Hold on tight to the handle on the wall beside this squat toilet. When flushing, look down to catch a fleeting glimpse of the tracks below. The steel tray is standard issue on a Chinese train Read the rest of this entry »
Temporary toilet tents are erected using flashy pink silk reminiscent of the exquisite saris worn by the women of India. These have been set up for Khajuraho’s annual celebration of its ancient erotic temples. The two toilet tents emit the distinct smell of curry spices. The men’s contains a concrete slab with a small hole, placed over a dugout with two tiny footpads on either side. The women’s toilet is nothing more than a shallow indent in the ground.
Khajuraho main road
This unusually shaped toilet is a common version of the Thai squat. The user steps up and places a foot on each footpad, facing forward. The only way to flush a squat in Siam is to dump a bucket of water down it. The water trough and bowl serve this purpose. Paper goes in the bin and not the toilet, as the plumbing in much of Thailand is delicate and paper will quickly clog the pipes.
Rama IV Road
This is arguably the most moving toilet experience a woman can have. Once the user is comfortably seated, the gargantuan floor-to-ceiling head slowly starts advancing. Loud, frenzied music with maniacal singing begins to blare. This part is terrifying – the woman’s heart gallops as she envisions herself being crushed to bits by the monstrous head. The looming head finally stops just in front of her, planting a larger-than-life kiss on her knees.
All that glitters is gold in this awesome bathroom born of a quote by Lenin. A Hong Kong jeweller took Lenin literally when the Marxist leader said that toilets should be made of gold to remind the world of the waste of capitalist warfare. As cited in the Guinness Book of World Records, this 3.5 million dollar washroom is the most expensive on the planet. Fixtures, sinks, taps, toilet brushes and toilet paper holders are all gold. The gleaming floors are made of petrified wood and inlaid gold, and the ceiling is encrusted with precious gems. The crown jewels of this exquisite lavatory are the two 24 karat solid gold toilets.
28 Man Lok Street