Doesn't quite fit
When walking past Pakarang's not-so-tasteful concrete walkways and rooms that come in an arbitrarily large selection of similar styles, we had the sense that it was thrown up quickly with little thought as to how it might affect the environment.
You can choose between bland but spacious concrete villas with lots of windows, dark rooms in single-floor motel-style blocks with tacky fake wood siding, rooms in a blazing white concrete structure that rely on shared bathrooms, or decent wooden fan bungalows with porches perched on stilts over the hillside. Thin beds are placed on raised platforms, with mosquito nets in the bungalows, and rooms are reasonably well kept. Families are well served by a variety of large rooms. The resort has a heavy-duty generator that provides electricity 24 hours a day, though this does not get you hot water, TVs or fridges in any of the rooms. We found the uniformed staff members watching the flatscreen TV in the restaurant, which serves a bland mix of Thai and Western fare. The beach in front of Pakarang is quite narrow and we found the atmosphere less inviting than at the other three bungalow joints. On the other hand, those who must have air-con (or at least a fan that stays on all night) will find it here.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 16th March, 2014.