My first trip to Phuket was in 2000. I was so utterly amazed by the experience I returned just 4 months later. Since that time; I have shared my special place with many friends, got married there in 2005 and purchased a house with dear friends in 2006.
I also met Nok and Somjit Sounmoung on my first trip and it changed my life.
TIP House, and ROBIN House are owned by Nok and Somjit whom I consider family. They also take care of my home while I am in the US. They are wonderful and traditional Thai people.
They are very simple people with no Internet skills; which is why I decided to try and list their two guest houses on airbnb. I stayed in them twice-a-year for six years before we bought our own house. I always loved staying there. It was so delightful and affordable that I want to share the experience with others.
Phuket has changed much over the years and most of the original Phuket that I knew is gone. It is still a marvelous destination and our little neighborhood still has many original businesses and old-school Phuket charm. It's also so close to the beach!
Experience Phuket with my Thai family. I know you will love it!