Memorable Journey – The Memory at On On Hotel

July 21, 2019mayurisjikoni
Blog post

After our stay at Patong Beach we moved to Old Phuket Town in Thailand. When I booked the room on AirBnB (yes booking rooms on AirBnB can be a hit or a miss!), didn’t even know why we were actually going to Old Phuket town. As the saying goes ‘it was a dart thrown in the dark.’ As soon as we reached The Memory at On On Hotel, we were extremely happy that it had landed on the perfect target. You won’t find too many tourists around Old Phuket town which was a bit surprising to me.

The Memory on on 11

The Memory on on 42

The grand entrance to the hotel.

This post is just going to be dedicated to The Memory at On On Hotel that we stayed in for 6 nights. Yes, 6 whole nights at a quaint boutique hotel and not a day were we bored. As soon as we got off from the taxi, I was left speechless as the boutique hotel is so different from places we’ve stayed in during our travels. The first thing that attracted me was the grand piano bang at the entrance. On entering the place, you’ll find many antiques right from old typewriter to crockery. This place is not just a hotel but a museum cum hotel.

A bit of History about The Memory at On On Hotel

A young Chinese lad, Yoktiew Saepae leaves his village Unsee in Hokkian Region of China, sails on a Chinese Junk to Singapore in the year 1898. Life in Singapore does not offer much to this young lad and in 1901 he decides to move to Phuket, Thailand where opportunities were a plenty. 1912 Yoktiew Saepae gets married and also opens a shop Bahn Jin Tai on Thalang Road selling mining equipment. In 1927 Yoktiew built the first hotel in Phuket and called it Un Un Hotel. Many visitors arrived from different countries due to thriving business in Phuket and the hotel was named On On, easier for both Thai and English to pronounce the name. By 1927 there were other hotels around On On so it became the first place to offer accommodation on a monthly basis to the locals. In 1982 the grandson of Yoktiew renovated the hotel to suit modern needs but maintained the old world charm. In 2000 it became famous because of the movie ‘The Beach.’ In 2012 The Memory took over the management of On On Hotel. It made further renovations making it more comfortable, attractive and modern and yet retaining the Sino Portuguese style architecture. It also made it into a part museum to showcase the history of Phuket and its people.

collage memory on on

The Memory on on 38

The reception area

The Memory on on 35

Stairs on either side of the reception lead to the rooms

The Memory on on 34

On your way to the room stop to admire the old clocks and pictures of old Phuket.

memory on on 9

want to carry your lunch in any of these old tiffin boxes?

memory on on 10

who knows how to use this antique weighing scales?

memory on on 11

Aren’t these old baskets so pretty?

memory on on 12

anyone for tea or coffee? 

memory on on 6

The Memory on on 12

Our Room for the next six days. Its easy to find Thememory on AirBnB or book directly.

This Hotel is famous as many of the scenes of Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach” were shot at this hotel. The character Richard which he played stayed in this hotel. Ummm do you think it was Room 204? We asked the staff and wouldn’t tell us!

The Memory on on 13

A super comfortable bed, old world decor with lacy curtains and lampshades with lime green bolsters to add subtle colour.

The Memory on on 14

I wonder how many travelers of yonder years might have sat on these chairs.

The Memory on on 15

A day bed to laze on. It was my work station.

The Memory on on 17

Though refurbished, this hotel has tried to keep the ‘old look’ features everywhere.

The Memory on on 18

The old rustic wall background adds to the old feel.

The Memory on on 20

The quaint little balcony was private and a good place to work and get a bit of the sun.

The Memory on on 21

Find aromatic toiletries in an old old wooden box. Its like finding treasure. The scent in the products was lemongrass. Very refreshing.

The Memory on on 22

The room is equipped with a mini fridge. The host had left some cans of soft drinks, beer and bars of chocolate which were not charged at all. Empty water bottles were replaced everyday.

The Memory on on 40

Nope this is not where you store your valuables, though it must have been used many years ago. Each room has a safety box.

The Memory on on 8

Hot Water, Sweet Rose tea, Chrysanthemum Tea available 24/7. Fill your cups to your heart’s content. However, beware the teas are quite sweet.

The Memory on on 9

Munch on some traditional Thai Cookies whenever you feel peckish. Some of the Thai Cookies I tried out and loved them were:

  • Prik – pepper cookies
  • Tao For like mini, really mini buns
  • Nha Teak – Thai Tea Cookies
  • Mua Liao – cookies rolled in sesame seeds
  • Pineapple Jam Crackers

If you want to experience the old Phuket town then TheMemory’s place is the best. Its cozy, comfortable and clean with the rustic old Sino Portuguese feel. The authentic wooden floors to all the decor is old and well maintained. What we loved about it was there were free cold welcome drinks and water along with a bar of chocolate waiting for us. Its such a good feeling and we felt immediately at home. We didn’t want to leave the room at all. The bed was very comfortable. Information about surrounding area and what we can do in Phuket was readily available in the room. Tea, coffee were available in the room but since the kettle was not working we didn’t mind walking down the corridor to get our hot beverages whenever we wanted them. Toiletries like shampoo, shower gel, soap, cotton buds, shower caps are all available and replaced when they get over and I must say the smelt heavenly of lemongrass. Experience a bit of history in style. I highly recommend this place. We truly cannot put our wonderful experience into a few words. You’ve got to experience to understand what I’m really raving about.

