Look for the signs
Thai writing derives from a South Indian script that came to Southeast Asia 1600 or more years ago. It is phonetic, consisting of 42 consonants and 31 vowels. Armenian writing was adapted from the Greek alphabet at roughly the same time and consists of 31 consonants and 7 vowels. Comparisons of the two are rarely made, but in Los Angeles, where Thai Town and Little Armenia overlap along Hollywood Blvd., it is possible to see signs in Thai next to signs in Armenian.
Thai Town: A Culinary and Historical Tour
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Los Angeles can now lay claim to having the largest concentration of Thais outside of Thailand itself. The community's business and cultural center is Thai Town, several blocks along Hollywood Blvd--in East Hollywood. Here, Angelenos transplanted from Thailand, their children and grandchildren, can see signs written in the unique Thai alphabet, hear Thai spoken--and sung--and enjoy the tastes and scents of their homeland. It is also a place where non-Thais can find help in acculturating themselves to the global city that LA is ever in the process of becoming.