The historical, cultural and administrative centre of the Kingdom’s largest island, Phuket Town has a fascinating past. Once it was the transit point for Europeans (French, Portuguese, Dutch and British), Burmese, Indian merchants, and Malay pirates, among others. The 19th-century tin-mining boom attracted Chinese immigrants. They brought with them their unique architecture, culture and cuisine, and eventually married into the local Siamese communities, giving birth to the unique Baba Peranakan culture.
Today the town reflects this in its magnificent Sino-colonial mansions, the brightly-hued Taoist temples, colourful markets, and award-winning restaurants dishing out Phuketian, Hokkien and Thai cuisines. Just 10 minutes away from the Rassada Pier, the Novotel Phuket City Phokheetra is the best place to stay a couple of nights before you head to the next island destination.