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Reviewed February 24, 2012

À littje paradise on à small island. Good snorkelen and great private beaches where you can be all alone, also between 2 and 4, when loads of daytrippers come to the main beach for good snorkeling. Eating here was also Nice and à lot of choice.

Room tip: Check the location of the generator
Date of stay: February 2012
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Thank Arnoldhoogendoorn
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

We spent 4 days at Koh Wai Pakarang December 2011. Happy to leave Koh Chang and Lonely Beach to get some peace and quiet we felt great stepping out of the boat at the Pakarang pier. The beach is really beautiful but during the hours when the packed boats with snorkeling tours from Koh Chang arrives (between 1 pm to 4 pm, everyday) I just got annoyed and didn't really know where to go. There's also a lot of sand flies so if you're like me and tend to get a bunch of bites from whatever bugs - soak yourself up in coconut oil and you should be good!

The room we had was a basic bungalow built up on poles and to be honest I never really felt comfortable in there.. The bungalow was moving with us and the walls seemed to be full of living creatures.. Sure enough, the last night we had an encounter with a giant centipede. I've never met a more nasty living thing in my whole life.. (for those of you wondering if it's still gonna be around - no, not that specific one. It got brutally killed!)
I can assure you that after that I was pretty happy to leave.

Anyways, the people working at the resort was treating us well and even though the standard of the food/service didn't always leave us overwhelmed I found it good enough for a few days. We did as many others seems to do, walked over to Paradise to have food (great!) and enjoy the beautiful white beach over there a few times. if you do, make sure to bring a flash light - the path between the resorts gets really dark and you probably want to be able to see where you put your feet.

Date of stay: December 2011
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1  Thank moretickets
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

This was the journey of my life - I'd just turned 60 - I used all my savings to invite my family on a very nice trip to Thailand.
We arrived as a family of 6 persons in the end of february 2011. We came from another little island, and we saw the water around Koh Wai on our way out to this island. Therefore we desided to go back after some days with lovely beachlife. We met a very kind staff on Pakarang, but unfortunately the could not handle anything without talking in the telephone with somebody in Bangkok. And from then - everything was a disaster. Bugs in the beds, faeces on the walls in the "bathrooms" - many daytourists. Dirty restaurant, even the icebox had black things groving on it. The rooms(we had 4) where nasty, we had to move together, because there where so many bugs in one of the rooms, that we could'nt use it. The food was terrible. Lucky to escape with the first ferry next day, and we vent back to Koh Chang, to try to end our journey in a nice mood. But I cannot reccomend Pakarang actually I would send a warning - NEVER GO THERE! Also it was very hard to get our money (for those two days we did'nt stay there) back.

Date of stay: February 2011
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9  Thank Margrete_11
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

We discovered this island while out on a snorkeling trip from Koh Chang. We had planned on moving from Koh Chang directly to Koh Mak, but after stopping and discovering the amazing snorkeling in the area, decided to stay on Koh Wai. We liked this island better than Koh Chang, since Koh Chang had huge waves, and they advised against swimming in low season due to riptides. Koh Wai was the absolute best place for snorkeling, which is our #1 favorite thing to do while in Thailand. We have been to Krabi, Railay, Phi Phi, Jomtien, Koh Samet, Koh Chang, and about 5 different places in Phuket, and we thought this was better for snorkeling than all of them. Oh Koh Wai you could actually walk right out your door and have an abundance of coral and fish to see. Of course Phi Phi has fabulous snorkeling as well but you usually have to get a longtail boat to take you there. There are also great snorkeling places a short boatride away from Koh Wai. We rented kayaks 2 or 3 days and made our way around the island....definitely worth it! The rooms were very very basic. Don't expect anything fancy about your room, it's basically a concrete bungalow with matresses. The rooms were big enough for a family of four, which is also a selling point for us, as we travel with our two young kids. come for the island and the snorkeling and the crystal clear waters and the friendly staff. Rent a kayak and explore the island and the powdery white beaches around it.
There are only three hotels on the island, and one of which was closed for low season, so we saw maybe 10 other tourists staying on the entire island while we were there, which is just what we wanted. So we actually enjoyed the one-hour of bombardment from daytrippers (which we had just been a few days prior!) We considered it our daily entertainment!
We thought the food was really good at the restaurant, and extremely affordable. I'd expect higher prices being on a tiny island, but prices were equal to or less those in more populated areas.
In summary: 5 stars for location and the island as a whole, 2 stars for hotel rooms.

Room tip: We stayed in A02, two queen beds. But A06 looked quite a lot bigger and nicer, also with two queen beds. Just bigger.
Date of stay: October 2011
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6  Thank borinorge
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Reviewed May 2, 2010

Koh Wai is a little paradise: beautiful small beaches, corral, colorful fish, no road, palm trees, jungle... The Pakarang's bungalows are the best on the island, but still it is a budget resort: don't expect something luxurious! Electricity (24h/24) is made by a generator (it is noisy, ask for a bungalow on the other side/eastern side of the resort!) everything has to be imported, aso.
For us it was perfect, bungalow almost on the beach, on the quietest side of the resort. During the day, many boats come from Koh Chang and bring loads of tourists on a 5-islands cruise, but they stay on one side of the pier so the smallest beach is still quiet + they don't stay very long (still got 4 islands to go! :-) )
Corals and fish are nice and the resort is home to a foundation that help protect and grow corral. There is also a turtle "farm" where they keep baby turtles until they are old enough to go in the sea on their own.
Restaurant food was ok, but we got bored after a while and the staff was very young, not smiling and didn't understand English well (thank god we could point the Thai translation of what we wanted on the menu...). Food at the restaurant on the east side of the island was better & there was much more choice for breakfast at the neighbour resort Koh Wai Paradise. Restaurant at the Paradise felt nicer as well.

Date of stay: April 2010
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6  Thank Chris77CH
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