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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went here for 2 nights and payed 2.400Baht/night for air conditioned room.

We have been disappointed how less we got for our money.

Positive
-friendly staff
- nice bungalow view
- pritty beach
- restaurant with fair prices (100Baht/dish)

Negative
- staff speaks hardly English
- fish and corals are disappointing(may was good in the past)
- bungalows are old, damaged, dirty
- no hot water for shower
- water pressure is too low on washing basin
- wifi in restaurant is bad and breaks down all 10 minutes
- bathroom is ugly with disgusting black mold in washing basin
- air condition is barely working and can't get much colder than 2 degree less than outside temperature.
-Garden area could use a little attention, does not look treated well
- no shoe gel or shampoo provided

All in all, it is overpriced and the room is unpleasant to stay in. You can find much better options.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank DianaPeach
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

We were booked at Koh Wai Beach resort but a week before our arrival we were notified that there had been storm damage and the resort was closed. We had booked through Agoda and they quickly arranged accommodation for us at Pakarang. We were in a beachfront aircon bungalow with the sea literally just over a little pathway. There isn't much of a beach, especially at high tide but the sea is clear and warm with a reef just off the beach. In fact, one can see fish even when standing waist deep in the water. The snorkelling was very good (we are amateurs so seasoned snorkelers may have different opinions). We saw parrot fish, striped and spotted fish and several large shoals of fish. We loved the many neon coloured giant clams. There is a lot of hump coral but some lovely spots of brain coral, sea anemones and the famous blue coral.
The pier has been damaged by a storm and so we were dropped on the beach. When we left a rowing boat took us out to the ferry for transfer. The rooms are fairly basic - hardish bed, cold water shower, no fridge, no safe. However, we found it adequate for our needs. Airconditioning was provided by generator electricity and this malfunctioned several times but was fixed within a reasonable time. One morning my husband woke up covered in bites though I was not. We asked to change rooms and this was dealt with swiftly and we had no problems after that.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. After 6 days there we felt like family. Lisa and Victor came and chatted and provided wifi in the restaurant by using their cellphones as a hub. The food was good though not spectacular but one has to remember that everything has to be brought in from the mainland.
A wonderful spot for a quiet holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank candlewax
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Bungalows are good, we tried 3 while we stayed. Recommend the one located at the highest point. Receptionist lady is a nice helpful Philippine with excellent English. Restaurant is reasonably priced, good food quantity, friendly staff.
The only place on the island with 24 hr electricity.

Room Tip: Last 2 bungalows to the east and the one at the highest point in the middle are the best.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Johnl_bud
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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 166grahaml
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