Warning: Do not read this if you are consuming a beverage which you do not want to see coming out your nose.
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 become a go-to 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. Many times, the signs bring a smile to our lips and sometimes a full throated guffaw escapes.
Actually, I even found a few head scratcher signs in Hawaiion our last trip. Here are my favorites from our recent trip which included stops in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore.
At the main Wat (Buddhist Temple complex) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, there was this warning:
English is an official language in Singapore (a former British colony) and most people speak it quite well. So, wassup with this?
I’m not sure what happens if you actually do fall while waiting in line at the Manila International Airport.
We have this one courtesy of my husband (Mr. Excitement) from 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 (not to mention, our sons) why exactly 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. At least they try. I don’t recall seeing a lot of signs in Laotian or Thai at City Hall in Philadelphia.