Phuket’s new upside-down house to turn heads

COME March, Phuket will welcome Baan Teelanka, an inverted attraction that will mark the first of its kind in Thailand.

Baan Teelanka – which means upside-down house in Thai – is founded and managed by Alex Riva and Wah Yodying, a husband-and-wife team that has invested 25 million baht (US$760,000) into constructing the gravity-defying structure.

Located on Phuket’s Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Road between Premium Outlet and Siam Niramit, the 13m-high, three-storey house is fully furnished with staircases, a garage, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom – but with the furniture and household fixtures all hanging downwards from the ceiling.

Adjacent to the topsy-turvy house is the A-Maze-in-Phuket, a 950m2 hedgerow garden maze designed by Adrian Fisher and filled with some 2,200 plants and 12 different gates for the creation of alternate routes.


“This fully furnished upside-down house is fantastic light-hearted entertainment for families and is the perfect attraction for those looking for an alternative to the beach,” said Riva, who is currently taking a sabbatical from his 20-year hospitality career to resettle in Phuket with his family to launch the new attraction.

“In the evenings after opening hours, the house is also available for rental for private parties or corporate groups to organise their own fun-themed events,” he added.

The attraction is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00, with tickets priced at 120-200 baht and 100-150 baht for Baan Teelanka and A-Maze-in-Phuket respectively. The attraction also boasts a café and a souvenir shop on site.

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