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Learn the correct way to pronounce Phuket province in Thailand

Often mispronounced, Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand. Phuket is made up of the large island of Phuket plus 32 other small islands and is a very popular destination for beach lovers.

These islands are located in the Andaman Sea, off the west coast of Thailand. With over 30 beautiful beaches to choose from, as well as a lively lifestyle, Phuket is the dream destination for a warm and relaxing vacation. Phuket Town, the capital, has old business districts and busy markets. Patong, the main tourist city, has many discos, bars and clubs. Thailand is generally a welcoming country and Phuket is one of its most gay-friendly destinations.

But before you start packing your swimsuit, sunglasses, and flip-flops, you need to make sure you pronounce the name of this Thai province correctly.

The correct way to say Phuket

It may sound blasphemous, but many people mistakenly pronounce Phuket as “Fuket.” Although this makes sense since in English the letters “p” and “h” next to each other make an “f” sound, this is not the case in the Thai language. In Thai, when a ‘p’ is followed by an ‘h’, the ‘h’ is silent, so it is simply pronounced ‘p’. Therefore, Phuket is read as “Poo-ket”.

Pronouncing other Thai words

This same rule applies across the board, which is why Koh Phi Phi (another island in Thailand) is pronounced “pee”, not “fare.” Koh Pha Ngan (the Thai island known for its full moon party) is pronounced ‘pang gan’, not ‘fang gan’.

Other Thai pronunciations are not intuitive to Americans. When you pronounce the letter “r” in the Thai language, your tongue should roll slightly. The sound “ng” is pronounced the same way in Thai as it is in English, but the difference is that in Thai, it can be used at the beginning of words.

Things to do in Phuket

Now that you know how to say it, you may want to take a trip to Phuket. And it is worth it. There is so much more to do on Phuket Island (and in the surrounding area) than just relaxing on the sand. The best things to do in Phuket include exploring Phuket’s greenery through the zip line tours offered by the Flying Hanuman company and strolling through the Portuguese colonial-style Phuket Town museums, boutiques and cafes.

Phuket is lush and green. Your list of things to do will include visiting the dense waterfalls deep in the jungle. Phuket is home to too many waterfalls to count, but its most famous include Bang Pae, Ton Sai, and Kathu. You could combine these waterfalls with the Flying Hanuman zipline adventure, or hire a taxi driver for the day to try and see as many as possible.

You cannot miss the “Big Buddha Phuket”, sitting on top of a hill in the southwest corner of the island. In addition to the 150-foot-tall marble statue, the lookout offers one of the most jaw-dropping panoramas on the island, whether you come during the day or stay until sunset.

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