When mentioning an upside down house, many of us from the older generation automatically think of the series of books entitled Mrs. Piggle Wiggle where a small lady lives in a house where everything is upside-down. And I’m sure most, or at least some of you, myself included, imagined as kids what it would be like to live in a house where instead of walking on the floor you would walk on the ceiling, and that everything in the house is overturned, flipped and tilted.
Now imagine driving down a road and coming upon an upended house balanced its gables. That’s the experience for visitors to Baan Teelanka, not only Phuket’s, but Thailand’s first upside-down house, and the island’s latest and most impressive, yet confusing, tourist attraction. From the outside, it looks exactly like it’s a normal western style residence with a car parked in the driveway, except this artistically parked on its roof.
Inside this three storey, two-bedroom home, TVs, a microwave, tables, chairs and sofas dangle above visitors who navigate the home’s ceilings, steering around light fixtures. Magazines are placed on tables, clothes thrown on the beds, and various other items lay in place making it seem as though the family has just left the rooms. Kid’s toys, a paddling pool, a bike, work tools and even a tuk -tuk hang overhead. Literally everything in the home is topsy turvy. But in this house it is the visitors who feel they are ones turned on end.
If your mind hasn’t been boggled enough from walking around a house where everything is hovering above your head, then head out to the garden. No, this isn’t also upside down, but is home to the brain-puzzling A-Maze, a 950m2 hedgerow garden maze designed by a renowned Maze master from the UK. Kids will love trying to find their way out of this maze, hiding and weaving their way through the hedges as they go, and it’s the perfect add-on activity before or after visiting Baan Teelanka.
The Upside Down House opens daily from 10am – 6pm
Admission to the house – adult 250 baht / child 150 baht
Admission to the A-Maze – adult 150 baht / child 100 baht
20/20 Moo 5, Thepkasattri Road (Bypass), Tambol Koh-Keaw, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel: 086 267 5762
Lat 7.938600 / Lon 98.380000