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The many personalities of Phuket
by Expat Focus columnist, Anne O'Connell
Pinch me! I’m really living on an island. It’s been a dream of mine for a very long time. I actually grew up in a small province of Canada called Nova Scotia that is almost an island except for the swatch of land connecting it to New Brunswick. For the first half of my life I was never far away from the Atlantic Ocean… that, coupled with being a water sign, clinched it for me. I’ve always been drawn to any large body of water, only as I got older, it had to be in warmer climes.
During our working lives, so many of us dream of digging our toes in the sand, sipping on our cold beverage of choice and watching the sun dip lazily into the sea at the end of the day. Then reality takes over and you’re slogging away again at your desk grumbling that it wouldn’t be that great anyways, right? A week or two escaping for vacation is great, but you’d eventually get bored with it 24/7, wouldn’t you? After a year in Phuket, I can wholeheartedly and exuberantly say a loud and resounding NO!
I might feel differently if we had settled on a smaller island that would probably have a similar feel and lifestyle from coast to coast, with not a whole lot of variety and a constant hum of same old same old. Not Phuket…. Let me take you on a quick tour of only a few of the many personalities of Phuket:
Bang Tao Village
We did choose to spend the majority of our time in a sleepy little village called Bang Tao. Our home is nestled in a local Muslim community where we are awakened by the Muezzin’s call to prayer (reminiscent of our days in Dubai) and where I frequently have to wait for the chickens to ...
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