Crazy Travel Photo – Bong Collection

Crazy Travel Photo time!

It’s time for this weeks Crazy Travel Photo – it’s the Bong Collection shop!

When I first came across this sign, I had to do a double take. Surely, in a country where you can receive the death penalty for being a drug dealer or growing drugs, there would be no way that a shop would be housing only devices used to inhale tonnes of marijuana in one sitting. If you don’t get the death penalty, you might end up in a prison for a couple of decades instead!

But this Crazy Travel Photo was spotted in the city of Jambi, in central Sumatra in Indonesia.

Funny Travel Photo Bong Collection

Obviously, the Bong Collection shop sells shoes and clothes, but sometimes things don’t translate well into English too well. Just to make sure, I walked past the window to take a peek inside, and yes this was definitely a fashion and clothes shop. No sign of a bong anywhere, let alone a collection.

However, this Crazy Travel Photo probably does have a feasible explanation.

I have a feeling that this business is owned by someone Chinese, because ‘Bong’ is the Chinese name for ‘King’, and the inclusion of a crown on the Bong Collection sign would seem to back this potential theory up.

I tried looking for a ‘Munchie Collection’ shop nearby as I thought this would make sense after one had visited the Bong Collection shop, but I had no luck. Oh well. I still had a good chuckle at this photo!

More Crazy Travel Photo Stuff

Stay tuned for more Crazy Travel Photos. You can see more of them at Weird World (Bradt Guides). One of my own funny travel photos even made an appearance here, so it’s worth buying for that alone… maybe..

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23 Comments

  1. February 2, 2010    

    My all time favorite was a Chinese restraunt I saw in Denver. It was called “You Chow Now”
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  2. February 5, 2010    

    i like ur blog!
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  3. Las Vegas Photographer's Gravatar Las Vegas Photographer
    February 11, 2010    

    wondering what kind of chinees food they serve … :D I want to visit that resto
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  4. February 21, 2010    

    Yeah they have very impressive stuff, but I really had a big problem communicating with them! I wanted this amazing canvas shoe i saw online that they had, but they just kept bringing the wrong one!!

  5. February 27, 2010    

    Funny! I’ve seen Bong shops in the U.S., but that was a loong time ago.. lol
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  6. Bill Nixon - Denver Photographer's Gravatar Bill Nixon - Denver Photographer
    March 14, 2010    

    The Bong Collection is my favorite store of all time. We have a bunch of those stores in Colorado only they are called “dispenseraries”

  7. March 23, 2010    

    Travel photography is extreme fun. Its full of surprises and you’ll never know when the decisive moment will be infront of you. When we are on a vacation we always hanged the camera around our neck and clicked whatever we saw on the vision

    Regards,
    Benjamin McKenzie

  8. May 7, 2010    

    LOL, good one.

  9. May 11, 2010    

    This one is great, the irony is that the shop owner probably doesn’t has a clue about all this.
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  10. Denver Wedding Photographer's Gravatar Denver Wedding Photographer
    May 21, 2010    

    Love it! My favorite when traveling around Asia a few summers ago was a restaurant called Tai Mai Shu. Great food though!
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  11. May 22, 2010    

    haha something lost in translation apparently. Indonesian cuisine is amazing though. Now i want to know what they serve there!

  12. June 2, 2010    

    I love finding the little things that dont translate well from one language to another … like bong shop… One of the perks of travelling.

  13. Photo Stuff's Gravatar Photo Stuff
    June 6, 2010    

    Excellent! Just wondering if I could have a look at the Bong Collection?

  14. Denver Photographer Dave Z.'s Gravatar Denver Photographer Dave Z.
    July 25, 2010    

    Crazy and very funny. -Dave Z.

  15. July 26, 2010    

    This is amusing! I too have a small collection of confusing and amusing photos from various cities. I have a lot from China. :)

  16. danna@portrait photography denver's Gravatar danna@portrait photography denver
    July 31, 2010    

    How I wish I have a lot of opportunity to travel to places and be able to capture some unique moments, beautiful scenes and weird stuff. That’s the beauty of bringing a camera while you’re traveling.

  17. August 4, 2010    

    Interesting indeed. The real awesome things about travel photography is that you can capture so many types of photos and with a wide range.

  18. Cricut Cartridges's Gravatar Cricut Cartridges
    August 30, 2010    

    Haha! That reminds me of the time my girlfriends and I ate at a place called Long Dong’s. Oh, don’t worry… good humor was definitely not lacking that night.

  19. October 11, 2010    

    It is quite funny but I admire how did you learned the world Bong. That is new to me. Now I know that Bong is King in English.

  20. October 28, 2010    

    Can’t actually say I ever seen one of those in South Carolina. Can only imagine if they had one. Line down the street.

  21. bryan's Gravatar bryan
    January 28, 2011    

    just what i needed a bong and some high fashion shoes in one stop

  22. Natalie Mitchell Photography's Gravatar Natalie Mitchell Photography
    June 23, 2011    

    This reminds me of a crude signage I saw in Thailand a couple of years back — “Please don’t BLACK the driveway.” Amusingly enough, folks joined in and added, i equally crude writing underneath — “Yellow;” “Red;” “White.” Funny, isn’t it? :)

  23. David's Gravatar David
    October 6, 2011    

    Yeah I think Bong Collection own by a Chinese this is an old shop

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