Baan Ar Jor, a World War I Sino-colonial 3-story mansion that originally belonged to the proprietor’s great-grandfather has now been developed into a tourist attraction, featuring a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant and retro boutique accommodation.
The owner, Mr. Odd, would be more than happy to relate some of the interesting facts about every nook and cranny of the house in a very entertaining way.
A house that once belonged to the proprietor’s great-grandfather.
The house of the “Hongyok” family was built in 1936, about 50 kilometers from Phuket, and was originally intended to be used as accommodation for the family and care for their miners.
However, when the mining industry stagnated, the house became abandoned for 37 years.
It was not until the 4th generation descendants decided to give it a makeover and bring the house back to life as a gift to their grandfather who was then suffering from cancer (miraculously the grandfather recovered before the house’s renovation was completed), and decided on the name “Baan Ar-Jor”, or “Grandfather’s House”, which was Luang Anuphas Phuket, the first and original homeowner.
The repairs started since 2016 and took a full 3 years and tens of millions of baht and the help of several experts, before it could be completed. And the result is what it is today.
The exterior features a Ganesha shrine, where visitors can write their wishes on a wooden sign. And then hang it in a small arch in front of the deity.
The first thing you see when entering the house is a prominent painting of a peony, painted by a Russian artist, LUDALET, who also lives in Phuket.
Peonies represent women, which were considered the heart of every home in those days as it was the duty of men to work outside the home.
Besides Ganesha, the house also features a statue of the god, Guan Yu sitting on a throne, which conveys prosperity, peace, and tranquility.
There are prayer scriptures requesting blessings, as well as fortune-telling sticks, or locally known as “siem-si”.
As for souvenirs, they also have a shop that sells products sourced from communities, which is not limited to only Phuket, but also communities from other provinces, such as the three southernmost border provinces.
The second floor features accommodations for tourists, as well as Mr. Odd’s bedroom.
Yes, that’s right, the landlord still actually lives here.
Another room features a high bed which was used by grandpa and grandma on their wedding night.
Originally, Baan Ar Jor opened up the house for tourists to stay in 8 rooms.
However, upon converting the place into a museum, only 1 room was left, which is currently priced at 8888 baht per night, which also includes unlimited dining at “Toh-Daeng” (red table) Restaurant, except for some menus such as lobsters.
Don’t worry, you won’t be sleeping alone in this big mansion, as Mr. Odd, the proprietor, will also sleep in the next room.
Toh-Daeng Restaurant at Baan Ar Jor
The family’s dining room was renovated into a Penang atmosphere restaurant with an emphasis on using raw materials sourced from the local community.
The food taste here is intense but not too overly spicy, making it easy to eat, reasonably priced, and guaranteed from its Michelin Bib Gourmand award.
Complete your meal with a delightful sour ice cream made from mulberries planted behind the house or top it off with a strong coffee made from coffee beans brought in from Chiang Rai.
Map, Opening Hours, Pricing
Baan Ar Jor, Phuket
• 102 Thep Krasattri Rd, Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
• Daily 10.00 – 21.00 hrs.
• Entrance fee is 200 baht, where part of the proceeds will go towards caring for children who were physically and mentally abused or lack funds for further studies.
• Room rate is 8888 baht per night, which includes an unlimited time buffet (except for some menu items).
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