World’s Worst Toilets: #5 Thai Train

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Train from Hat Yai to Bangkok

I have to admit, I love the overnight Thai train!  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.

Thus, this toilet on a train from Hat Yai to Bangkok is going onto my World’s Worst Toilet list

Two things I actually like about Thai trains

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…

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The train squat toilet

2) The jet stream bidet hose

The bidet hose you see in the middle of the top photo is the best Thai invention. The Thai commonly have a bidet toilet with a bum gun. The hose is for hosing down your nether parts . 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!

What are your world’s worst toilets experience? 

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21 Comments. Leave new

If there is one thing I don’t miss at all from SEA is the toilet, even though sometimes, depending on the cleanliness condition, is much better to squat than use the western style toilet.

    Christine Kaaloa
    August 28, 2013 12:18 am

    @Franca: Yes, I feel the same too! Sometimes, squatting can feel cleaner than a western toilet, but I feel no delight in doing it. 😉


Holy crap that’s a scary looking toilet!!


I recently had the pleasure of using the Thai train toilet hahah With bathrooms I’ve come to expect the absolute worst and then I’m happily surprised most of the time.


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I love that you use the bumgun to hose down the toilet!


Eeeeeeewwww. Toilets in any transportation mode are always scary!! aaahh! Nice tip with the bidet haha! Some of the worst toilets I’ve seen were the toilets inside boats in Thailand…I made the mistake of walking into one barefoot …and immediately dove off the plank into the ocean afterwards! hahaha!

Cathy Trails


I’ve seen a toilet in an internet cafe in Delhi. That was FAR worser. It was dotted brown! Seriously! It was so bad that I couldn’t even take a photo, which I regret a bit now. 🙂

Laura in Cancun
December 30, 2011 1:21 am

I have 2 questions:

1. When you use the hose, where dose the water go? Is there a drain somewhere, or do you do it while over the toilet?

2. How can people use the squat toilet on a moving train? Skills!


    @Laura: 1- Hah, you know, I didn’t really think about that. = But with Thai heat being constant, I’ll assume it evaporates?
    2- Powerful thigh action, especially considering you probably don’t want to touch the side walls.


Chinese trains have some interesting toilets, although the new bullet trains have moved way beyond the hole in the floor of old.


    @Dan: This is nice to hear. For some reason I keep thinking China is all squat toilets. I have a friend who’s living there and must have asked her that question at least three times in an hour.


Wow looks terrible! I have yet to use a squat toilet!


Definitly I think I prefer the Japanese toilet. They are so confortable, so warm… They even even a radio and some music to hide the noise you may do ….They are so great… But one day I will try that Thai toilet just to se who it is


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