Sawasdee, is a Thai word used for greetings and goodbye. Usually it is performed with a wai, which is a slight bowing of the head and pressing your palms together as if praying.
We lived in Phuket from April 2005 until January 2008. Obviously living in a place and going on holiday are two very different experiences. I really loved our time in Thailand. Everything was different, from the culture, religion, writing, food and way of life. Cape Town is known as a “chilled” city but I think Phuket is more laid back, as it usually is with island life. One of the first things that struck me was the electricity cables were overhead and there were wires and cables everywhere, as well as signs for shops, restaurants and hotels.
Shopping at markets and stalls is something I love. I love bargaining and haggling. I am known, as the bargain bitch.
My kids went to the British International School in Phuket situated in Koh Kaew, situated on the centre of the island. It was the only English school on the island.
We first visited Phuket in December 2004, 3 weeks before the Tsunami hit. We stayed at the Meridien Hotel in Karon Beach.
You cannot go on a tropical island and not have ice cream, luckily for us there was the internationally known Haagen Dazs ice-creams. Yummy! My kids love ice cream.
Phuket is a wonderful place to go on holiday. It is interesting, the people are friendly, the weather is great and it is a relaxing getaway. A must go!