A homestay away from home

Phuket isn't all about white sands and palm trees, so why not switch it up next time you visit and exchange the touristy beaches for a bit of heritage? 

In the heart of the Old Town, Xinlor House has taken up residence in an unassuming townhouse—easily identified by its bright facade, tall windows and zebra crossing entranceway.

Owned by "Baba" (Phuket-Chinese) locals, the reception area comes with an insta-worthy combination of whitewashed brick walls covered in framed old photographs and a tarnished wooden counter. Head on upstairs past rows of vibrant green potted plants and you'll find an exclusive three guest rooms, each with a fresh white and blue color scheme. 

The Superior Room starts at B1,500, while the Deluxe Room at B2,000 comes with its own balcony—ideal for observing the surrounding Indo-Chinese architecture and local goings on. For a special occasion, the suites come with either a hot tub (B3,000) or balcony (B2,650).

It may not be on the beach, but there's plenty to see and do right on your doorstep, from visiting the Thai Hua Museum to boutique shopping on Thalang Road. If you're still craving some sand, then the peaceful Cape Panwa peninsula is only a short drive away, where you can take a trip to the Phuket aquarium, too.

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