of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many
fine mansions and shops, that are still well preserved. The architectural
style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese and
has a strongly Mediterranean chracter. Shops present a very narrow
face onto the street but stretch back a long way. Many, especially
on Dibuk Road, have old wooden doors with Chinese fretwork carving.
forming what might be called "Old
Phuket," with similar structures
are Phangnga, Yaowarat, Thalang, and Krabi, and a walking tour of
the area is easy and delightful. Some other old European-style buildings
of note are the Provincial Hall (Sala Klang), the Phuket Courthouse
(San Changwat), and Nakhon Luang Thai Bank.