We stayed at Pakarang for six nights. We spent the first four nights in a standard wooden fan bungalow on the quiet beach. (Note that Pakarang has two beaches. The main beach is closest to the restaurant and is packed with day trippers every afternoon. The other beach behind Reception is smaller, but quieter - very few day trippers stray this far as it looks more like a private area for the resort). The room was very basic, small with fan, mosquito net and cold shower. But for basic island living it did the job! On the fifth and sixth night we upgraded to a concrete bungalow closer to the beach (still on the quieter beach). It cost an extra 400 Baht and was definitely not worth it. The bathroom was disgusting (much worse than the other room) and there were cracks and holes in the walls. The bed was larger and more comfortable though.
The restaurant is open all day. We tried a variety of different foods and we found it best to stay basic - pad thai, omelettes, etc. The spicy seafood salads were great! Anything else we found to be fairly average and bland in taste.
The highlight was being able to walk into the bath warm water and find so many different fish and corals right there! We hired a kayak one day and kayaked around the island stopping at different points to snorkel. The underwater life outside Pakarang is by far the best.
The staff were great and really warmed to us the longer we were there. The lads in the restaurant do a great job and Lisa on Reception is super well organised and knowledgable.
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