In conclusion, Asian countries certainly leave no stone unturned where hospitality is concerned. The Memory On On Hotel was in every respect a very comfortable with pleasant and helpful staff.  I highly recommend this hotel to you. The owner of the room at The Memory At On On Hotel is truly blessed to own a piece of history. 


  • Before you book a room at this historic hotel, check out the type of rooms available on their website. 
  • You’ll find interesting places to visit around the hotel, get the staff to guide you.
  • The hotel has no restaurant but we found plenty of cafes around to have our meals right from breakfast to dinner.

Pin for Later:

The memory

Disclaimer: I’ve not been paid by The Memory at On On Hotel or AirBnB for this review. The article is entirely based on my experience and stay at the hotel.



  • Stacie

    July 22, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    That is such a beautiful place. I would love to go there one day. I can see why no one would ever forget it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Stacie and it is an unforgettable place.

  • Brianna

    July 22, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    What a beautiful place!! Phuket is one of my most favorite places, I will check out this hotel next time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:51 am

      Thanks and please do.

  • Terri Ramsey Beavers

    July 22, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    What a lovely place to visit. I love the cozy look of the rooms and the whole atomosphere really. Thanks for putting the Memory At On On Hotel on my radar.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Thank you and most welcome.

  • Brianne Tursi Manz

    July 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    It would be wonderful to visit Thailand. The beauty and the culture I find very appealing. This is a beautiful post, and made me feel I was there!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Thank you so much Brianne and hope one day you’ll be able to visit the beautiful country.

  • simplysensationalfood

    July 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    I love discovering boutique hotels that are different and have character. This place sounds wonderful.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Nayna. It was a lovely place to stay at.

  • terristeffes

    July 23, 2019 at 12:29 am

    What a unique hotel. I love the mix of old and new. That tv in the parlor was unusual. What was special about it, do you know?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Thanks, the TV is antique, part of the museum display.

  • Angelica Sereda

    July 23, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Love the details about everything. Very inviting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Thank you so much.

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    July 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Nnnnniiiicccceeeeeee….this looks gggoooddddddd! Actually, I have bookmarked it for future use.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2019 at 6:14 am


  • Carolyn

    July 23, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Those Thai cookies sound really good to me. But overall, this sounds like a cool boutique hotel to stay at!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2019 at 6:14 am

      Thanks, the Thai cookies were different from the normal cookies we have.

  • emman damian

    July 23, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I like how On On Hotel preserved the culture and history through its decoration. I hope I can visit Thailand again and stay at this place. Sounds like a good place!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2019 at 6:13 am

      Thanks Emman, I’m sure you’ll love it.

  • Emily Fata

    July 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    This looks like such an incredible hotel to stay at! I’ll definitely consider it, if ever in the area!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2019 at 6:13 am

      Thanks Emily and hope you get a chance to stay there.

  • Lavern Moore

    July 24, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Wow, how useful are these reviews for On On Hotel! Would love to try these accommodations! Lavern Moore

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2019 at 6:12 am

      Thanks Lavern, please do stay there if you ever get the opportunity.

  • Shannon Gurnee

    July 24, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Looks like you had a great time. Love all the different pictures you shared.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2019 at 6:11 am

      Thank you so much Shannon.

  • Heather

    July 24, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Looks like an amazing place to stay. Love seeing all the pics!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

      Thank you so much Heather.

  • Manjiri Kulkarni

    July 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    What a quaint Hotel and such great service. I am a huge fan of Lemongrass and the toiletries sound so good. Everything is so inviting, the decor, your positive experience on so many levels. I will definitely remember this post when I do plan a trip to Thailand.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:58 am

      Thank you so much Manjiri. Hope you get to stay in this beautiful place.

  • Fatima D Torres

    July 24, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    There are so many beautiful touches to this hotel. I love the layout of the place as well.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:55 am

      Yes Fatima, its such a beautiful hotel.

  • Sara |

    July 25, 2019 at 5:09 am

    I’m so glad you found a hotel you adored! What a lovely place. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us ♡

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 5:16 am

      Thanks Sara.

  • MJ

    July 25, 2019 at 9:06 am

    This hotel is certainly a treasure trove. Loved reading all about it and yes I would certainly love to stay here. Lovely photos of the place. Those antique tiffins were my favourite.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you so much MJ. I loved the tiffins too and the old suitcases.

  • Lyanna Soria

    July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am

    That is quite an interesting hotel, would love to give this place a go someday. Loving all those antique items located throughout the hotel.

  • blair villanueva

    August 1, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    OMG such a great nostalgia! We used to carry that tiffin lunch box! And guess what – Gucci even just recently launched their own tiffin lunch box like that!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 3, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Wow, would love to see them. Indian homes still use tiffin lunch boxes but most are either made from steel or plastic outer and lined with metal inside.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Post Next Post

Example Colors

%d bloggers like this: