Highways Are Like Airports

Highways Look the Same the World Over

Highway 7: on the Road to Bangkok, Thailand

North America, Europe, Asia — I’ve never been to South America or Africa, but I’ll wager highways and expressways look the same there, too. It’s one of those instances when one is traveling abroad that strikes you — not because of the differences, but because of the mundane sameness. One expects a foreign land to be … well, foreign.

But like airports, some things lend themselves to the logic of design replication. Even when you see the palm trees or banana trees here, the highways could be U.S. Interstates in the Deep South somewhere. The only indication one gets here — other than the obvious one of being on the left side of the road — is the road signs are, naturally, in Thai. Although as you can see here, they also bear English, and are strikingly similar to their cousins elsewhere in the world.

Highway 7: on the Road to Bangkok, Thailand

Of course as you get closer to Bangkok on Highway 7 things begin to take on a bit of a telltale Thai appearance:

Highway 7: on the Road to Bangkok, Thailand

Sorry for the dirty windshield, but then I was just a passenger. And again, not trying to make art, just illustrate a fact of expat life. As always click ’em to see ’em big.