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Posted by Jessica on Apr 30, 2009
Ten Amusing Photos from Laos

This morning I was intending to post a story with some of our favorite photos from Laos. But while I was hunting through the 1,400 or so photos we took in Laos, I kept getting distracted.

We've stumbled across some amusing signs while traveling: signs in markets, signs on roads, signs in restaurants, signs at borders (like the header image on this post, for example). Most of the time the signs are entertaining because the English used isn't quite correct and the end result is rather endearing. And sometimes signs are interesting because they highlight the differences between cultures. Either way, it's hard not to smile at some signs when you travel. And the signs in Laos – as I remembered this morning while hunting through our photos – were no exception.

Some of the photos below are prime examples of enthusiastic English, some highlight cultural differences (i.e. the badminton photo: badminton is hugely popular in Laos, hence the need for a badminton stadium!), and others are simply funny (or perhaps in poor taste) in that "school yard humor" sort of way. No matter, each of these photos has made us smile, and perhaps they'll make you smile too!

'Badminton = serious business


'I can't for the life of me figure out what this one means, but I love their enthusiasm!


'You put your right foot in, you put your left foot out...

'Do you think cake bread is included with the chain room? Or is it extra?

'Phousi massage? Oh my!


'I know, I know, I have the humor of a 4 year old...but I'm still not trying their pizza


'Laos is, after all, still a communist country, comrade

'I guess it's good to know your clientele?


'Income-generating unit? How industrious!


'The Cheat, The Embezzlement, AND The Counterfeit? Why it must be the new three musketeers!

Tim the hedgehog
May 1, 2009 at 9:19pm
I love the rollover text on the photos, you goofball. "Badminton = serious business" is my personal favorite.

Belly has a preference for Poupe Pizza…but that's because he's a doggy who used to nibble on elephant poo. What can we expect? :)

Missy&Derick
May 2, 2009 at 9:12am
I find it amusing that an entire body massage costs the same as a foot massage. and i wonder what the Lad massage is? at first i thought it meant, you know, a young lad, but why would that cost more than a foot massage?

These are fun. I like the rollover tags as well!

Klaus
May 4, 2009 at 5:24pm
Avoid the cheat

You should post the one from Bangkok "the cat will bite you hurtingly"

Shana
May 4, 2009 at 7:52pm
These are awesome! Thanks for the laughs.
Jessica the hedgehog
May 5, 2009 at 1:41pm
Shana – Thanks, sweetie! I'm very amused by the Red Cross one. I think I'll have to email that to my old co-workers at the Red Cross in Philly! :)
Jessica the hedgehog
May 5, 2009 at 1:43pm

You should post the one from Bangkok "the cat will bite you hurtingly"

Klaus – Oh my gosh! I totally forgot about that one. I feel a second round of signs (perhaps this time from Thailand?) is in order! Muhahaha. :)

Jessica the hedgehog
May 5, 2009 at 1:48pm

I find it amusing that an entire body massage costs the same as a foot massage.

Missy and Derick – I know, right?! That must be either an *amazing* foot massage or a *horrible* body massage! Or maybe they mean they massage you with their feet? I'm so confused!

and i wonder what the Lad massage is? at first i thought it meant, you know, a young lad, but why would that cost more than a foot massage?

I think (although it's Southeast Asia so I can't be sure!) that Lad massage is actually meant to be Lao massage (sort of like a Thai massage, I guess, but in Laos). But if that is the case, some assistance making Os look different than Ds is very, very necessary: lad massage has a whole other connotation!

November 26, 2011 at 11:39am
hahahahah the massage photo cracked me up!
November 28, 2011 at 8:52am
Hi Denise! :)

Jessica will be happy to hear that she gave you a chuckle – I know that the massage photo is one of her favorites. :)


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