Stroll along Ths Thalang, Dibuk, Yaowarat, Ranong, Phang-Nga, Rassada and Krabi for a glimpse of Phuket Town's Sino-Portuguese architectural treasures. The most magnificent examples are the Standard Chartered Bank, Thailand’s oldest foreign bank; the THAI office; and the old post office building, which now houses the Phuket Philatelic Museum. Some of the most colourful buildings line Soi Romanee, once home to brothels, gambling and opium dens.
The best-restored residential properties lie along Ths Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi, including Chinpracha House. The fabulous 1903 Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion has been refurbished into the upscale Blue Elephant restaurant and cooking school.