Tasteful teak cottages
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Another intimate and tastefully done resort at the centre of Khlong Nin, Baan Pakgasri has just nine rooms set close together on a fine section of beach. Rooms make up for being jammed into two tightly packed rows with an elegant teak wood design.
Perhaps because there’s so few of them, a lot of detail has gone into the bungalows. Each is made from solid teak – both inside and out – with thoughtful amenities like a mini-fridge filled with bottled water, an electronic safe to stow your valuables while sun-tanning, and a rainshower seamlessly built into the ceiling of the bathroom. The double-sized beds are firm, but not in a back-breaking way, and some bungalows have enough floor space to add an extra cot for children. Internet addicts will be happy to know that there is free wireless internet and it reaches all of the bungalows and even the beach.
But our favourite thing about the bungalows is that they’re just steps away from the white sand of Khlong Nin Beach. Though only the rooms in front have an onubstructed view, each bungalow has a furnished balcony and this is where the staff serve your breakfast each morning. Included in the room rate, breakfast is your choice of scrambled or fried eggs, toast, fresh fruit, juice and tea or coffee (instant, of course).
In terms of facilities, Baan Pakgasri Hideaway is pretty basic. It lacks a restaurant (hence breakfast on the balcony) nor does it have a beach bar, spa or swimming pool. But the simplicity of the resort means that your beach time won’t be interrupted by loud music or the persistent cry of “Massage?” If you are looking for somewhere nearby to have dinner, Baan Pakgasri Hideaway has an arrangement with the restaurant at Lanta Miami Resort which is owned by the same group down the beach, and they will also let you use their pool.
Since it's such a small operation, you’ll quickly get to know the Thai family who run Baan Pakgarsi, as well as their cat, who can usually be found napping atop brochures for snorkelling trips and cooking classes in the reception area. Though their English is limited, they’re very welcoming and will pick you up from the Saladan pier with advance arrangements.
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.