Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Basically, the idea of a wet-room is genius. Why limit the area of your bathroom that can get wet to a small cubicle cut off from the rest of the room by a glass partition or curtain? What else do you have in your bathroom that cannot get wet? Toilet? No problem. Sink? No problem. Why are you keeping potpourri in your bathroom anyway? If you didn't have those framed decorative seashells on the wall in the first place it wouldn't matter if they got wet. Besides, their seashells. They cam from the sea, they can handle a little water.
Anyway. Thai toilets are squat toilets. You can see an example in the picture above. Just plant your feet on each side and squat. No problem. As far as I have experienced they are always a little raised up or on a step up like this one. I am not sure why. Seems like they could just as easily be level with the ground. Thai toilets don't typically come with toilet paper (places that cater to tourists will have paper). If you are lucky, the toilet will have a hose with a sprayer on the end next to it and you can just give your underside a little spray when you are finished. However, if you are unlucky, your toilet will only have a basin of water nearby with a scoop. I am using basin for lack of a better word. In the picture above that tall walled in area is filled with water. You use the scoop to get out water and swirl it down the toilet, effectively flushing it yourself. How you are supposed to, um, clean your underside when there is no sprayer and only the basin I have not worked out. I have also not worked what I am supposed to do with my now damp underside with out a towel or toilet paper for drying. Basically I think you are just supposed to pull your drawers back up and go about your business. However, then I am wandering around with damp underpants, which is like one of my least favourite feelings.
For more adventures in peeing in Thailand, check out, Thai Peace Corps volunteer, Hayden's blog post here.
This, above, is the rest a wet-room. So across from the toilet and basin set up in this bathroom there is the shower. Notice the lack of tub or curtain. Right you just turn on the water and you (and everything else in the room) gets wet. It works beautifully. So what if the floor is wet? It's tile. When you are done you can just wipe or squeegee things down if you want. Typically you don't have to as it hot and not very humid in Thailand and things will dry out on their own very quickly.
Final note on Thai toilets. Public toilets (at least in bus stations and down scary alleys near bars) are pay. You usually have to give like two or three baht. So it is helpful to cary small change and some toilet paper with you while traveling.
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