists staying a bit further on the right along the small path along the beach, where there are some wooden huts (very little comfort). And further away, there is the Paradise resort, but it was closed. The huts seem very primitive though.
The Pakarang resort is the only one that offers electricity and either fan or AC, which we really needed as April is a really hot season. The bungalows are all different and differently priced, slightly overpriced comparing to Ko Chang but the location is just something idyllic and unique. They also need to use a generator to provide electricity, which explains that rooms with AC are a bit expensive.

Anyway we took a bungalow with 2 double beds and a bathroom and fan, called "family room" which were offered, reduced for 1200 baht (in season : 1600 baht).
The room was basic and had mosquito screen, which was really necessary. Of course sand comes into the room as you come from the beach all the time. It was nice to sit on the porch. The view was stunning.

We loved it. We had the beach in front of us, for us alone !
The tourists only arrive around 14:30 and leave around 16:00, but the rest of the day you are by yourselves.

The water is so clear, blue/green, and full of wonderfully colored fish, stripped, spotted and speckled in the most incredible and bright colors. And they swim around you with no fear.
If you are with kids, you can bring some bread to feed them and they will surround you and jump for the bread. You can do this standing, having the water to the waist, and dont even need a mask as the water is so clear you seem them standing iin the water all around you. The kids were delighted.

You can also rent kayaks or snorkling gear and try snorkling a little further towards the paradise resort, on the other side of the pier, or between both piers.

As for the Pakarang restaurant, it really delicious, we loved the food and the soups were just incredible. It's a little pricier than on Ko Chang, but again remember all the food needs to be brought by boat. And it is not more expensive than the other restaurant located next to the other pier, just before Paraside resort: we went there but prices were MORE expensive than at the Pakarang, and service really bad, so we left.
At Pakarang, the fruit shakes were just delicious in the hot sun.

One drawback though, the hotel staff really speaks very little English except for one nice Philippino lady. she was actually really helpful because to go back from Ko Wai to Ko chang, we needed to have a boat called specially for us, and she took care of that.

Ko Way Parakang resort will remain the highlight of our stay in the Ko Chang area: being alone on this beach and snorkling was the most beautiful thing we did during the whole trip.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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