Phuket Town shines with personality and nowhere more so than its Old Town. In this historically rich part of town, you’ll find shrines, temples (Buddhist and Chinese), ornate and beautifully preserved ‘shophouses’, quaint cafés, tiny printing shops, impromptu private and public museums and even a mini ex-red light district.
Phuket Old Town was built on riches reaped from Phuket’s tin boom of last century when the metal was an extremely valuable commodity. In this quarter of the town, you’ll see grandiose Sino-colonial mansions, once occupied by Phuket’s tin barons. Phuket Old Town is compact enough to stroll around in. The best time to do this is early in the morning or after the day has lost its heat. There are enough restaurants and cafés to provide you with refreshments so don’t bother taking a picnic along.