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A Quick Note On Toilets In Thailand

So if you were or are as ill prepared as we were then you will not know what anything about the toilet situation and facilities in Thailand. I am basing this brief post solely on the places we have visited so far which are Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Tao and on the whole the toilets come in three forms. First up is the  ‘Hover hole’ as I call it, this has been spotted only once by me and that was in a restroom facility where we stopped off half way down Thailand going from Bangkok to Koh Samui. It is an unusual sight for most westerners but thankfully having taken a trip to China the previous year I was well equipped for this unique toilet (it was all the rage in China –they really couldn’t get enough of it!). Next up we have the standard sit down toilet with flush…you do get the toilet paper option but if you use it then it must be discarded in the provided bin (personally I think this is gross so I haven’t gone for this one). When there is no flush, much like our first toilet facility in Bangkok, you generally think ‘shit what the hell is up with this toilet’ but then you realise that you have to ‘go manual’ which isn’t as bad as it sounds. You are provided with a bucket (40-80 litres) to the side of the toilet filled to the brim (usually) with water. Floating in this bucket is usually some form of vessel which looks like either some Tupperware or a saucepan, you simply scoop the water using the saucepan and quite literally pour it into the toilet. Three times is usually good enough to get rid of the waste. My last little note for the toilet situation is the little hose which is always provided to use as an alternative to toilet paper. Now personally I love this little bad boy because I think it is more hygienic than the toilet paper. Keeping it simple – the hose is connected directly to the main water supply and has a little button on it to press when you want to release a jet of water. Aim, fire and job done. Pants back on and back to the party, it really is that simple people – oh and don’t forget to wash your hands!!!

Sorry to burden you with the ‘toilet post’ but everybody has to do it. Hope this is useful and if I come across anymore varieties I’ll be sure to enlighten you…

Thomo x

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Travelling with my best mate Scotty,also on this site, since 6 June 2012 with the intention of having fun and experiencing life to the fullest. Follow my adventures and give me some abuse and advice. Laters party people ;-)

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One comment

  1. Oh wow. The furthest I’ve travelled outside of the U.S. is Edmonton, Canada. But my husband and I are going to Europe this summer. I wonder what kind of crazy toilets we’ll find there. Thanks for sharing!