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Thai Toilet Etiquette

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Lived in Asia many years, and am used to squat toilets.

However, what still is a mystery is how Thai people can do their duty, use the water spray to clean up (with no toilet paper or towels) and then exit the facilities without water running down their legs or a wet spot on their trousers.

What's the secret?

I cannot, for the life of me, Understand how this even became a topic.

Stupid Farang.

Because thanks to modern science most of us didn't grow up crapping on the floor through a tiny hole and rubbing our fingers in the dirty smelly crap that can make you violently ill because of the viruses that it can contain.

I hope that answers your "Stupid Farang" question.

Also a sense of humor often helps.

Cheers.

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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...

Yes, working in a large office in Singapore I was amazed to see feet marks on the seat!!

Regarding how to use a squat toilet, I'm afraid that on occasions my feet go through the motions

We had to put signs up offshore banning people from standing on the western toilet as one poor soul was squating on a western toilet and it collasped under him cutting his ar*e....

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Well after reading 7 pages on this important subject, I think for me I have cracked (No pun intended) it.

I will not venture out of the house without a hammer and a selection of nails! :o

TBWG :D

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What sort of subject is this?

Who the hel_l cares or want`s to know how people clean their asses after having a crap.

This thread must be an all time low on ThaiVisa.

While we are on the subject, I use my daughter`s little fluffy bunny rabbit. It`s brown so no ones noticed yet.

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I saw this topic and just had to read it from begining to end.Great topic.So many people have no idea how to use a squat toilet.I have meet people that have said to me "how can you like to sit on it more then a regular toilet"?WHAT????They had really sat on it.NASTY.I do prefer a squat.It is easier and cleaner.Her is a photo of one that is welllllllll interesting.

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I saw this topic and just had to read it from begining to end.Great topic.So many people have no idea how to use a squat toilet.I have meet people that have said to me "how can you like to sit on it more then a regular toilet"?WHAT????They had really sat on it.NASTY.I do prefer a squat.It is easier and cleaner.Her is a photo of one that is welllllllll interesting.

At least it has a roof... our next door neighbours doesn't.. and we live on higher land :o

totster :D

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Not directly a reply to the OP, but a funny story about "Western" toilets in the Netherlands 50 years ago.

In that days, most of the houses had their toilet (which was simple hole in the ground) out of the house.

A cattle farmer in a little Dutch town was going to Amsterdam to sell a few of his best cows.

When he returned home that day, he called his whole family together to tell the story about the big city.

"After I sold my cows, I had to go to the toilet. So I want to a local coffee shop and went to the toilet."

"It was unbelievable. The toilet was a Ceramic bowl where I could sit on and do the shitting."

"After I had finish shitting, I pulled a handle and wish ....., everything was washed away and the bowl was filled with just enough fresh water to wash my hands and my face.

:o

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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.

I still have a home in the US and have installed one in all the toilets. As we have many guests there--and it is human nature to experiment--there have been many converts to the bum gun. As a result, I return to the US with a suitcase full of bum guns from MBK to give as gifts and they are very appreciated. (Some say the kitchen sink spray hoses available in the west will work as well, but they don't have the proper nozzle to get the job done correctly.) I am the bum gun Santa!

At the request of my wife, I installed the dish sprayer variety at our home in the U.S. Not being much of a handyman, I went to the local Home Depot and consulted with a store assocciate about what I wanted to do. His first reaction was "Are you serious?"

Yes I was and he was very helpful in getting the fittings I would need and telling me how to do it. There was no discussion of how it would be used, which was good as I am still not sure, except I know Farangs like them as bum guns. Anyhow, I did the installation and the wife was happy with it. She did not complain about nozzle size or water stream pressure.I have never asked her exactly how she uses it. So as far I can tell, a dish sprayer should do just fine for the ladies.

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I always crouch, even in the UK I hate sitting on someones dirty, sweaty seat...yukkk

ps.. Have you ever had a mosquito bite ya ass? Knacks doesnt it....

Worse when one bites your bell end and you have such an itch to scratch. Embarrassing, but it happened and the looks I got .........

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I saw this topic and just had to read it from begining to end.Great topic.So many people have no idea how to use a squat toilet.I have meet people that have said to me "how can you like to sit on it more then a regular toilet"?WHAT????They had really sat on it.NASTY.I do prefer a squat.It is easier and cleaner.Her is a photo of one that is welllllllll interesting.

At least it has a roof... our next door neighbours doesn't.. and we live on higher land :o

totster :D

Classic!

