Phuket town could be seen as the less visited cousin of the famous beaches of Phuket, but there is plenty that will occupy your time and attention in this old town full of heritage buildings. It is a mix of old and new, history and heritage all rolled out to be adored and considered, whilst existing as a backdrop to a modern day hustle of commerce, street markets and great little hidden eateries. The architecture harkens back to a day when wealth ruled the town, provided by the mining activities of nearly 100 years ago. Sino-Portuguese influence is common to see around Yaowarat Rd, Phangnga Rd, Thalang Rd, Krabi Rd and Dibuk Rd. Shops are of a typical Thai style, having not much street frontage and stretching deeply into the back. Many, especially on Dibuk Road, have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore shrines and temples (Buddhist and Chinese) that are dotted throughout the old town.