I have to admit that when I first saw the name Phuket, I initially questioned its pronunciation, wondering if it actually rhymed with a form of profanity one uses when either taking a chance and going for broke — or deciding that something was not worth the trouble altogether.
Apparently I was not the only one, as illustrated by this billboard:
The way I have heard people pronounce Phuket is basically “poo-KET” — but why let that stand in the way of what could be a good joke as part of an advertising campaign?
That is the main reason why I personally would not call this billboard genius, brilliant or hilarious. I suppose it is funnier if you are still unsure of how exactly to pronounce Phuket.
Incidentally, I have traveled from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket as a passenger on Air Asia a few years ago — and I must say that the flight departed and arrived on time; the personnel were pleasant and friendly; the aircraft was clean and not crowded; and I had no problems with baggage even though I technically probably should have been charged a fee for the bag I was carrying.
Food was available for purchase on this flight. I did not eat. While the prices were higher than what I would typically pay, they were not in the realm of unreasonable.
All in all, traveling as a passenger on Air Asia was a pleasant yet uneventful experience which I would recommend — in this case, boring was just fine with me.
I would also recommend going to Phuket as well. I typically do not write trip reports, but please let me know if you would like for me to write one about Phuket. I will also attempt to answer any questions you might have about Phuket.