SOUTHEAST ASIA SIGNS, OR SIMPLY “SAY WHAAAAT!!??

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. As Southeast Asia has grown into a go-to tourist destination, the locals have tried to indulge us and help us by posting information in English. Of course with varying degrees of success. Usually, we can get what they are trying to say then some other times — not so much. But most of the times the signs bring a smile to our face or even a full throated guffaw escapes.

Since we all love to say that a picture is worth a thousand words, I will simply let them speak for themselves.

That Durian, the criminal, Singapore
That Durian, the criminal, Singapore
Don't shoplift sign we found in Singapore
Don’t shoplift sign we found in Singapore
Let's get him! The green man, I mean. Singapore
Let’s get him! The green man, I mean. Singapore
That the way to the restroom. Saladan Town, Koh Lanta
That the way to the restroom. Saladan Town, Koh Lanta
Care fom some crap? Ao Nang, Krabi.
Care fom some crap? Ao Nang, Krabi.
Little India, Kuala Lumpur
Little India, Kuala Lumpur
Toilet in Chinatown, Singapore
Toilet in Chinatown, Singapore
Oh, that Mr. J and his condoms. Koh Tao
Oh, that Mr. J and his condoms. Koh Tao
Great deal. Chaweng, Koh Samui
Great deal. Chaweng, Koh Samui
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui
Lamai Beach, Koh Samui
Hotel restroom, Thong Nai Pan Yai, Koh Phangan
Hotel restroom, Thong Nai Pan Yai, Koh Phangan
Where do I get a goat, please? Koh Panyee
Where do I get a goat, please? Koh Panyee
Full list of rules when entering Koh Panyee
Full list of rules when entering Koh Panyee
Everything is a dessert on Pulau Perhentian
Everything is a dessert on Pulau Perhentian
As it says...Koh Tao Bible
As it says…Koh Tao Bible
Hurry on that boat! Bangkok
Hurry on that boat! Bangkok

5 thoughts on “SOUTHEAST ASIA SIGNS, OR SIMPLY “SAY WHAAAAT!!??”

  1. This is so funny! I bought my brother a book of loads of these hilarious signs from around the world – most of them are about public toilets – naturally he keeps it in his bathroom – I think he thinks it’s a good present. You’ve collected some good ones here.

    1. Hi Louisa,
      Stuff like this really shows you that you have walk around with your eyes open since you never know when your jaw will drop cause of laughter:)

  2. Traveling is endlessly entertaining. I get a kick out of people trying their best to communicate with me, and appreciate the effort, especially when I can’t speak a word of their language. We recently enjoyed a bus tour of an area in Norway and the cute guide who was quite proud of his Scandenglish turned to us at the end of the trip and said, “Thank you for enjoying me on this tour.”
    The signs are hilarious – made me laugh.

    1. Hi Geaniemarie,
      Word on that! Signs are just one thing, but actually hearing people trying to pronunciate things in foreign language can be really hilarious. Like us trying to speak Italian on German when we are there:))

  3. All these signs are hilarious – thanks for compiling them! Poor little durians! Don’t worry, I still love you guys! And that’s some quite expensive crap they are selling! What?! No washing my hair in the toilet! What is this word coming to?

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