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Kalume Kradan Village
Reviewed March 7, 2014

This review is for the food only. The place is run by italians, and they offer excellent italian pizza and pasta. The prices are expensive, but so is all food on kradan compared with the mainland.. The bar area is nice, and we spent several evenings here.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

After spending 2 nights on Koh Mook, my wife and I along with our two friends took a long-tail boat to Koh Kradan and arrived at 1:30pm, but we didn't have a reservation anywhere. We remembered reading about a place or two on Koh Kradan, but several places were already booked up or out of our price range (too luxurious). Walking down the beach we finally stumbled upon Kalume Village and after a bit of sorting keys and double-checking the list, we checked into a beach-side bamboo bungalow w/out restroom for 700baht per night and our friends grabbed one with a bathroom for about 1600baht I think, both of these options were equal or less than the other available places on all of Koh Kradan.

Koh Mook was a bit cheaper, but quite honestly, Koh Kradan's long and shallow beach is top-notch and absolutely spectacular. So, we checked in smoothly and chatted with Luigi, one of the owners from Italy whose Italian wife also is the chef. We ate dinner at Kalume twice, and they only offered their Italian food at the time (Thai food was on the menu but not available). We tried different pastas, pizzas, lasagna, etc and although a bit more pricey than other places, the quality was very good and it served as a real treat to get authentic Italian eats next to a wonderful beach. Delicious espresso/coffee also. In general, the food at Kalume was a little more expensive than other restaurants nearby, so we ate lunch at other places since they also had Thai food and we needed our fix of curry, Pad Thai, etc.

Our little bungalow served it's purpose - it had a small deck with a hammock, mattress on the floor and a fan to keep cool at night (electricity was only on between 5pm - 12am). There was a common/shared restroom we used that had a good shower, toilet and sink and it was just a short walk away, so no problem there. Our bungalow was literally 10m from the ocean/beach, it was fantastic. There weren't many bugs at the end of February due to the evening and morning breeze, so no worries about bugspray or mosquito nets... they're not required. Our friends' bamboo bungalow was more spacious, had a big window, nice bathroom, higher ceilings, etc. and they enjoyed that set-up also.

We booked a Thai and oil massage one morning for a reasonable price, and that was excellent. Kalume and snorkeling equipment you could use for free, and tons of hammocks set up in the shade right next to the beach. We woke up and saw the sunrise both mornings we were there on Koh Kradan, and at night we went to each of the two beaches on the west side of the island (Sunset Beach and _____ ) to watch the sun go down. Sunset beach is maybe a 15 minute walk and same with the other beach (forgot name). Swimming isn't as good there because there's rocks and bigger waves. But the swimming on the main beach at Koh Kradan is fantastic. It stays shallow for a while so swimming is best when the tide is in. When it's out, the old/broken coral makes it difficult to walk out to deeper waters. When the water does drop off, there's tons of beautiful living coral and thousands of fish like Sgt. Majors, angelfish, etc. So the snorkeling is really good and endless there. Tour boats come mid-day to drop off people for the snorkeling.

All in all, we had a great time chatting with Luigi and his business partner Mario. Both were very kind and helpful, and down to earth. Their atmosphere at Kalume was chilled out and relaxed, which was really refreshing and comfortable. They even let us play some of our favorite songs, so we were DJs for a little while. We got great sleep, spent hours in the sun and sea, and enjoyed everything about this place.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed here for four nights in February 2014 in a wooden hut set back from the beach.
The huts are small, but have a balcony area with chairs and hammock. The beds pretty hard but have a nice bathroom. The rooms are lovely and cool on an evening.
At the time of visiting they didn't have a thai cook so I cannot comment on the food. It was the start of the holiday so didn't fancy eating Italian.
Ko Kradan is a stunning island! Some of the nicest beaches with turquoise waters which are great to swim in. For this reason it is expensive in comparison to other islands. Don't go here if you're on a budget.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Small but adequate huts with decent mozzie nets and good bathrooms. Not the most extensive Thai menu and the pad Thai wasn't very nice. Very good Italian food! Location excellent. Ko Kradan is truly gorgeous. Nice n quiet at night. Bit pricey for a hut, but think that's the case on ko Kradan.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

We didn't stay here but had lunch here one day as we fancied a break from Thai food. We ordered a pizza and weren't really expecting much due to our remote location but we were pleasantly surprised. The pizza was fab! Really one of the best we've had in Asia and fairly close to what we've had in Italy. We had the spicy salami to share for just over 300 baht and would definitely recommend it.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is the best of a pretty sorry bunch of restaurants on Ko Kradan (excepting, possibly, the very upmarket resort's restaurant, which we did not try). The co-owner, Mario, is an affable and laid-back guy. He knows he is not running a 5 star place, and makes no bones about it, which I respect. The service is lackadaisical, and the Italian food would be laughable in any major Western city, but you're on a tiny island in the middle of the Andaman! I always try to eat Thai in Thailand, but the choices on Kradan were so abysmal, we kept returning here
Just show up, lower your expectations, order a Chang, or five, take in the great view, and everything will be fine.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Used sanitary pads in the shower. Dirty sheets. The most uncomfortable mattress I have ever slept on. Room service (if you want to call it SERVICE) only on demand (the used sanitary pad was not removed even after the so-called cleaning service). Incompetent and unmotivated staff - Completely ignorant owners. Many insects. Overpriced food. It can be resumed in one word - FILTHY!!! We left prematurely... Do yourself a favour and just do not stay there!!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ko Kradan, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Trang Province > Ko Kradan
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Ko Kradan
Price Range: $28 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
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