Hotel: Pakasai Resort Krabi

We arrived at Pakasai Resort at 10 o'clock at night and headed in to check in. I had booked through Expedia, and despite the late arrival, reception was open and check in was smooth.

As you finish checking in, you enter the main gateway to be greeted by lovely landscaped greenery, a lovely walk through the resort to the rooms. Our room was a superior grand room, which was a good size with a little balcony to boot, which was convenient to hang up our clothes after a day of swimming. The room itself was well maintained and decorated nicely. As with a lot of Asian hotels, their king bed is actually two single beds lumped in together. Comfortable, but not ideal. Pillows were lovely and soft!

Pakasai Resort - Bedroom

Bathroom came with standard shower gel and shampoo and some toiletry kits. The water temperature and pressure were great, quick to respond to changes - as with some of the places in Thailand, you do get the occasional whiff of sewage from the toilets, but it wasn't persistent.

Pakasai Resort - Toilet

The breakfast spread was decent - good combination of cereal and bread, local fruits and hot breakfast options. We had lunch at the hotel once as well, but found the food at the restaurant rather average and a little pricey.

Pakasai Resort - Breakfast

Staff were always friendly and helpful, from organizing tours, to just any general enquiry about the room. You do have to keep your language fairly simple sometimes, but for the most part, communication was straightforward.

Pakasai Resort is just a little bit off the main stretch of road in Aonang. It's far enough that it's quiet, and about a 15-20 minute walk to the other end of Aonang Beach. Plan your trip to the town properly to avoid paying tuk tuks multiple times! There's a tuk tuk stand just down the road for those who want to get to places faster, otherwise it can be around thirty minutes just from the resort up to the further end of Moo 2.

There was also a 7-11 and a couple of massage parlours right across the resort, which was convenient for any last minute buys!

Great for those who want a bit of privacy, but still be able to be close enough to the main road.

Hotels: Tirant Hotel

We came in to drop off our bags at 930am as we got in earlier than we had planned and we were lucky that rooms were available. We were even upgraded to a couple of deluxe rooms, and the staff gave us a quick run through and explained to us that there were ongoing renovation works right next door and to let us know if we found it too noisy and they would help us change rooms or move to another hotel.

Tirant Hotel

The location was right in the middle of the Old Quarter, about a ten minute walk to Hoan Kiem lake and the nearby shops.

Our room was spacious with clean, classic furnishings - furnishings may have been a little bit dated, but otherwise well maintained. Air-conditioning worked well, and the room had the basic amenities including toiletries, welcome drinks and a well stocked mini bar. Our toilet had glass walls, but it wasn't see through - although it did seem a bit unusual at first! Hot water was responsive and water pressure was good.

Breakfast was up on the 11th floor, with a rooftop view. Spread was slightly above average, with a selection of fresh fruits, an omelette corner and a different selection of hot foods and average pastries.

Staff were definitely very helpful, from helping us organize local tours to always greeting us with smiles, to helping us post our postcards at the local post office to prompt room service. It was really fantastic service! Their staff were definitely the strongest asset to the hotel!

CONS: Because of renovations, the room is noisy during the day. Renovations stop at 630, so if you're out all day it doesn't make too much of a difference, but probably not for families with young children who need a nap. Also, in the lower rooms with the windows, you'll be directly facing the restaurants on the opposite side of the road, which can be noisy up to about 10pm.

Otherwise it was a good hotel base to explore Hanoi and the old Quarter, to walk down the winding streets and see the way the locals live.