I have to admit, I love the Thai train! Compared to India, the bathrooms aren’t nearly as scary. However, I don’t like train bathrooms in general. It’s not about off-putting appearances as it is horrific smells. As clean as the Thai try to be, there’s almost always a tinge of smell or drips of urine lingering from the after effects of sudden jerks, shakes and rattling stops.
Nonetheless, there’s two things I admire Thai trains for…
1) Both, western and Asian squat toilets are available
Yes, the choice is yours. Princesses like me, can choose to either, rough it or not. Throne or the squat.
Though not pictured, the western toilet is also made of metal and I love that fact. Germs have a shorter life on metal or so I’ve heard…
2) The jet stream bidet hose
The hose you see in the middle of the top photo is the *most blessed* Thai invention. Originally, it’s used as a kind of bidet action; you can hose down your nether parts with it. According to some Thai, this is more efficient and cleaner than using toilet paper.
Do you want to know how I use it? I shoot down toilet seats before I use them! The jet stream on these hoses are so powerful, I have every faith in it to scour off residual drips! Wipe off the remaining water with a wad of toilet paper (you can add hand sanitizer on it if you’re really paranoid) and you’re good to go!
Obviously, you’d want to avoid touching the power hose to any parts of your body and I’d recommending sanitizing hands after handling it.
P.S. Extra brownie points to this john for the extra rolls of toilet paper!