Even for those of us who love to travel, getting around in countries where we don’t speak the language and often can’t even read the alphabet, can be stressful. However, funny signs in Southeast Asia can help ease our angst.
Warning: Do not read this if you are consuming a beverage you do not want to see coming out your nose.
As Southeast Asia has become a “must see” tourist destination, the locals have tried to help us out by posting helpful information in English — with varying degrees of success. Usually, we can get the gist of what they are trying to communicate, but sometimes — not so much. On the other hand, at least they try. I haven’t seen too many signs in Thai or Laotian at the Liberty Bell in my home town, Philadelphia.
I’ve even found a few head scratcher signs in Hawaii .
Here are my favorite funny signs in Southeast Asia that I spotted during stops in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore.
At the main Wat (Buddhist Temple complex) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, there was this warning:
Then, there was this one in Singapore:
We have the next funny sign in Southeast Asia courtesy of my husband (Mr. Excitement). It was over the urinals in the mens’ room at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. He was very brave to risk a photo. They’re pretty strict in the Royal Palace complex — lots of gun toting soldiers and signs telling you not to take photographs. It might have been difficult to try to explain to a Thai judge exactly why he was taking photos — in the mens’ room.
In the caves at Halong Bay in northern Vietnam, they could maybe use a little help with prepositions.
Finally, here’s my favorite from the back of the door rules and regulations at the Manichan Guesthouse in Luang Prabang, Laos.
I assure you, this is all in good fun. The people we met during our travels in Southeast Asia were kind and welcoming. As Google Translate improves, I suspect funny signs in Southeast Asia will become an endangered species and we will enjoy fewer giggles.