WAN­DER / OLD TOWN

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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.

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