Blue Elephant Restaurant
The Former Residence of the Governor of Phuket

 Discovering the Most Beautiful Building in Phuket

I had long wanted to take a series of photos of this remarkable (and remarkable) century-old building, located in the heart of Phuket-Town.

I who love these old houses, I enjoyed it and it is with joy that I invite you to discover this place with a beautiful series of photos.
This magnificent Sino-Portuguese residence was built in 1903 by Phra Pitak Chinpracha (1883-1949), a Chinese native, who made his fortune through tin mining in Phuket.

This majestic residence, once the governor's residence, but uninhabited for several decades, was in an advanced state of disrepair when the famous "Blue Elephant" chain decided to rent it to the descendants of Chinpracha.
It took two years of renovation work to bring this magnificent mansion back to life.

The result is sensational: seen from the outside, the colonial-style residence stands in the middle of a huge park planted with bananas over a hundred years old.

A view of this splendid building, before its renovation, as I discovered it in the first years of my presence in Phuket.
Other Pre-renovation view, photo courtesy of a friend
In fact, by showing you around this century-old residence, I am obliged to show you the very beautiful restaurant that has been set up there.

«The Blue Elephant» has given a second youth to this big house, 

nothing more normal than to pay a small tribute to it here by showing many pictures of this superbly romantic place.

This will make an advertisement, in my opinion, well-deserved for this chain of restaurants, on my humble little website....

 The Restaurant

En pénétrant dans la maison, une première terrasse ouverte, permet de prendre place
dans un simple salon ancien de style thaï traditionnel.
Le bar est ensuite, le premier endroit qu'on est amené à découvrir «à l'intérieur» de la maison.
Très beau bar tout bleu... bleu océan, bleu du ciel profond... au choix...
Un bar bleu fluo, ultra-moderne dans une maison plus que centenaire... ça peut surprendre...
mais... un Blue Bar dans un Blue Elephant... cela paraît logique

On the cardboard you can see here, the different restaurants of the "Blue Elephant" chain
The Phuket restaurant is the latest addition to the chain.
The Blue Elephant in Phuket opened in 2010 after two years of work.
With 70 seats, the restaurant can organize banquets for up to 200 people inside the establishment
Sometimes banquets are organised in the park... and there, up to 400 people are offered!

Also noteworthy is the original Italian tiling, which gives a "1900s" style
This tile is found in most parts of the restaurant.

  Back to the outside....

As night approaches, the lighting is already giving the house a new look.
The closer the night gets, the more the lights work.
The facades change tone as the minutes go by


96 Karabi Road
Tambon Talad Neua
Muang District
Phuket 83000, Thailand

Open every day at noon and in the evening.
On weekends, musical entertainment

Thanks to Loïc Certain, (Assistant to the General Manager of the Blue Elephant)

who kindly welcomed me and accompanied me through the corridors and rooms of this magnificent building,
I was able to fulfill my wish and I confess that I do not regret the trip.

The Blue Elephant Chain

Blue Elephant, a concept present in several countries, propels the flavours of Thailand into its customers' plates. Each restaurant is designed as a real small Thai village with lush greenery, fairytale fountains and waiters in traditional costume.
Blue Elephant's fine Thai cuisine is served in 12 establishments around the world. They can be found in Bangkok, Thailand, Brussels, Belgium, Beirut, Lebanon, London, the United Kingdom, Moscow, Russia, Lyon, France, Copenhagen, Denmark, Paris, France, Kuwait City, Kuwait, Dubai, Malta and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

A healthy chain

Since the opening of the first Blue Elephant restaurant in Brussels in 1980, the chain's new establishments have continued to open their doors around the world. From the opening of the London restaurant in 1986 to the opening of the Phuket restaurant in 2010, the chain's success has continuously generated profits.

Karl Steppe and his wife of 28 years, Khun Noororor Somany, are the founders of Blue Elephant. The Belgian and Thai opened together the first restaurant of the chain in Brussels. The name of the chain is derived from blue, the royal colour in Thailand, and from the elephant which is the national animal of this country. Due to their success, they started opening restaurants in several major cities around the world. In 2002, Thailand finally welcomed a Blue Elephant. This establishment, located in Bangkok, also houses a cooking school. During the classes, students go to the market and learn how to select the best ingredients for their recipes before returning to school to learn the basics of cooking under the supervision of an instructor.

Authenticity at its best

Authentic Thai cuisine is served at Blue Elephant. The menu, with more than 50 dishes, includes grilled shrimp and skewers, spring rolls and soups as well as pork, beef, chicken or fish and shellfish dishes. Beautiful sorbets and delicious exotic fruits serve as a dessert. Despite a fairly high price, customers appreciate the high quality menu, which includes a discovery dish that allows them to taste several of the house's specialities. At the exit, the women are offered an orchid. A delicate attention that always makes you happy!

An unusual distribution system

Each of the restaurants employs Thai chefs who respect the millenary traditions of Asian cuisine, but who do not hesitate to renew their menu with a variety of dishes. The secret to the authentic taste of Blue Elephant dishes certainly comes from the fact that all restaurants use ingredients delivered from Bangkok, Thailand.
Since 1984, the company has been transporting various commodities to warehouses in Bangkok where employees wash, select, cut, package and send precious packages to all the chain's restaurants. At Blue Elephant, the plates are decorated with artistically arranged fruits and vegetables, sculpted in multiple shapes or not. The flowers and plants in the decor are also shipped by air from Thailand.

The secret is in the sale

Aware that the richness of Thai cuisine comes from its intense flavours and tasty spices, the couple at the head of the company has taken the initiative to offer certain by-products for home cooking. Some specialty stores sell prepared chicken, pork or vegetarian dishes under the Kitchen Fresh brand. There are also coconut creams, rice, noodles, sauces, vinaigrettes, nuts, herbs, chocolates, wines, spices, including several different curries, and even recipe books.