Chinpracha House

Museum in Phuket Town

Image by Isabella Noble, Lonely Planet

Built in 1903 on tin-mining riches, this beautifully preserved Sino-Portuguese mansion should make any antique- or architecture-lover's list. Others might find the four-poster steel beds done up in Victorian lace a bit gaudy. But the historical details of the atrium foyer – with its arch-framed koi pond, fresh-hibiscus bowls, gorgeous Italian ceramic tiles, blue-and-white-shuttered windows and vintage black-and-white family portraits – make visits incredibly rewarding. It's still lived in by the sixth-generation descendants of original owner Phra Pitak Chinpracha.