Funny Photos From Bangkok

It’s time to take a break from serious travel advice again and just have a laugh, this time from Thailand. Sure, I take lots of scenic photos when I travel, but I revel in the silliness even more sometimes.

First up, there are a lot of things you’re not supposed to do in a Bangkok taxi cab. Some of them may make plenty of sense to foreigners, some may produce a scratching of the head.

That spiky thing, if you haven’t been to this part of the world, is a very smelly fruit called a durian.  The throwing up guy is kind of funny though because really, has anyone ever thrown up in a cab on purpose?

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This other one is a bit stranger. No mooning is funny in itself, but a dog with sunglasses? Does that mean no blind dogs that need another seeing eye dog? And is that last one just a cigarette…or some kind of drug inhalation device?

Next up, no, I did not take a photo of meditating monks all gathered together. These are creepy lifelike statues of (apparently) well-known Thai monks you can buy as souvenirs and put on your shelf.

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It’s been a rough few weeks in the usual powder kegs of the world as an obscure amateur video that poked fun at a certain religion’s founder sparked riots among the faithful. We should all give thanks that the Buddhists are so much more level-headed.

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I traveled through Southeast Asia with a pair of Pickpocket Proof Pants from Clothing Arts. I knew I’d be navigating crowded markets, walking dark streets at night, and visiting sites frequented by clueless tourists. Bangkok tourSo I figured there would be more than a few pickpockets about looking for an easy target. Still, I was perplexed by this sign I encountered several times at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

So…all the pickpockets that might be milling about are foreigners, not locals? How did they all get in there? Did they pay the hefty $13 admission fee like the rest of us, expecting to turn a big enough profit to make up for it? They must be very successful if so…

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  1. mark

    I also have dealt some experiences like yours. I found so many confusing road signs and wrong grammar banner. The great thing is I just got used to those! But, I wish things weren’t supposed to be like that.

  2. Steve in Japan

    I can also relate with you! I have encountered funny signs like those on your pictures.

  3. Gabriel

    Those are really funny. My favorite one is the throwing up guy. I got a laugh out of that one. Like you said, “has anyone ever thrown up in a cab on purpose?”

    Thanks for the laugh.

  4. Jesse

    Is it just my dirty mind or do you guys see also the last sign in the first photo is like couples having intercourse. ;S

    • tim

      That’s what it is Jesse. No intercourse in the cab!

  5. Peter

    That durian even if it smelly and stinks, it still taste delicious. I tried it and I had to stop breathing just to eat that fruit. Later on, I realized the smell stayed on my mouth. After all those, I had a fun experience!

  6. Kao

    You seam to have thougts that everything that is not from your homeland’s position is wrong or silly. I thougt a person who travels a lot could be more humble.

    • tim

      So Kao, this is the first time you’ve encountered someone posting funny photos from their travels? Lonely Planet’s Signspotting sold so well it spawned three sequels.

  7. Ben

    There’s a reason why they put the sign of non-Thai pickpocket there. It doesn’t mean that all pickpockets are from foreign countries, but they did have a real problem with pickpocketing gangs from abroad there, particularly some European countries. When you are a tourist, and you think another person is a tourist too, you usually don’t expect them to pickpocket you, and thus may not pay attention – and your stuff is gone. So it makes sense that they explicitly make you aware of that. It comes across as a bit funny, I think mainly because of the language difference, but still a valid point.
    And yes, these pickpockets really do pay the “hefty” admission fee. All it takes is one lifted wallet and they get their ROI. It’s a “business investment”.
    Pickpocketing in fact isn’t common among Thais. For some reason criminal Thai’s have more of a tendency to scam rather than to pickpocket. Not saying there are no Thai pickpockets, but not nearly as many as in many other countries.

    • tim

      Thanks for your insight Ben. It makes sense if that’s the intent, but I think most visitors will take it the way I did. When I saw “foreign,” besides thinking that funny, I pictured Malaysian, Cambodian, or Vietnamese pickpockets working the crowd, not Europeans. So I would still have been looking at the wrong suspects.

  8. Lauren

    Love the no farting sticker, that’s pretty funny.

  9. Laurie

    These signs make me laugh.

  10. rubin pham

    this is the most funny blog article i have ever read!

  11. Varun Malhotra

    most funny sign I ever saw on a cab.:D
    can’t stop laughing

  12. stephen

    These signs are great, but the ones I like best are the unintentional spelling errors either on the handwritten or printed signs.

    On the island of Koh Chang to the South East of Bangkok there is a menu sign on the main beach showing all kinds of seafood. Grilled fish, steamed fish with chillies, crabs and other types of shell fish and then right in the middle was a dish called yum schwartz.

    There is no way that this is a Thai seafood dish, but I couldn’t for the life of me work out what the correct name would be. I guess the only way to find out would be to order a couple of plates of yum schwartz and find out firsthand. Still it has got me intrigued and causes a laugh when ever we go to a Thai restaurant and think back.

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