Sino-Portuguese mansion in Phuket to open for first time in 50 years for lucky guests

A Chinese-colonial mansion on the island of Phuket will open during Songkran for a lucky group to stay as part of a campaign to promote the island.

Considered the largest Baroque-style Sino-Portuguese mansion, Ban Phra Pitak Chinpracha, or Governor’s Mansion, will be listed on Airbnb for anyone quick enough to book an exclusive three-day, two-night stay from April 15-17. Up to four people can online booking for only 50 USD (1,700 THB). Opening of reservations at 8:00 a.m. on April 5.

Built at the end of the reign of King Rama V by successful local businessman Phra Pitak Chinpracha, the 119-year-old mansion once hosted many dignitaries from out of town. It is still one of many neoclassical heritage homes on the island after it was restored to preserve its original fixtures, including patterned tiles and teak floors.

Its first floor now houses the Blue Elephant restaurant. In addition to Phuket-style antiques, furniture and artwork from up-and-coming designers Kitt Ta Khon, Masaya, Sumphat Gallery, Thaniya and Mo Jirachaisakul will be on display.

The exclusive stay is organized by Airbnb and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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