WARNING! Toilet Post

Apr 07, 2011 5 Comments by

Seriously this is going to be a post about toilets and all their glory in asia. If you don’t want to read about that, now would be a good time to click on another post. Like straws! Straws are happy and not about toilets. Fair warning, read forward at your peril.

So after discussions have arose on facebook about my use of the term “squattie” toilets, I’ve decided to open your western eyes to the joys of bathrooms here in asia. While you do find some normal western porcelain thrones, by far the most common type are these:

A squattie toilet!

They’re used just as the name suggests, you squat over them. The process is fairly simple, you place both feet on the platform, pull down the pants, hike up your pants (so they don’t hit the ground) and remind yourself that gravity works in your favor. This one happens to be the toilet I found at a shack rest-stop along the river to the Thai border.

Squattie toilets have no flushing mechanism. You use this:

A large tub filled with water and a scooper. To flush a squattie toilet, merely pour water down the drain until only clear water remains. It also serves the dual purpose of hygiene. Hopefully you’ve had the forethought to bring along toilet paper, otherwise this badboy is your only option.

These honestly get easier to use as time progresses. That said, I have no idea how women in suits, hose and high heels would manage.



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5 Responses to “WARNING! Toilet Post”

  1. Emily says:

    I would just like to say that I had the same experience in Japan. I think I told you about it. Glad someone else now understands the squattie :)

    • Heather says:

      Haha yes thanks Emily for giving me the insight on squat toilets. I’m forever grateful. :) And I know better than to ask Drew why he was reading about toilet design. These are things I’m better off not knowing.

  2. Drew says:

    According to something I read the other day, these are actually better for you, in terms of body strain and such. Don’t ask why I was reading about toilet design.

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  4. Ali says:

    Ahhh yes, the squatter. The first time I experienced one of these I realized how I take a lovely porcelain throne for granted.

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