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Kalume Kradan Village
Reviewed January 25, 2013

This place was a disappointment. It has good potential, but seems poorly managed. Their website makes it sound like an ecovillage, but I don't know what was being done to minimize impact. I never saw recycling or any sustainability efforts.

It doesn't seem like the Managers care about running a business or helping you. This is the only place we were asked to pay up front. No information about the island, free kayaks and how to use, or anything was offered up without us having to seek it out. They don't even give you toilet paper. It is understood that no place in Thailand should you flush toilet paper, but they used that as an excuse to not provide it. They didn't give us any information on how to get there at all.

They have no restaurant, but there are others on the island.

Bungalow was clean, but I did see cockroaches. At least I never saw any rats.

Snorkeling off the shore is AMAZING! This place is expensive, but everything on this island is expensive.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank noelle b
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

My husband and I came here because of the tripadvisor reviews. We were sorely disappointed! We have been traveling around the Southern Thai beaches for a month and this was definitely the most overpriced accommodation we've stayed at. For $40USD (1200 baht) you get a very cramped and basic bungalow. The bungalow is so small that we couldn't unpack our bags and had to go outside to unpack out things in an orderly manner.

When we asked for toilet paper, we were told it was a small island so they don't use it there because the pipes couldn't handle it (EVERY other restaurant/hotel we visited on the island had tp). We had the chance to visit other spots because there is no restaurant up and running at Kalume Village.

The bungalows are very close to each other and we were kept awake by loud guests during both nights we stayed there. There were also cockroaches in the room.

We were very excited by the free kayaks on offer. By the time we had circumnavigated the island, we couldn't figure out why our kayak would almost tip over with each stroke. When we returned, we emptied gallons of water from the kayak that had leaked in through the bottom which was making us nearly tip over. We made the mistake of not checking the kayak bottom before borrowing it, but there were several obvious holes on the bottom, and in my opinion, they shouldn't loan out kayaks in disrepair.

Of all the places we've stayed in Thailand, this was the poorest value and I would not recommend it at all.

The island itself is beautiful and well worth a visit though! Just stay somewhere else!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank ashkap28
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The wooden hut we stayed in was solid and comfortable with a good bed and mosquito net, and the bathroom was one of the best I've seen in a hut without hot water. We paid a rate of B1600 per night for a four night stay, which seems high for beach huts, but feels reasonable value here, due to the lovely peaceful setting.

The informality of the 'honesty bar' was a nice touch and prices were typical for island resorts - B60 for small Change, B40 for Coke and B20 for water. There is not an extensive selection though and no meals are offered, which seemed strange (and somewhat unwelcoming when staff are making delicious smelling Thai food for themselves only!). The resort next door has a reasonable selection of food though, although the prices aren't cheap (strangely except for the delicious Som Tam at only B100).

The lack of cheap meals will bump up the cost of your stay here, unless you bring a supply of snacks.

The beach is great with lovely soft sand, and you can find fish to see if you snorkel in the right places. When we arrived the sea looked dirty though, with brown foam in places, but this cleared after the wind and waves picked up overnight.

One final point, if you haven't booked your onward ferry from here, you will (somewhat unhelpfully) be directed to another resort to make arrangements. We booked a ferry to Koh Lanta, and it actually turned out we were joining the return leg of Koh Lanta tour of the southern islands! This is fine if you aren't in a rush, and a real bonus if you are prepared with snorkel gear to jump off and join the others on the stop on the way back.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mundii
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed at Kalume for two nights and had a very relaxing stay. The beach is beautiful (we generally preferred Kradan over the other two nearby islands we stayed at; Koh Mook and Ngai) and Kalume very laid back. You can get your own drinks from the fridge and borrow snorkel gear or a canoe whenever you like.The wooden bungalow was basic but clean - all we needed. There is (on and off) wifi. The restaurant was not open when we visited, but a breakfast deal was arranged with the place next door and was very good. We also enjoyed a nice Thai massage by the 'house' masseuse with a view of the beach. The hammocks on the beach were our favourite place.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

We loved Kalume! We stayed 5 nights in the wooden bungalow, it was the most relaxing time in Thailand. Very peaceful, laying in the hammock, hear the sounds of the jungle On the backside and the sound of the waves in the front. Luigi, one of the Italian owners Did everything to make our stay as pleasant as possible. He is so nice! The restaurant was closed due to management change but Will open soon. As there is à restaurant (Thai and Italian) next door, this was not a problem at all, just a little bit expensive.. Luigi Also made us some Nice Italian pasta's. The bungalow had a bed, musquito net and a fan. The bathroom is Nice and big, with only cold water, but with the Thai temperature this is no problem. Kayaks are free, you can go around the island. Snorkling is nice, a coral reef in front of Kalume. Try the hammock above the see, you Will love it. Thanks Luigi for making our stay so lovely (and Franco and Mario too)!
Robin & Ilona

  • Stayed: November 2012
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1  Thank Robinenilona
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Reviewed May 17, 2012 via mobile

Nothing bad to say. The manager Alex is great, very attentive to your needs. The rooms are well equipped (euro/us outlets) the fan is all you need on this island. The village is central located on the island. Seven seas definitely has the best food but you pay a premium. Beds are fine. Great place to come as a couple or with a group of friends. Spend the extra money at Kalume and get the premium rooms. The others are fine but don't offer as much privacy.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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3  Thank dwypler
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We fell in love with the island and we’ll definitely go back.

Pro: Friendly staff, free wifi, clean room, best location, best beach, yummy Thai food

Con: Hard mattress (but it seems normal for many other budget accommodation anyway), insufficient supplies for food & drinks (no banana, watermelon, bread, etc. for most of the time we were there - due to low season).

The whole resort/village was right on the beach. The set-up and atmosphere of this place were very lovely.

Room Tip: We booked a Bamboo cottage (900 Baht/night), which was also on the beach. But we've upgraded it...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jarrad C
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Address: Ko Kradan, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Trang Province > Ko Kradan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Ko Kradan
Price Range: $24 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dotato di una spiaggia sabbiosa e di attrezzature per sport acquatici, la Kalume Kradan Village offre un ristorante, massaggi rilassanti, uno sfarzoso giardino tropicale, il WiFi gratuito in tutte le aree, e bungalow ecologici con pareti e pavimenti in legno duro o bambù dai motivi complessi. Immersi in un giardino ben conservato, tutti gli alloggi sono dotati di ventilatore, zanzariera e bagno privato con doccia. Sulla terrazza potrete inoltre dedicarvi alla lettura , rilassarvi con il dondolio dell'amaca o ammirare la vista sul mare e sul giardino. Aperta anche agli animali domestic. La struttura dista 45 km dall'Aeroporto di Trang. Il ristorante in loco serve una vasta gamma di piatti tailandesi e occidentali, Bbq, pizza e pane fatto in casa mentre il bar propone bevande deliziose e una musica piacevole. ... more   less 
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