8 Weird & Funny Things about South East Asia 

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8 Weird & Funny Things about South East Asia 

Traveling through South East Asia has been so amazing.  I’ve met countless inspiring people, seen mindblowingly beautiful temples, beaches and waterfalls and have genuinely fallen in love with each country in a different way.  Every place I’ve been so far has had something magical about it, something challenging and something funny.  Some things I was not prepared for (see #1).  Thankfully, I packed my sense of humor and I’m learning to adapt quickly.
Oh South East Asia, you’ve cultured me so…
I had a good, loving, laugh at all of these moments. Enjoy.  And if you’re coming to Asia, be prepared.

1. The bum gun.
 Yep, that’s right.  The name says all you need to know.  Good luck.   Ps.  Toilet paper is not common here.  

2. Signs
like these.  When you walk around Thailand, especially on the islands, there are little handwritten signs on everything with broken English.  I find it absolutely charming- and hysterical.

3. Strange skincare. Coming out of years working in the cosmetic industry I thought I had seen it all…Nope! This is a new one.  A snail shot mask?  

4. “Toilets”
that make you practice your squat skills. Thought you were going to skip your leg work out today? Think again. 😂   

The worst part is that I PAID to use this.

5. Buckets
…with SO many straws.  Are these all for me?   Yep.  They are now.  

6. Weird food.  I went to a night market in Langkawi, Malaysia and saw every type of processed meat known to mankind (I think), right next to a little stand where a man was selling fake teeth.  Huh?!

7. Stray cats walk around like they own… Everything.  Most don’t have owners.  They are fed by the community and go where they want to.  

8.  McDonalds is a big deal.  Some people have VIP badges on their cars.  Some rely on the delivery service- yep they DELIVER McDonalds all over Thailand.   
Then there’s the brilliant marketing.

To the places I’ve been in SEA so far: Thank you for opening my eyes up, welcoming me and making me laugh every day.  I look forward to all that I have yet to see.

By |2016-01-01T11:05:58+00:00January 1st, 2016|humor, Solo Female Travel|18 Comments

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On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.


  1. boozybackpacker January 5, 2016 at 4:49 am - Reply

    There’s a sign downstairs in my hostel that says “Free coffee/tea you do by yourself”
    Naturally, now every time I see it I think of you 😆

  2. Lianne Bronzo January 6, 2016 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Ha, so funny. After years of being in Asia, these things have become so normal that I forget how weird and different they are from the western world! Never a dull moment in Asia.

  3. Tom and Sheila January 9, 2016 at 4:36 am - Reply

    A funny summary! We had some similar experiences. I think all Westerners should be given a brochure as part of the entry process that explains the proper etiquette of all those variety of bathroom facilities and parts.

    • HD January 9, 2016 at 4:39 am - Reply

      haha I completely agree!

  4. Amandas_Wanderlust January 9, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Lol, you’ve got to laugh!!

  5. whereisnoodles January 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Haha this is so funny and so true!

  6. Sonal of Drifter Planet January 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Haha – absolutely love this post. I have shared this on twitter. Well, if you come to India, you will see even funnier signs and toilets! However hardly any strange processed meats but delicious vegetarian stuff.

  7. K.D January 18, 2016 at 2:42 am - Reply

    I quite literally laughed out loud at some of these. Just the thought of having a sink sprayer instead of toilet paper. Smh. Rather odd.

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