Travellers on flights to Phuket are advised to make their way to the Old Phuket Town.

Travellers on flights to Phuket are advised to make their way to the Old Phuket Town.

A historic place, there are shrines, temples both – Chinese and Buddhist – excellently preserved “shophouses”, exotic cafes and a number of museums to keep you captivated however long people choose to stay.

The town was built on the riches and successes of Phuket’s tin boom in the 20th and 19th century, which was when value for the metal was at its highest.

The riches paid for the exquisitely constructed Sino-colonial mansions, which are still exceptionally well preserved.

They were once home to the tin barons who brought wealth to the area.

Architecture is an important facet of the Old Town and many of its shops reveal a Chinese influence.

On Dibuk Road, the old wooden doors of some of the shops reveal beautiful Chinese fretwork carvings.

There are also hints of European influence in buildings like the Phuket courthouse, Siam City Bank and the Provincial Hall.

As Phuket is a compact town it is advisable to visit early in the morning or after the day has lost its heat.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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