On one hand, we keep going back to Phuket and one of its stylish resorts because it's convenient to get to, and affordable;on the other hand, everytime we go back there's this sense of deja-vu and 'been there done that' one gets when seeing a place very often.
So whilst strolling around the Bang-Niew temple area in Phuket town one day we stumbled across what looked like an art gallery offering B&B. And that's exactly what Phuket 346 is. Simple but incredibly - yes, incredibly - tasteful, and clean! This was truly so refreshing and different for the jaded tourist ghetto that is Phuket that we even decided to stay the night.
The gallery presents some thought-provoking artists (no shallow brain-dead jet-set small talk here!), and the cafe food is 'Thai home cooking' which you will NOT find in any hotel in Phuket. Really, you won't! The staff are so personable and friendly it feels like you're at home.
Kudos to Phuket 346! This is way ahead of its time for Thailand because it dispenses with any of the touristy Thai cliches that Phuket sells by the bucket load. It would really be spot on in cities like Bangkok or Chiang Mai, or even overseas - so if you're occasionally tired of triangular daybed cushions, watery Tom Yang Kung, breakfast buffet queues, tour coaches & beaches where peddlers tout massages every 5 minutes then this is truly and definitely something for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Phuket 346 - 3 rooms only. All rooms are simple in their design,but not wanting in creature comforts, with local hardwood floors, high ceilings, white walls, with a wall of yellow or black where appropriate,and art. Each has a bathroom with shower,fresh towels and bed linen and each has views over the busy Bangniew junction of Phuket town,and its green-red changing lights. ... more less
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