Amazing Thailand!

… Number 4 in an occasional series…

Welcome back to ‘Amazing Thailand’. It’s been a while since I last shared one of the joys of living in South East Asia with you, so, not wanting to keep all the fun to myself, here is the latest instalment, which emphasises the importance of correct spelling.

This little doozy was spotted just down the street from where I hole up when I’m in Thailand and I must admit that I’d walked past the rather faded, sad looking sign, dozens of times before I actually took stock of what was written on it.

Spelling - Vietmamess Food Sign. Rob Gregory Author

Culinary delights… step this way!

Now, I’ve been to Vietnam and I’ve eaten Vietnamese food, which is very nice, in case you were wondering. But I’ve never had ‘Vietmamess’ food before or been to ‘Vietmam’ for that matter (I wonder if the capital is called ‘Hamoi’?).

The shop itself is tucked away at the end of a small, interconnecting street between two larger roads and to be fair, actually does serve quite nice Vietnamese food. But I can’t help but wonder how much trade they’ve lost over the years, simply as a result of the badly misspelt sign, sitting on the edge of the main road!

By way of explanation, misspelt signs are a bit of a speciality here in Thailand and some of them are so good that they deserve to be incorporated into the ‘Engrish’ vocabulary. So, you’ll probably see me posting a few more gems of this nature here in the future. In the meantime, you’ll just have to make do with the beauty of ‘Vietmamess’ and this little graphical time-bomb, spotted at the highest point in Thailand, Doi Inthanon, which to be honest needs no explanation whatsoever, unless of course, you think it’s telling you how to throw a bouncy ball!

Spelling - Men's toilet sign in Thailand. Rob Gregory Author

Rubber ball, I’ll come bouncing back to you… in this case, I hope not!


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