Khun Nipaporn was away in Bangkok, but we were well taken care of by her staff, whilst her brother K. Kuan spoke perfect English and answered my incessant questions patiently. In short, Bulan Anda Baba is the family's brand new resort right at the end of a peninsula about 20 minutes drive from the main Phuket-Krabi road. It has fabulous 270 degree views of Phang Nga Bay from various view points in the gardens, though the offshore area consists of natural tidal sand and mud flats, equally beautiful in our our eyes, but maybe not perfect for family swimming. The family are fourth generation descendants of a 19th century Chinese immigrant from Fujian province and have over time integrated with Thais, both within the family and with their Muslim and Thai neighbours. From Mr. Kuan's conversation, it is clear they are proud of their heritage and, though he left in his youth to Bangkok to pursue a career as an engineer, it was his dream to one day return to his ancestral home and create a project that would bring uplift to his community as a whole, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of over development. We think he has succeeded. The building that houses the reception and small breakfast area is beautiful decorated in primary, but complementary colours, and is built in the carefully researched style of traditional Baba houses once so common all along the west coast of the peninsula from Singapore, through Penang to Phuket. The villas surrounding are modern cubist designs in grey and black trimmed white. They will fit in well and unobtrusively with the landscaping as it softens. The interiors are spotlessly clean, thoughtfully designed and equipped with effective aircon, TV and mini fridge. We were offered an evening meal though we declined having had a big lunch, and our American breakfast was well up to the standard we would have expected at that price level (chicken substituting for pork in sausages and bacon) and served attentively.
There are a few Muslim restaurants around and local activities such as cave kayaking, and more will surely follow, as is the family's intention.
So, if you would like to step back in time and enjoy the Ao Nang, Phuket Town or Patong experience of the 1970's, bring a good book or a well stocked PC, or just soak up that view.
We will certainly be back to enjoy it again. Thank you to all........