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Does anyone have trouble with "splashing"? Maybe it's because I hold it until I have to go so badly, that it comes out in a hard stream that splashes back up all over my legs, feet and whatever. I'm a girl. Does that matter? Any tips? The only solution I have found so far is to go right before I'm about to take a shower--then I just wash everything down. Yikes!

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Does anyone have trouble with "splashing"? Maybe it's because I hold it until I have to go so badly, that it comes out in a hard stream that splashes back up all over my legs, feet and whatever. I'm a girl. Does that matter? Any tips? The only solution I have found so far is to go right before I'm about to take a shower--then I just wash everything down. Yikes!

That about sounds right , and I read one poster was considering PAYING to instal one of these 'Jungle accessories ' in his home !!!!!!!!!!! About the most unhygenic device I have ever come across , it was better when they just walked into the trees and dug a hole , at least you could find a dry spot and lots of handy branches to hang your clothes . :o

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I am surprised that most foreigners here seem to embrace the squatting and bum spraying as hygienic. Is it a psychological mechanism of denial, as it can be disturbing to realize the lack of hygiene? I might be wrong, but I cannot see how this can really be hygienic. I believe it is more important to have clean hands than a 100% clean bum. Especially if people have long nails and jewelry on their fingers, it is really unhygienic to use ones hand to wash the bum. Even by washing the hand carefully afterwards, it is kind of risky, I would say. And many places they do not have soap. From a western perspective, this is insane. 

Splashing water into ones bum does not in itself give a thorough cleaning, one has to use a hand as well. And to really get it clean, it may take some thoroughness, which will inevitably leave the hands in a suspicious condition. Better to do that job with toilet paper. A lot of the shit in ones bum needs to be met with a certain resistance to be cleaned off. Can’t see how water and a light touch with ones hand can do that job as good as toilet paper.

As far as the bum sprayer goes, I cannot see how the device in itself can be hygienic. A lot of shit might fall on it when using it – at least: how can you control whether that happens or not? It seems to me that both the water and the shit may easily go places where it should not. 

And if one has a western toilet and a bum sprayer – does one sit on the seat while using the sprayer? Then the sprayer and the hand have to go almost into the toilet bowl – this in itself does not seem very hygienic. Then one should at least flush down ones piece of work before using the sprayer. And the wire can easily get into the water in the toilet bowl, right? Or if one stands up a little, and uses the bum sprayer, this seems likely to increase the chance of the water and shit going places where it should not.

In India too they usually squat and use water buckets. Or they have bum sprayers. In the 70s a medical doctor (Was it Doctor Meredith or something?) conducted some research in the Indian city Pune. He found that almost all items, including vegetables etc – had shit on them. It certainly had a connection with the toilet etiquette. He tried to bring this problem to awareness, as he thought the lack of hygiene was the main reason for many health issues there. But it was very taboo to attack the toilet etiquette. They rather wanted to explain all the health issues by the “tropical climate”, than to face the truth. I have always been sick several times when I have been in India. I have not heard about anyone who has not had that problem. 

But Thailand seems to be different. Here I have not gotten really sick. I would say the streets, hotels etc are generally cleaner here in Thailand (the big cities) than in India. There is a better system to get rid of garbage etc. This might be one reason why Thailand does not seem to have these problems so much. But taking into consideration the toilet etiquette and that there is often a lack of soap, I am surprised things seem to be going so smooth. In a hospital in Sweden, one of the staff had diarrhea and did not wash his hands well enough. He was working in the kitchen. Soon a lot of people got really sick, and it was a big issue. Strange that this kind of thing does not seem to happen so much here in Thailand.

Certainly using toilet paper can also be kind of unhygienic if one is not wiping very consciously. But then at least ones hands are likely to be still quite clean, if washed with some soap. I believe that using toilet paper thoroughly – wiping many times both in the middle and on “both sides” of ones bum – is the best way. And to wash ones bum carefully with soap once a day, in the shower.

Would be interested to have the hygienic benefits of using water/hand or bum sprayer explained in detail – taking into account the things I mentioned above.

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^Jens1,

You have chosen a CRACKER (Pardon the Pun) of a topic to make your first post here on thai visa.

Welcome!

I hope all your work here doesnt focus around the anus :)

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Does anyone have trouble with "splashing"? Maybe it's because I hold it until I have to go so badly, that it comes out in a hard stream that splashes back up all over my legs, feet and whatever. I'm a girl. Does that matter? Any tips? The only solution I have found so far is to go right before I'm about to take a shower--then I just wash everything down. Yikes!

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