While English speakers often pronounce the “Ph” in words as an “F” sound, Thais tend to pronounce words beginning with “Ph” with a stressed “P” sound, meaning that Phuket is actually pronounced “Poo-ket” or “Poo-get”.
Phuket in British English (ˌpuːˈkɛt ) 1. an island and province of S Thailand, in the Andaman Sea: mainly flat; suffered badly in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004.
It’s most like the first T in “tooth” and not at all like the TH in “tooth.” It is pronounced basically as if the H were not there. When the Thai language gets transliterated into English, H’s show up everywhere but they are often silent , mere accent marks to soften a sound but not change it fundamentally.
Although you might find many people in Phuket can speak English , you will find that just a few of them can actually maintain the conversation with you. Most of the locals can speak basic English as they are trained to communicate with their customers and guests.
Majority of the time, Phuket is a pretty safe place to visit but most of the really harmful situations arise out of the heavy-handed nature of some of the scams and ripped off tourists all ignited under the duress of Thailand heat, a few drinks and a deal gone bad.
Although the more common pronunciation of pho is “fuh,” some regions pronounce it more as “foe,” and others in two syllables, Cu says, with a rising tone on the first syllable and a falling tone on the second.
Person from Phuket . THAI. People from Bangkok or Phuket . THAIS. Settler reporting Phuket wave?
1. Sawadee krap / ka : Hello. A cheery greeting can go a long way in the Land of Smiles. Sawadee krap / ka will often be met with a huge grin! You can use the same phrase to bid someone goodbye too.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. It is located in the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. The island is mostly mountainous with a mountain range in the west of the island from the north to the south .
Thai is just a romanized spelling of ไทย and its IPA key is /tʰäj˧/. You can notice there is small / h / after /t/ in the key. As @WS2 mentioned in the comment, I suspect the ” h ” has something to do with the Thai pronunciation of ไทย which could reflect a distinction not made in English.
Things Not to Do in Phuket Don’t disrespect the Royal Family. Don’t wear your shoes in a temple. Don’t visit a temple with short clothes. Don’t take Buddha images out of the country. Do not touch a monk. Don’t point your feet at someone. Walk around town without a shirt (and ride a bike) Don’t take that selfie with protected wildlife.
The clear warm waters are enticing, and are pretty safe for most of the year. The sea does contain dangerous creatures, such as sea snakes, lionfish, stonefish and jellyfish. You should exercise a lot of caution while swimming off the west coast of Phuket during the rainy season (May – October) due to rough seas.
Water in Phuket . The tap water in Thailand is not safe to drink . Drink only bottled water or from a flask supplied from the hotel. Most street kitchen use tank water , this is good for Thais who are used to the bakteria but not for the turist.