April 8, 2012

Silly Thais, Trix are for Kids

"Maturity is knowing when to be immature"  
                                               - Randall Hall                                    
Where is the latter acceptable then?
Let me preface by saying that I am not making fun of anyone, but merely appreciating the humor in each situation. Heck knows if I was translating my native language into Thai or another completely different alphabet I'm sure I'd misspell a thing or two.
A motorbike transporting a family of four home from the hospital with its newest arrival. No trace of a garbage can at a festival with hundreds of people.  A pile of abandoned shoes outside a restaurant, shop, or classroom. A “toilet” in the ground with no butt hose or toilet tissue. Google mistranslations that make even native English speakers question the options on the menu. The Land of Smiles is full of quirkiness that may not be initially apparent to passer-bys. Over time, I’ve grown to notice the influx of signs, habits, and trends that have many visitors perplexed and rhetorically asking themselves “What?” Here is a collection of Thai idiosyncrasies that have been lost in translation.

Potty Mouth

Over information could cause a problem in an emergency. 
Toilet paper is unnecessary in Thailand. 
Unisex bathroom or sex bathroom?
Say this out loud for an instant posh accent!
You can reduce this message to 3 words and it means the same same thing.

Pens at a school supply store. Swirly poop.
We all love it, so we have it!

Customer Service
I believe the word you're looking for is "wax."

Handmade crafts, including haircuts.
Word of encouragement from every small business owner.

Must be good!
Safety First
So informative with only using stick figures!
Subtle yet honest.
To litter or not to litter?
Don't get too excited, "Porn" is a popular name in Thailand.
Life size Tiger Woods made of condoms. Only at Cabbages & Condoms. 

The girls in Brokedown Palace didn't get this memo.
Information Overload
Doubt that.
Always dot your "i's" and cross your "l's".
Cute kid. 
Look under "Free SIM"
Sweet pick-up lines.


  1. love the opening quote, and love your blog!

  2. Where can I buy one of those poop pens?
    Good work leash doggy! Love the blog subject


  3. Thanks Hailey for reading!!
    Hooch, those poop pens are readily available in school supply stores all over Thailand! I'll get you one next time I'm in town.