Unintentionally Hilarious Thai Signs

Unintentionally Hilarious Thai Signs

Thai is not an easy language to read. It looks like this: สวัสดีคะฉันชื่อขอบคุณคะ คุณชื่ออะไร With no space between words, punctuation, or capital letters, it is very difficult to read and write, so one can understand why Thai signs in English don’t always make sense. The wonderful thing is sometimes they are inadvertently comical.

This cracked me up. I looked, and sure enough the old man was there. I was non-verbally urged not to take a picture of his grumpy face by someone near him.

This cracked me up. I looked, and sure enough the old man was there. I was non-verbally urged not to take a picture of his grumpy face by someone near him.

In the bathroom at a cafe, we are reminded that flushing paper down the toilet really stucks.

In the bathroom at a cafe, one is reminded that flushing paper down the toilet really stucks!

While at the cafe, a glance at the menu is an easy source of humor.

Yes, two orders of dragon feet please. While you're at it, throw in a unicorn horn.

Yes, two orders of dragon feet please. While you’re at it, throw in a unicorn horn.

Mmmm the greassy salad please

Mmmm the greassy salad, please

Excuse me, do you have any human sized prawns?

Excuse me, do you have any human sized prawns? Because that doesn’t look like something out of a horror film.

I don't know, maybe some cervid would be nice for dinner tonight.

I don’t know, maybe some cervid would be nice for dinner tonight.

Oooh, I’m stuffed. Moving right along…

...and just out of the comfort zone...

…and just out of the comfort zone…

What have we here? A stamp pad or tampon?

What have we here? A stamp pad or tampon?

Really?

Really?

or, on second thought, screw the planet!

or, on second thought, screw the planet!

Found in the baking area of the grocery store…

I'm thinking about making some cookies...

I’m thinking about making some cookies…

Forget about the cookies, I'll detox.

Forget about the cookies, I’ll detox.

...and have an enema.

…and have an enema. Really though, if you saw this cute little chef drawing and couldn’t read the package, wouldn’t you put this enema set in the baking section?

Why not integrate with banana?

Why not integrate with banana too?

Leaving the store and going outside….

Ducking crossing

Duck crossing

Dangeraus - warning or reggae band?

Dangeraus – warning or reggae band?

Everyday does not mean Wednesday.

Everyday does not mean Wednesday.

Seen on the minivan that took our students on a field trip. Thankfully no one asked what OK meant.

Seen on the minivan that took our students on a field trip. Thankfully no one asked what OK meant.

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I live on a soi off this street, which I've seen spelled at least 5 different ways, but this one is the worst. Seepingmuang - street or rare skin disease?

I live on a soi off this street, which I’ve seen spelled at least 5 different ways, but this one is the worst. Seepingmuang – street or rare skin disease?

After all this, I needed a drink. Unfortunately,

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Penalty 6 Mouths

Penalty 6 Mouths

If after the alcohol you have a headache, Duran Duran to the rescue!

If after the alcohol you have a headache, Duran Duran to the rescue!

My very favorite of the bunch…

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Really, take some time and re-read it. It’s a gem!

Why I'm here

Why I’m here

I'm still happy in Thailand just about everywhere.

I’m still happy in Thailand just about everywhere.

More to come!

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Humorous Signs in Thailand

Humorous Signs in Thailand

Since I’ve been in Thailand, I’ve seen signs that have made me smile, laugh, or wonder what it was they were trying to say. Here is a sampling:

Let's start with cute graffiti

Let’s start with cute graffiti in Chiang Mai

What to order...hmm, how about Tokyo Aeademy

What to order…hmm, how about Tokyo Aeademy, or maybe League? Mama was funnier until I saw it a bunch of times – it’s a brand of instant noodles.

Here's a new food stall at Chiang Mai Gate - Fine Ease at Steak. No, they don't serve steak.

Here’s a new food stall at Chiang Mai Gate – Fine Ease at Steak. No, they don’t serve steak.

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Only deciduous trees, firs are prohibited in these parts

Only deciduous trees in this forest. Firs are prohibited in these parts.

Not Heineken, Mae Hong Son

Not Heineken, Mae Hong Son

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In a bathroom, looking down at you on the toilet

In a bathroom, looking down at you on the toilet

At a guesthouse

At a guesthouse

At another guesthouse...man, they just don't allow anything

At another guesthouse…man, they just don’t allow anything!

Why would you change from Chiangmai Garden to this?

Why would you change your name from Chiangmai Garden to this?

A reason people could be confused

A reason people could be confused

Why not?

Why not?

Oh dear!

Oh dear!

I wonder what they serve here?

I wonder what they serve here?

... Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more!

… baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more!

In the bathroom, above the toilet

In the bathroom, above the toilet

Animal mummies

Animal mummies

Cute note from my student. Printed from her technological relic of the typewriter.

Cute note from my student. Printed from her technological relic of the typewriter.

Another attempt to encourage underage drinking

Another attempt to encourage underage drinking

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187% chocolate cake

187% ingredient chocolate cake

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Antarai!

Antarai!

It's nice they have a danger warning on this sign, but honestly, this looks more organized than most of the wiring in Chiang Mai

It’s nice they have a “danger” sign, but honestly, this looks more organized than most of the wiring in Chiang Mai.

This says, "No giants dumping trash in miniature toilets." (No, it doesn't)

This says, “No giants dumping trash in miniature toilets.” (No, it doesn’t)

Another bit of confusion

Another bit of confusion

No weapons...or ninjas

No weapons…or ninjas…

...or prostitutes

…or prostitutes

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Classic!

Classic!

This one is my all time favorite. Spaghetti vaggie.

This one is my all time favorite. Spaghetti vaggie.

To finish, a cute and very Thai truth, 'Smile is our way of life'

To finish, a cute and very Thai truth, ‘Smile is our way of life’

If you enjoyed these, let me know. There are plenty more to come.

Local Swimming Hole and สนุก (Sanuk)

Local Swimming Hole and สนุก (Sanuk)

It’s no secret, Thailand is hot. Now we’re in the rainy season, but there is still plenty of sun to be had. My friends asked if I wanted to go swimming in a local spot 5 minutes away from where we teach. Why not?

Getting the rafts blown up

Jumping for joy into the water

Even though it was cloudy, being in the water was refreshing. We were the only ones there swimming. The only other person we spotted was a lone Thai fisherman in the distance. We figured it didn’t really advertise that you should swim here, but there didn’t seem to be any signs prohibiting it either.

Apart from this…

…the other fun was swimming across the reservoir, climbing up the wall…

…running and…

…jumping off the high wall. Nice form Tracey and Jessica!

There was a restaurant up on top so Andrew and I went to get a soda manao – soda water with lime, a favorite thirst quencher of mine.

Signs in Thailand can be hilarious at mastering the obvious.

Sometimes it’s just good to order something bizarre on the menu that sounds a little bit naughty. We had no idea what it would be.

Ruby Crystal Balls with Coconut Cream (or in phonetic Thai Tabtimkrob – I think, which doesn’t sound any better) Even after eating some, I really don’t know what the ruby crystal balls were made from. 555!

After trying mysterious snacks, showering off the quarry water, and heading to the city, it was time to relax again with a Thai massage – wonderful as always.

Next, it was time for a Mexican themed dinner at a Thai cafe, naturally. How much do I love Chiang Mai? So so so much!

Yao, our lovely chef, at Bird’s Nest Cafe

Rose and Rachel having conversations with hands

musical hats

guitars and cats

giggles with Rose

and smiles-o-plenty with Rachel and Matthew

It might look like it, but I’m not on holiday. I do work Monday through Friday from 7:30 – 4:00, I take Thai classes, yoga classes, workout, meditate regularly, sometimes volunteer, and I just started ceramics class. An important thing that I’ve learned from dhamma talks, yoga, mediation, and this incredible Buddhist country I live in is that it’s good to keep life in balance.

สนุก.

 

สนุก (Sanuk) is a significant Thai word that means fun. สนุกดี (sanuk dee) means to be fun or enjoyable, but literally translates to ‘fun good’. Fun is good. Maybe this is part of the reason Thai people smile so much – they’ve figured out work and play can both be fun and it’s essential to have a balance of both. Life cannot be in balance without a healthy dose of สนุก.

Random Funny Things

Random Funny Things

In Thailand there are a bunch of funny things that I get glimpses of on a regular basis. Here are a few:

I'm hungry. Let's get some Hot-Ginger Water with Bean Orad. Mmm delicious!

Not monster trucks, but a monster VW Bug on a tiny soi in the Old City

As long as you've got a 'monster', might as well balance it with a mini.

Karl Marx? Mark Twain? How about Marx Twain - cleverly quipped communism.

One of the many dogs I've seen balanced on a motorcycle.

Not politically correct plus-size, here it's Fatty Shop - somehow I just don't think this would work in the US.

Near a Thai high school this sign was carefully covered in graffiti...

...and this one needed some editing.

Escaping from the bamboo jungle in my Evel Knievel motorbike helmet

Making sure these dogs have a proper pillow and blanket to cover them and their fur in 90 degrees Fahrenheit (33 C).

Thailand, thank you again for making me laugh and smile. I love this country!