Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Jet Gorgon

Thai Toilet Etiquette

205 posts in this topic

what about the toilets without the bum guns? the ones with a tub of water and the round plasic bowl ?

how do those work? I assume you pour it down your lower back, hoping some of it trickles its way down under... unless one is meant to somehow reach under and project it upwards in a splash, risking a slip & possible contamination.

At least the challenge of balancing, cleaning and escaping without slipping, falling and contaminating my clothing etc gives a warm sense of accomplishment.

I could answer this one for you, however, I am not entirely sure I am doing it correctly myself. I think it is time for a few of our "thai" forum members to put their 2 cents worth in....

Soundman.

there is a REASON you don't eat with the LEFT hand ,

it's the same reason that the RIGHT hand is amputated from thieves ......................... :o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My first encounter with a squatter was a disaster and I feel extremely bad and apologize to everyone that was staying in the bungalows near the toilet.

I hovered above the squat style toilet and let loose. Problem was that I was having stomach problems at the time and things were moving fast. I had both feet on the little foot rests but I missed the toilet entirely. I saw the sprayer and figured no problem; I can just spray this mess into the drain. That was the fatal mistake because the drain didn’t go into any sewage reservoir in the ground or anything, rather it just went right outside onto the ground. A friend was waiting for me outside and he discovered the smell immediately. When I went outside I saw the giant mess I had created and went red. It was pretty embarrassing. Since then I have mastered the technique, and have become a big fan of the sprayer. If I ever move back the US I am definitely installing one in the bathroom.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For me:

Bum Gun if provided or scoop of water and right hand (I'm left handed so have had to deviate from the old "Left hand for wiping, right hand for eating" rule). That's it, no toilet paper needed - Everyone knows toilet paper belongs on the dining table :o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you cant really read the morning paper on a squat toilet.i like a good 10 minutes on the crapper,& afterwards hopefully feeling 100 pounds lighter.

i agree that us westerners are not designed to squat for long periods.i found that out after one of the horendous journeys in the back of a packed pick up truck in cambodia from ban lung to kratie.

if you are having stomach problems in a public toilet,would you turn on a tap slightly to drown out the noise or would you trump away with satisfaction?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

on the topic of thai toilet etiquette, I read a sign in Thai in a toilet that said:

"please do not urinate in the hand basin" :o

amazing thailand indeed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BTW, do the Thai have similar problems with western toilets?

Well, I've heard of Thais squatting squat-toilet style on top of a western toilet seat! Now that's a pretty precarious position to be in. I could also imagine a toilet seat breaking easily with that much weight on it...

post-16108-1174917540_thumb.jpg

Regards

:o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I just spent some time in the mountains on the India Nepal border, things were tougher there. Sometimes no water, no tissue, no hang nam, and very few trees for cover. Darkness is your best friend in that situation. Watch were you're walking at night though :o

A few months training in a combat field unit in any military will cure your need for seeking darkness as an ally.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
A few months training in a combat field unit in any military will cure your need for seeking darkness as an ally.

Funny

My recollection of armed forces (UK) training relates to defecating in plastic bags and carrying with you.

Amazing how sound and smell carries,

(have you tried when you are in the same position for days on end?)

Regards

:o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Phnom Penh Airport toilet stalls feature this instructive artwork: post-21740-1174922426_thumb.jpg

Notice how the facial expressions emphasize "Do" and "Don't"... :o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys and girls.

I was feeling quite depressed when I came across this thread, and I have to tell you that it has given me the biggest laugh I have had in a very long time.

Some of the posts are absolutely hilarious - I think it works better if you read the posts from the start and go through them all in one fell swoop.

The pictures I conjure up of semi naked, pot bellied farangs with clothes rolled up to their chins, underpants balanced on heads, phones and wallets disappearing into the void, water trickling down the crack of buttocks, bum sprays missing their targets are all just too precious, to say nothing of the portable hooks, coat hangers, and other gadgets that some enterprising folk may carry with them as essential toilet aids.

Who said that Thai Visa was losing its edge? :o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wow, informative and alot of laughs here, too. Thanks, y'all!

The left hand syndrome was always a problem for me Asia, because I'm left-handed. Got used to using my right, but signing my name always raised eyebrows.

I agree with the squirtgun folks; it is easy to use and rather refreshing, but I always used soap, too, and then cheated and dried off with tissue.

Thanks Sarpesius and Popshirt for directions on the correct use of the water scoop. Small things you would never ask in public, but maybe this info wll be helpful for LOS newcomers, too. I had to ask another farang how to flush when I first saw that setup, but he didn't know these details.

Yes, I empathise with creaky boned folks who have to use squats. I don't know how the older Thai people do it either. Bad enough getting up off the squat loo if you are tipsy. I knew one guy who built a raised throne with western seat for his squat, but that doesn't help if you need to use a public WC.

