... you mean to tell me that all this time I've been pronouncing Phuket wrong?
No. I'd say that the Thais have been pronouncing it wrong. You have it exactly right.
Most of these I knew. How about a really tough one? I used to live in Waxahachie, Texas. That's been known to bring people to blows. Wax-uh-hatchee? Wox-uh-hat-chee? Would you believe, "Wack-a-hatchee?"
I used to play wack-a-hatchee when I took my kids to Chuck E Cheese.I think Louisiana trumps that with Natchitoches, which is pronounced NAK-eh-tesh. I can't even figure out how they could have come up with that.