Like a café proprietor, the shopkeeper below appreciates how to attract buyers.
Although this shop, shown in both photos, is about as modest as it comes, it provides a lure to consumers.
The shop’s lure is free wi-fi, which I’ve never seen elsewhere in such a small operation.
Travelers know that they’ll encounter signs translated from the local language into English. The signs may variously evoke laughter, bewilderment or insights into different cultures.
As I ramble around Phnom Penh, I like to photograph the occasional sign that brings me up short. Below, many with captions if you place your cursor on the image, are some I have seen.
The writer undoubtedly meant to say, “No parking, thanks.”
it is hard to imagine a sign like this being acceptable at least in the U.S.
I asked the Khmer writer of this sign whether he was serious. He wasn’t.
Dual pricing is common for locals and foreigners. This sign is posted at the entrance, open to the street, of the gym at the right. Locals are admitted for the equivalent of roughly 62 cents. Visitors to my gym pay $15 for a day pass.
Air conditioning is absent at this basic gym, which features tired equipment and close quarters as opposed to mine below.
This warning welcomes members of my fancy gym, The Place.
My air-conditioned gym is expensive by Cambodian standards, charging $15 for a day pass, but it is well run and nicely appointed, including a 25-meter-long swimming pool, in contrast to the facility above.
For the uninitiated, the durian fruit is so odiferous (though delicious with practice) that some airlines, hotels and other facilities with confined public spaces do not permit them. (Source: Lina Goldberg)