Funny and Humorous Signs, Signage and Billboards in Vietnam that You Must See

During our recent trip to Vietnam, we came across a few signboards that were quite funny and humorous. These signboards were directional signs to help people find their way, billboard or signboard to help sell their products and signboard of hotels with catchy names.

The initial reaction was to laugh or at least smile at the translation. On the other hand, it could have been done on purpose to attract attention.

The next time you come across any funny and amusing signboards or weird notices, take a photo and share them here. As you walk around your neighborhood or travel on the bus or train, keep your eye out for amusing notices in your area. Meanwhile enjoy the following 'lost in translation' signs.

Funny Instruction

Funny signange? This signboard was taken at Danang airport
Funny signange? This signboard was taken at Danang airport | Source

Either the car parking area is gone in 3-minutes or you turn into foot passengers!

These sign boards were taken outside the arrival hall at Danang airport. It was the start of my 'hunt' for funny sign boards during my four-day stay in Central Vietnam. Unfortunately, after my first day in Vietnam, I completely forgot my mission to keep a look out for funny signage as I was too engrossed with taking photos of the places of interest in Hue and Hoi An.

Only after returning home that I realized I only managed a few shots of these humorous signage.

In my hunt for funny and humorous signange in Vietnam I found this 'Cheap travel in Vietnam' signboard
In my hunt for funny and humorous signange in Vietnam I found this 'Cheap travel in Vietnam' signboard | Source

Customer Satisfaction

That sounds fair, but the signboard also shows 0.00VDN (Vietnamese currency). Free Tour as well?

Bad translation is always the reason for funny signages in non English speaking countries. What do you think of this translation - Fast laundry in Vietnam?
Bad translation is always the reason for funny signages in non English speaking countries. What do you think of this translation - Fast laundry in Vietnam? | Source

Fast Service

Please do not damage my clothes if you have to do it rapidly.

Easy rider, Vietnam style. Is this a funny and humorous signage?
Easy rider, Vietnam style. Is this a funny and humorous signage? | Source

Bike of No Return

Can I leave it in the paddy field?

I asked the sales person if I can do this. Maybe she did not understand what I was asking as she just smiled. Could this mean okay?

One of the basic principles of good signage is the use of colors for visual impact. McDonald's red and yellow colors are considered powerful combinations that draw customers in.

Now, this signage use yellow and red as well. What do you think? Does it attract you to patronize their business?

Tailoring is big business in Vietnam. Another poor translation that turned into a funny signange
Tailoring is big business in Vietnam. Another poor translation that turned into a funny signange | Source

Which reminds me of the quote "Sew much fabric, sew little time!"

Let see if I can make it all rhyme:

Sew much fabric, sew little time

Good job, you happy for sure

Mister, get your lady to come

We fast sewing on measure

Why Not Hotel in Hue Vietnam. Can't think of another name? Well, it is catchy!
Why Not Hotel in Hue Vietnam. Can't think of another name? Well, it is catchy! | Source

Catchy Name

Yes, why not stay in this hotel.

It is probably the name that attracts people to stay here. I asked if there's anymore room available and was told there were full for the day and the next day.

So, next time you want to open a hotel, use this name! It might bring in more customers.

What about Sports Hotel?
What about Sports Hotel? | Source

If Why Not Hotel is full, why not stay at this hotel. They might have a swimming pool, a tennis court and may be a stadium as well!

Tailoring is a common family business
Tailoring is a common family business | Source

It is all in the family. Kind of Mafia thing you know!

For any brick and mortar business, good signage is important and it has to attract and bring in customers.

Personally, I think this signage, although not a proper shop front signage, tells it all and gives the impression, or at least to me that they are reliable and good.

Pointless signage for a closed stairway
Pointless signage for a closed stairway | Source

But it is closed, I can't go up.

That's all, folks. There's no more to share. If you have any original photos that you want to post it here, email it to me on my hub pages email (go to my profile page by clicking on 'greatstuff' at top right hand corner of this page. Then, click on 'fan mail'. You will see the link to 'send greatstuff an email' on the top right hand corner. Click on this link. An email pop-up will appear).

Thanks for dropping by.

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greatstuff 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

LongTimeMother, thanks. Hope you do find the photo. That will be fun to have it next to the Why Not hotel.


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

lol. Fun hub. When I was in Papua New Guinea during an election one of the candidates had signs up saying "Vote (I don't remember his name). Why not?"

I took photos but it was years ago and I have no idea where to look for them now, otherwise I'd send you one. :)


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greatstuff 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

FlourishAnyway, thanks for dropping by and commenting. The Why Not hotel name seems to be very popular!


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greatstuff 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

Dolores Monet thanks for the compliment and sharing 'Why Me' experience. Anyway, was the food good? In the Far East, hawker stalls that sell the best food tend to be near the not so good 'location'! Hmm.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love amusing signage and these were all wonderful. Seems like the Why Not Hotel is popular with your readers. A great sentiment. I remember we once went to a restaurant that was pronounced Why Me. After we went downstairs to use the bathroom, the name made sense. If we had checked out the downstairs first, we would not have eaten there.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Cute idea for a hub. I especially like the "Why Not" Hotel and Not Good Not Pay.


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greatstuff 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

kidscrafts : It is actually fun to see these translations. You are right, they have put in their best effort to get people that they think can do a good translation job and as long as it convey the right message, that matters.

rfmoran : Maybe someone fluent in English can get a better job working with an international advertising agencies rather than small agencies doing this signage. Thanks for dropping by and the kind words.

Om : Why Not Hotel looks like a fun place to be. Hope the rooms are okay. Are you still in Thailand? Share some of the funny signage that you saw there, here on HP!

teaches12345 : They are not fluent in English, so I guess that must have looked OK to them! We do have some here in our own country and I have seen some funny signage in UK as well. It attracts attention and maybe that is a good marketing strategy.

mizjo : You can be excused, as you may not know Italian. In Australia, I got a ticket for parking in the wrong direction (against the traffic flow. I did that as a passing Aussie told me it is okay!) This adds more fun to travel, which reminds me of your Biman Airline experience. Gosh, and you were alone?


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mizjo 3 years ago from New York City, NY

I hope they never do get someone fluent in English to translate their signs. Funny signs put a smile on our faces, make traveling such fun, and certainly do give you the message; and what the heck, why don't we learn their language before leaving home?

Which reminds me, I got a traffic ticket in Italy because the hotel keeper told me it was okay to park at a certain sign and it wasn't!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is funny. I love these types of posts, it puts a smile in my day. Do they even think about what they are posting when they construct these signs? Thanks.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing the laugh, greatstuff. Pretty funny. Whenever I visit Vietnam, maybe I'll stay at Why Not Hotel. lol


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rfmoran 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

What a great idea for a hub, and a great job of delivering it. One wonders why these sign makers didn't vet their work with a someone fluent in English before the put up the signs.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I know that when I see some translations I can't stop myself of smiling or sometimes even laugh but I also remind myself that those people made the effort to communicate in a foreign language that helps me more or less understand the message they try to convey.

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