Gwertz, you maniac! :D I hid behind trees in jungles and forests before. Very natural. Just be careful what kind of leaf you pick for cleanup -- pick off something poisonous and you probably won't be able to sit for a week. BTW, I think banana leaves are too shiny and slick to do a good job.

Grovie, I'd like to see you reenact the shirt rollup...

Still beats the poison ivy I used on my first attempt. :o On a serious note, Thai kazis are not handicapped friendly when you consider, after reading this thread, that even the able bodied have their problems. My mother was crippled, wheelchair bound and was given "accommodation suitable for handicapped persons". The first job I had before I lowered all the cupboards and coathooks was to raise the toilet pan 9 inches from its normal height.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
what about the toilets without the bum guns? the ones with a tub of water and the round plasic bowl ?

how do those work? I assume you pour it down your lower back, hoping some of it trickles its way down under... unless one is meant to somehow reach under and project it upwards in a splash, risking a slip & possible contamination.

At least the challenge of balancing, cleaning and escaping without slipping, falling and contaminating my clothing etc gives a warm sense of accomplishment.

ahahah... i had no idea why the bucket was there... kept on shooting at the toilet with the squirter for the toilet to "flush" but it didn't... gosh no one taught me. :D

what about the toilets without the bum guns? the ones with a tub of water and the round plasic bowl ?

how do those work? I assume you pour it down your lower back, hoping some of it trickles its way down under... unless one is meant to somehow reach under and project it upwards in a splash, risking a slip & possible contamination.

For a guy with a lotta posts, you must have spent most of your time in the city ......... the LEFT hand is used to splash water UP to the anus and, if necessary, wash it a bit all from the small plastic bowl, and the remaining water dumped in the toilet.......then some fresh water from the tub in the plastic bowl and a good scrub of the left hand in the plastic bowl, dump the water and you're done. Thais are careful not to contaminate the water in the tub and to not use their right hand. This may not seem terribly sanitary to westerners but most health professionals know that SCRUBBING of the hands is more important than using soap. The upside is that Thais must have the cleanest bums in the world; most that I know are disgusted by the western use of toilet paper.

but what if you're in a sticky kinda situation and it's not so smooth sailing? :D

yes, i've lived with some native thai people that weren't willing to take a crap in the hotel we stayed at while we went on a long weekend trip. they were like "no way am i going to crap with no sprayer, i have no confidence, that's just gross". i was kind of happy because i'm used to the tissue paper and wasn't so used to the sprayer. :D

yes, indeed those who's never been to asia needs to read toilet threads before they head over. it's very confusing, and i didn't understand the whole "pour a bucket of water in the toilet to flush" deal. now i understand, but still washing the bum with the scrubbing technique is still quite hard to grasp. none the less, i do find that using the squirter very clean... but it does get wet!! :o

so they tell me, "take your pants off, why would you wear your pants while in the toilet?"

edit: clarified the shooting

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
..rolling the shirt up to my chin, holding it all in place with the chin. This may sound strange and awkward..
I respect your acrobatics however may I remind the here present that it is 2007/2550, I feel we are but one squat away from the bear sh_tting in the woods.
Western toilets are not designed for cleaning oneself.
The Western type toilets in Turkey have a small bore pipe fitting under the rear of the seat, with a simple tap on the wall/floor to the right of the bowl you can control the flow of water. A good solution.

In Taiwan, the toilet seat was both heated and had a complex spray system (pulse and sweep optional) complete with a IR remote control system, funny - I very nearly pissed myself.

Squat Guidance. Scroll to the bottom - Old type II I encountered in Aberdeen (Hong Kong).

I'm also contemplating fitting a squat toilet in my Thai house, although I'm unsure Thai vistors will stump up my 10 baht fee?

...although I seek guidance on how to make them wash their hands!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm also contemplating fitting a squat toilet in my Thai house, although I'm unsure Thai vistors will stump up my 10 baht fee?

:o:D :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I hate squat toilets, although I like the little water nozzles for cleaning up.

I had a friend who came to work here in Thailand. He had never used one before and was trying to do his business. As he got 'settled' down, and began his 'job', his mobile phone slipped out of his pocket. He quickly tried to fish it out of the mess, only to then have his unfinished business happening on the floor. As he turned his bum back on the squatter, his wallet next went into the hole.

I was waiting outside the stall for him and I was getting quite concerned because of all the noise being made. Since he was a good sized fellow and a bit overweight, I was afraid he had an accident. Well, he sort of did have an 'accident', but nothing too seriously.

After exiting, he had to go home, take a shower, change his clothes. He then had to get a new mobile phone, credit cards, ATM, etc. He sure was glad he wasn't carrying his passport!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

BANGKOK 28 June 2017 12:21
Sponsors