Often overlooked in favour of the beaches, a visit to Phuket Old Town is a must to learn about its culturally-rich Thai history. A beautiful part of the island, its an exciting mix of Sino-Portuguese architecture with cool and quirky cafes, bars and restaurants. Take a walking tour or hire an electric bike to sight see. The local markets are worth a stop as you rub shoulders with locals going about their daily lives. The stunning old mansion you'll pass on your way around the town is now home to the famous Blue Elephant Cooking School; daily classes are available and should be booked in advance as it is popular.