WANDER / OLD TOWN
Phuket’s handsome Old Town has a fascinating Chinese tin mining history and is home to pretty, pastel-hued SinoPortuguese shophouses, a growing number of art galleries and boutique hotels, as well as revered, generations-old Thai eateries. Discover the island’s creative soul along the lantern-lit Soi Romanee, filled with antique shops, bijou bars, cool cafés and coffee joints punctuated by gilded shrines and temples. Art aficionados should pay a visit to Bangkok-born artist Isara Thatong inside his open-air Drawing Room Studio, or to Danai Usuma, who creates minimalist acrylic and oil paintings inside Wua Art Gallery. Craig Patterson’s Drift Gallery on Krabi Road is full of luminous installations and interactive LED pieces.