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World’s Worst Toilets

Bathroom, WC, Restroom, Washroom, Baño, Shitter. Whatever you call it, surely you haven’t experienced the worst one yet? Or have you?
3 years ago, May 31st 2020 No: 1 Msg: #208403  
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Spurred on by some talk of taking off your shoes in a Thai temple to use the facilities, thanks RENanDREW !!
I started thinking about some of the places I’ve tried to forget.

My all time shocker was in a tiny wooden shack hanging precariously from a mountainside in Tanzania, Africa. Just a small hole on the rickety floorboards...and a pen with squealing pigs directly underneath.

My number two (no pun intended) was on the cliffside of the great riff in Kenya. It was so ridiculous I just had to laugh out loud, and take a photo.

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3 years ago, June 18th 2020 No: 2 Msg: #208485  
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Just thinking about this topic is making me feel slightly sick :/

I think the worst toilet I've experienced was a mountain top chalet in Bulgaria. The 'art work' on the floor, walls and ceiling (!!!) was gag worthy.

Second would be a men's public toilet on a highway in Malaysia (the female one was locked for some unknown reason). The cubicle was beyond hideous, and to make things worse the door wouldn't fully open so you had to shimmy in without letting any part of you touch the walls!

We had a few 'over hang' toilets similar to yours Andrea... the funniest (in a gross way) of these was at a floating café on the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. The hole in the floorboards opened directly over the water, and it attracted the fish 😊 Reply to this

3 years ago, June 20th 2020 No: 3 Msg: #208486  
Where to start?

Descriptions of certain Indian toilets are beyond words and unusable without wellingtons and breathing apparatus. In such circumstances Ali has witnessed women using the shower for non-purpose.

Hole in the floor jobbies seem to be common on piers: everything goes out with the tide. And on that note I'm reminded of if not the worst toilet then the maybe the most gregarious: in Buca village, Fiji. Few houses had a loo and it was common practice to assemble at high tide and hang your bums over the side of the bridge for a mass communal evacuation. Both sexes would happily chat about the days events as they let fly.

And.... whilst a lack of privacy rears its head: public loos in China ca. 1990s. There were no individual stalls, just 4 inch high partitions. On Ali's maiden voyage she faced forwards (towards the door). Embarrassingly she was followed in by a gaggle of women who stood in gawping amazement before all squatting in the opposite direction. Apparently it is polite to show your arse and not your face. Reply to this

3 years ago, July 10th 2020 No: 4 Msg: #208528  
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My accommodation in Moni, Flores, Indonesia, August 2017. View at your own risk. Reply to this

3 years ago, July 13th 2020 No: 5 Msg: #208531  
Oeerrr, our $5 room in Moni circa 2012 had a spotless little convenience... Reply to this

35 months ago, October 25th 2020 No: 6 Msg: #208767  
Flat to the ground toilets of singapore ( old/ traditional facilities/structure)
While most toilets a new and modern in singapore nowadays. Believe it or not I have encountered the tradition one on a factory tour.

I had to pee so LOL i endured it Reply to this

34 months ago, December 3rd 2020 No: 7 Msg: #208865  
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In many places in India, there are no public toilets at all. I have been to New Delhi and it sucks Reply to this

20 months ago, January 7th 2022 No: 8 Msg: #209534  
Surprising one of the worst ones we ever encountered was a squatty potty in Bangkok. Mostly because it had not been serviced in a long time and people continued to use it. The smells were unbelievable and the flies... wetness all over the floors.
I gag at the memory.

Another was a highway stop on the backroads of Cambodia. Some of these places are indescribable .... and I will leave it at that. Reply to this

16 months ago, May 30th 2022 No: 9 Msg: #209726  
Many years ago I was coming back from some geological field work near Ghadames in Libya. Stopping at a dust blown petrol station on the road northwards back to Tripoli I decided to use the facilities. This was just adjacent a abandoned old fort that looked straight out of Beau Gest. The khazi was at the rear and comprised a wooden sentry box, on dislodging the door a great bolus of flies erupted into the sunlight. Staring into the gloom I was confronted by a sight beyond description. Involuntarily turning about face by the force of a gag, I was confronted by the fact I was in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by stony desert as far as the eye could see. A immediately took hold of the shovel that was conveniently leaning against the wall and marched out into parts unknown to do the necessary in a more congenial environment. Reply to this

15 months ago, June 11th 2022 No: 10 Msg: #209741  
Back in the late 1960s, before TB and instant cameras, I was travelling overland from the UK to Australia. After leaving Istanbul we heard a constant rumour about a "european sit-down" toilet in Kandahar in Afghanistan. When we eventually got there, we booked in to the hotel and, sure enough, there was a sit-down toilet. I was stupid enough to look out the window at the back of the room and discovered that the external pipe ended just outside the wall (we were on the 3rd floor) and the excrements flushed out into a big "pond" behind the hotel. We named it "sewage heaven" and recommended other travelles we met to stay elsewhere. Reply to this

15 months ago, June 11th 2022 No: 11 Msg: #209742  

10 months ago, November 18th 2022 No: 12 Msg: #210015  
We've just returned from two weeks in Colombia. It makes me appreciate the U.S. sewage system even more. In Colombia, you are not allowed to put toilet paper in the commode as the pipes are narrow and will clog everything up. Reply to this

10 months ago, November 24th 2022 No: 13 Msg: #210049  
In response to: Msg #210015
That practice still applies in many countries and in these the bum-gun is usually the cleaning method of choice. Reply to this

10 months ago, November 27th 2022 No: 14 Msg: #210061  
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In response to: Msg #210015
All toilets in Greece required us not to flush toilet paper either... their ancient sewage pipes and system (especially with high tourist numbers) definitely can't cope with this. But culturally they don't have 'bum-guns' as Andy so aptly puts it :D Reply to this

10 months ago, November 27th 2022 No: 15 Msg: #210066  
In response to: Msg #210061
Yes, I remember that now that you say it. Lots of places around the world have this requirement. I guess I feel very fortunate.
Another comfort of home. Reply to this

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