The Oddities of South East Asia

We have seen our fair share weird and wonderful things in South East Asia so far on this trip.  Maybe the word “weird” is unfair, but its definitely true that there are no shortage of things that appear strange from our Canadian point of view.  We have taken to saying “Don’t ask why. It’s Asia.”

We’ve been taking pictures of “the oddities” of South East Asia, and we have finally saved enough up for a picture dump. Don’t worry, not all of these are spelling/translation errors – though that could be an entire post unto itself.

So, in no particular order……let’s begin!

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There are no shortage of funny translation errors.  Get it, short-age? Hoi An, Vietnam.
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Its like a chose your own adventure…but for drinks! Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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This is not a trustworthy horse. Hanoi, Vietnam.
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You know what you’re getting at this place. Bangkok, Thailand.
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Signs similar to this are in bathrooms all over SEA.  Apparently there is a problem with people standing on toilets, and then getting badly injured as a result.  This is because they are used to squat toilets (Asian style toilets) and don’t like the western toilet.  Bangkok, Thailand.
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It makes you wonder what happened that rule #4 was required.  Hanoi, Vietnam.
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We love grapes and eat a ton of them at home.  So we wanted to see if we could get some in a store in Thailand.   To our surprise, their grapes were from California, and in exactly the same packaging we see in grocery stores in Canada.  Bangkok, Thailand.
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How do you even get close enough to the monkey to hit it? Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
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Baby swing! Don Khone, Laos.
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Only the finest boxed wine from Niagara at Pearson Airport Duty Free.  Toronto, Canada.
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Baggage check in at Don Mueng Airport in Bangkok.  After handing over your checked baggage, you have to wait in this area and watch it go by on the screen.  We think its some sort of security check, because the sign says you can leave after 5 minutes. Bangkok, Thailand.
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7-11 in Thailand has some of the weirdest on-the-go foods you can imagine.  Do these sound appetizing?  Bangkok, Thailand.
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Also appetizing.  Bangkok, Thailand.
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For people who really hate crusts.  So do they bake it like this, or cut the crusts off the loaf after it comes out of the oven? To make things even stranger, this was being sold at an airport.  Bangkok, Thailand.
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Burma needs to hire some electricians.  “Safeguard”.  Somewhere in Burma.
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The classic swastika sandwich.  We are aware that the swastika has been a symbol in Asian cultures for years before it was utilized by the Nazis.  That being said, its still strange to see it used frequently.  At a road side rest stop, somewhere in Burma.
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Fake Burmese (or maybe Chinese) version of Ferrero Rocher. They look much better than they tasted.  Mandalay, Burma.
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Bus stop somewhere in Burma.
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A tv anchor presenting the news by reading from a newspaper. Bagan, Burma.
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Say what you like about the KKK, but apparently they like their dishes to be spotless.  Somewhere in Burma.
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The future is now.  SEA’s first robot-waiter restaurant. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Our robot overload….or just the robot waiter. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Exorcism tools on sale.  Vang Vieng, Laos.
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Coincidentally, also the name of Doug’s next album.  Otres Village, Cambodia.
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We saw the cow. It likes to wander the streets.  It looked pretty nice through.  Don Khone, Laos.
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You know what you’re getting up front at this place. Vang Vieng, Laos.
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PJs, all day, every day.  Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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If only this place would open up as a chain in Canada.  Hanoi, Vietnam.
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So this is what Obama is doing now that he’s out of the White House!  Hanoi, Vietnam.
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“Special Seasoning”, eh?  Angkor, Cambodia.
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This is the first time we have ever seen an elephant crossing sign.  Angkor, Cambodia.
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There are ridiculous spelling mistakes on every menu in SEA, but this one seemed particularly bizarre.  Maybe its not a spelling/translation error? Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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This guy, in Hanoi’s hottest club – Hero’s.  Hanoi, Vietnam.
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If the Nazi’s had made it into the 1960’s.  Hoi An, Vietnam.
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For all your international law needs.  Hoi An, Vietnam.
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As opposed to the other types of prescriptions?  Hoi An, Vietnam.
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Custom fruit suits and dresses are all the rage.  Seriously, every tailor shop in Hoi An has something like this on display right in the front of the store.  We think they’re popular with Chinese or maybe Korean tourists.  Hoi An, Vietnam.
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Unfortunately, they wouldn’t ship Kerry and Neil to us. Hue, Vietnam.
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Twilight, translated into Vietnamese. At the Harry Potter restaurant.  Hanoi, Vietnam.

And last but not least, this video.  Apologies for the vertical filming.

  • Emily and Doug / April 27, 2017 / Dalat, Vietnam @ Katie’s Guesthouse at 7:13pm
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7 thoughts on “The Oddities of South East Asia

  1. My favorite are
    – Obama restaurant (the picture even lol)
    – morning glory on a menu
    – newspaper reading tv anchor (did you get video)
    – electrical safety
    – the bathroom sign. Oh my gosh

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