Happy Rooms in Southeast Asia

December 21, 2015 by Shannon Perry

I have a friend who worries about where I will go to the toilet when I am on some of my more exotic adventures. On my recent trip to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, our guides provided for “Happy room stops.”  During those stops, I ran across a few toilets that are worth mentioning.  I only had to use a bush once!

With Eastern style toilets, we were left on our own. In this one, we were to place our feet on the blue part, squat, and “do our business.”  No toilet tissue is provided.  The pink pan is used to dip water out of the small reservoir to the right to “flush.”  Much nicer than some I have used which were just a hole in the cement.

Eastern style toilet

Eastern style toilet

With Western style toilets, there were directions for Asians and others who are used to squatting.

Western style toilet

Western style toilet

 

More directions for eastern users

More directions for eastern users

Directions for eastern users

Directions for eastern users

 

Most of the bathrooms in our hotels had bidet sprayers and some public toilets also had them. This happy room has a sprayer and even has toilet tissue, so it was very happy!

Happy room with bidet spray and toilet tissue

At one stop, the men’s room had some clever pictures (our [male] guide photographed it for me).

Men's Happy Room

Note the camera and measuring tape held by a couple of the girls.

We visited a shop where prostheses were made, mostly for those who lost limbs due to stepping on a land mine. The plumbing under the sink gave me quite a start!

Prostheses

And lastly, a toilet in the Tokyo airport. Several choices for your comfort!

Toilet in Tokyo airport

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