Kalume is quite a cozy place. The manegement/owners are italians and the restaurant/bar area is attractive in a very backpacker/Ibiza like way. They have huts in different standards/priceranges, from basic bamboo huts to a bit nicer looking woodhouses, to the newly built familyhouse we stayed in. We were happy with the familyhouse, though it aesthetically felt a bit out of place on a tropical island. Fans were nice, a lot more pleasant than aircon. Overpriced, but so is everything on Kradan, it seems.
The big drawback was the food. It was expensive (as on many thai islands) but also not very good. They had just changed chef, which could explain some of it, but it seemed as they just didn´t think the food mattered a lot. I had the worst pad thai here I ever tasted, it fact it didn´t in any way resemble pad thai, as it didn´t have any beansprouts, peanuts, green onions, prawns and didn´t even taste vaguely like pad thai. (...it was thin noodles (ba mee-like) fried with kale and nothing else)
One day when I asked for some nam pla prik to try to spice things up a bit, they brought me soy sauce with a chili in it. A thai kitchen without fish sauce? This could explain why the dishes tasted so un-thai like. If they took the food more seriously, this place would improve greatly, but the food for many thai travellers matters to much to be third rate.
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