A lacklustre collection of small guesthouses rent out cheap rooms to travellers who get stuck in Pakbara overnight.
Built in a gravel-paved clearing near a scraggly beach, Bara has an assortment of rooms shaded by palm trees and surrounded by flowers and vines. From the outside, the smaller fan rooms appear appealing, but inside they're grimy, dark and very musty with low ceilings and rough cement walls. The cold-water bathrooms resembled caves and were not much cleaner than an actual cave would be. Air-con... Read our full review of Bara Bungalows.
Just up the road from the pier, Best House has a cluster of rooms in an attached single-floor building and detached concrete bungalows with porches overlooking a fishpond. It's not paradise, but probably the most attractive surrounds of any guesthouse in Pakbara. All rooms come with air-con, TV and private hot-water bathrooms, making this a decent option if you want creature comforts. Rooms in... Read our full review of Best House Resort.
Down a quiet lane that's a short walk from the pier, this newer split-level building is painted in colours resembling chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Decked out with a surprisingly charming pink theme, rooms have soft double beds, TVs, tables and chairs, and basic private bathrooms with cold-water showers and either squat or Western toilets (go on, be wild and go with the squat). Air-con... Read our full review of Happy House.