Where The Streets Have No Name

In Hollands street signs are the same everywhere, whether it’s the Lindelaan, Nw. Loosdrechtsedijk, Nootweg in Loosdrecht, the Kalverstraat and Dubbeleworststeeg in Amsterdam, or the Merelstraat in Arnhem, the shape is identical.

Bangkok


Text too is usually rather basic, just the name and sometimes in bigger cities a location, e.g. West, Centrum (Centre).

Khong Chiam


If it concerns the name of an (in*)famous person, a little more info will be provided, e.g. Trompstraat M.H. Tromp 1597-1653, Zeeheld (sea hero).

Chantaburi


In Thailand it’s very different, although the signs usually have a standard design there’s plenty of variation possible.

Pattani


Despite the Dutch having a very liberal reputation, I think that if anyone would try putting up a different street signboard, (s)he/they would be shot on the spot…,

Pakkret


Back to here, even in a province there can be significant changes, based on…?

Pattani


Various places use symbols for which they’re well known, e.g. Songkhla and Pattani have some fishy signboards!

Yala


Names in general are given in Thai and English but do not provide additional info except for (sub)district names.

In Yala as you can see Arabic and Chinese were added as well.

Salaya, Nonthaburi

Songkhla

Actually a Soi of a housing estate, Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Another one bit the dust, Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Nonthaburi

Artist's impression


(*) Yesterday's heroes can be today's villains...


Links:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/life/social-and-lifestyle/346253/where-the-streets-have-strange-names

https://www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/tour/41-bangkok/bangkok-maps/211-road-index-in-bangkok-metropolis-maps.html

https://www.crazylittlefamilyadventure.com/how-to-navigate-the-streets-in-bangkok/


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