This place was initially the fruit plantation of my father, Tawee Suwannakarn. The garden comes from his word; when he told us he is coming here, he would say ‘Pai Suan’ (meaning go to the garden) so we called the place this way,” said Mr Santi Suwannakarn, the founder of the The Garden.
“We designed a place where people can indulge, and enjoy as well as gain knowledge about Phuket.”
The branch of one of the oldest gold shops in Phuket with 70 years of experience and craftsmanship. If you are a local Phuketian, it is impossible not to have heard about its long respectful reputation. They also create Peranakan jewelries, a pride of Phuket history.
“We work with specialists in Phuket history to ensure the design stays true to its original form. A lot of people are interested in Peranakan jewelries, including locals, Bangkokians and foreigners such as Singaporean and Chinese people.” Said Mr Santi.
Peranakan Phuket Museum
Entering the second floor of The Garden, you will be surrounded by Phuket memories. The staff is knowledgeable about Peranakan culture and is always happy to help. You can visit a typical house from that era decorated with antiques and tools that were used a century ago.
“Many of these items had been kindly donated by local people who visited us and wanted to share them with the rest of the world. For each item, we express our gratitude stating item’s origin and details about it,” Mr Santi explained.
You will find several traditional costumes to choose from and take a memorable picture with, including Nyonya Set, Baba Set, Yaya Set, Ah Ko Set, Nai Muang Set and Nui Set, all as colourful as it can be. “There are many locals who want to take these unique pictures in traditional dresses or for pre-wedding photos,” said the staff from The Garden.
Yaya Kitchen serves fresh and genuine Phuket local cuisine such as Nam Prik Gung Sieb, Moo Hong, Pad Pak Miang, Senmee Gaeng Pu and Hu Chae, all using the freshest ingredients.
“We grow several organic vegetables and fruits that we use in our dishes. You can walk around the vegetable patch and pick a bean or cucumber and just eat it right away. Everything is free of chemical, fresh and delicious,” he said.
Peranakan Phuket Boutique
This clothing store showcases various pieces of clothing from traditional to modern Peranakan style and accessories from head to toe.
Finish the tour at Piñana, a relaxing coffee shop surrounded by the green gardens; a perfect place to read a book and remember the past.
The Garden Phuket
124/1 Moo1 Srisoonthorn Thalang Phuket 83110
Tel: 076-313556, 076-313031
Open Daily: 09:00 – 18:00