18 Sino-Portuguese Mansions in Phuket Town
Thalang Road is where everyone goes on a Phuket exploration, it’s a nice walk and a must do. But if you too have a passion for old houses, you might want to explore a bit further where some amazing mansions are still standing but often hidden. It is so easy to imagine Phuket hundred years ago when standing in front of one of these beautiful mansions and I enjoy them now because sooner than later, someone will buy them and refurbish with more or less respect for their ‘soul’. Let me show them to you while they are still in their original condition. (These are ‘mansions’, not shop houses).
That magnificent mansion is my dilemma… It used to be the most fascinating building in Phuket and beyond for decades and was recently renovated to host the famous Blue Elephant Restaurant. Unfortunately, while still beautiful, it lost a lot of its original soul in the process… (Read more)
2 – Limpanon House
Limpanon House, an old Phuket family house built more than 100 years ago is now unoccupied. Hidden at the Intersection of Bangkok Road and Phang Nga Road. For long time, the door of the ‘tunnel’ leading to this mansion was locked. For unknown reasons, it is now open, but very few people dare sneaking in. Too bad… here is one of the most mysterious house in town. The light is sometimes on, but every door or window is closed… a bit eerie 😀
3 – Dibuk Mansion
Luang Amnart Nararak Mansion, an amazing large house, currently used a ‘gaz tank delivery’ company, found at the intersection on Dibuk Road and Satun Road. Don’t miss the Kanom Jeen (rice noodles) restaurant at the intersection, you might see me there on week ends!
4 – Thai Airways Offices
A beautifully renovated white mansion now occupied by Thai Airways offices. Here too, people tend to miss it as you have to enter the Thai Airways property to see it and there is a security guard at the entrance.
5 – Thai Hua Museum
A well known beautiful house built in 1911 and which used to be a school. Often hosts stage event during Phuket Town Festivals and other ceremonies. Can be visited. On Dibuk Road. Read more…
6 – Baan Chinpracha
A privately owned mansion, half house and half museum. You can visit it for 130 Baht and discover how life was a century ago. This house appeared in several movies including ‘Heaven and Earth’. It became hard to spot as some condos were built in front of it, just know that is it located on Krabi Road, just next to the ‘easy to spot’ Blue Elephant Restaurant. (Read more)
7 – Raya House
A great restaurant built in an old house on Phang Nga Road. Kept in its original condition, it seems to be frozen in time. Food is great for both lunch and dinner. Just read the Raya House full story here and you will want to go. (Read more)
8 – Private Collection
At the intersection of Tung Ka Road and Bangkok road. This nice mansion was used for long time as an expensive antique shop called ‘Private Collection’. It was refurbished lately, but no sign of an opening, so I’m still trying to find out what it will become.
9 – ‘Kanok Kwan House’
Probably the only Sino Portuguese Kindergarten around! At the intersection of Dibuk Road and Bangkok Road.
10 – Ban Krang Jinda
A restaurant built in an old government building. Beautiful, but unfortunately not very popular. Find it at the intersection of Yaowarat Road and Mae Luan Road.
11 – Mansion behind the Thavorn Museum
Another example of beautiful mansion abandoned probably beyond repair. I have been passing by this area hundred times without ever noticing it, but once you do, its beauty is striking. In the back of Rasada Road, behind the weird ‘Thavorn Museum‘ where the very first Phuket Shopping Center used to be.
12 – House on Bangkok Road
Next to ‘Kanok Kwan House’ just next to the Red Kindergarten above, this is a privately own house
13 – House on Bangkok Road
A beautiful house just across the street of the two houses above. Gates are always closed and house is also privately owned.
14 – The Old Post Office
Located on Montri Road, is now a philatelic Museum. Unless you are into stamp collections, there is not much to see inside. Just next to the new post office.
15 – Mansion on Vichitsongkran Street
Another beautiful old house that seems unoccupied, located on large grounds just next to Thai Hua school on Vichitsongkran street.
16 – House on Satun Road
This house is built on a large land just opposite a school on Satun Road (just between two popular Kanom Jeen Restaurants). It has been for sale for a long time, but didn’t get any buyer possibly due to some building restrictions.
17 – Club on Dibuk Road
I used to admire this almost unknown house for many years. Located on Dibuk road, next to the Shell gas station and just opposite of the very large Puttamonkorn Temple, people tend to drive too fast in this street to pay much attention to it. Finally someone saw its value and rebuilt it entirely while respecting its original look. Really nice work.
18 – Kathu House
A very run down house by the side of the road in Kathu. It used to be part of the large beer storage warehouse.