Funny Thai Signs

We’ve all seen them, the bad translations to English or the very serious ones that always seem to come out lighter than expected. I have a small collections of funny Thai signs from my travels around Thailand and some I’ve had sent to me but now I’m looking for more. So, if you have run across a funny Thai sign and happen to have your camera handy, take a picture and send it in and I’ll make sure to give you credit and a link back if you happen to have a blog or web site.

Here’s a few funny Thai signs to get you started with a link to more in the gallery. Funny Thai Signs gallery.

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  2. Mike
    January 19, 2010 | 9:09 pm

    Talen great collection, I really should get some photographs! The toilet seat one reminds me of Doy’s first encounter with my Western toilet :-)

    • Talen
      January 19, 2010 | 9:51 pm

      Mike…Doy’s first encounter was funny. I remember the first time I went to see the family in Mukdahan and Pookie’s Aunt came to pick us up at the hotel…she had to use the bathroom. Later that night I go to the bathroom and there are foot prints on the seat.

      Once a squatter always a squatter I guess.

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    January 19, 2010 | 11:54 pm

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  4. Martyn
    January 20, 2010 | 2:19 am

    Talen you have posted some very funny photos and toilet humour is always very prominent in these type of shots.

    We as westerners must drop some massive howlers when trying to converse in Thai and they must produce a few Thai giggles when are backs are turned. These type of photos are perhaps our way of getting our own back.

    I checked out your gallery and you have quite a collection. I’ll be on the lookout for some funny signs on my next trip for sure.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Tuk Tuks, Samlors and Songthaews =-.

    • Talen
      January 20, 2010 | 3:52 pm

      Martyn, anything a 12 year old boy would find funny usually works. It’s all a bit of fun though and as you said the Thai’s definitely have a some laughs at our attempt at the Thai language.

  5. Catherine
    January 20, 2010 | 10:38 am

    So funny. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen ‘To Bang Sue’, but never caught the humour. I must be a dull person ;-)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Successful Thai Language Learners: Colin Cotterill =-.

    • Talen
      January 20, 2010 | 3:54 pm

      Cat, you have to be a guy with the mind of a 12 year old to get most of the humor…it’s like the Gary Larson comic where the little boy is playing charades with his family and he has his willy out on a chair getting ready to smash it with a sledgehammer…

      By the way how many times have you been to Bang Sue?

  6. Steve
    January 20, 2010 | 12:14 pm

    I’ve seen quite a few of these before, but I’ve never seen the one that says “OPEN Same same closed but different”. That had me howling and even got a chuckle from Golf.

    • Talen
      January 20, 2010 | 3:56 pm

      Steve, Yeah quite a few of the pics have been floating around the net for a while and I get one or two sent to me every month or so …so I figured might as well put them all in one place and see if I can get a bunch more. The same same one cracked me up too…I suspect a falang might have had a hand in that one though.

  7. Oneditorial
    January 20, 2010 | 4:55 pm

    I cannot help laughing myself. I feel truly sorry for poor old Sue. It must be very hard for her.

  8. BangkokDan
    January 21, 2010 | 12:43 am

    Great collection. So how’s Sue?

  9. Sammy Cornwall
    January 21, 2010 | 2:49 am

    Lol! You got me rolling in the floor! That signs were so funny! “Not allow you to feces”? Lol! Hey, im not trying to make fun here, i just find it cute.. :)

  10. Camille
    January 21, 2010 | 9:35 am

    The same same but different sign ws shot by me, at a dive store in Kao Lak.

    More of these style pictures can be found on my TIT (This is Thaialnd) Facebook group.
    .-= Camille´s last blog ..Samnak song tam bo naam thip cave, Kanchanadit =-.

    • Talen
      January 21, 2010 | 4:55 pm

      Camille, I’ll make sure to attribute the picture to you…I’ve had a lot of pics sent to me and not always sure where they are coming from.

      • Camille
        January 22, 2010 | 5:13 am

        Hi Talen,

        No big deal really, I’m surprised to see it show up here since it probably comes from the TIT FB group.

        Feel free to visit there and download some pix, some of them are really funny and good!

        I enjoyed this post since there were two pix that I hadn’t seen before. I never looked at that subway sign in that light before ;-)
        .-= Camille´s last blog ..Wat Phra Pudthabat Sisurat in Kanchanadit, Thailand [] =-.

  11. Lani
    February 6, 2010 | 6:28 am

    excellent work! i’m a collector myself. if you ever decided to do a ‘part 2′ or ‘more signage’ post ~ i have a few for you. cheers!