See ya later squatters!

Thailand moves to western-style toilets

Good news gappers! Squat toilets are finally being phased out of Thailand! No longer will you have to strain while going to the toilet, sweat streaming from your face, desperately trying to hold onto something.

Last Tuesday, Thailand's Health Ministry announced it will replace squat toilets with the sit-down version at all public facilities.

Thailand English daily newspaper, The Nation, reported that Deputy Public Health Minister Surawit Khonsomboon said the programme is necessary to assist the country’s aging population, but it will also come as welcome news to backpackers and travellers too. 

While most public facilities already have sit-down toilets, many shops, houses, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses still have them, and they’re a nightmare for travellers on their gap year.

What’s your worst squatter experience? Any horror stories?

If you’re heading to Thailand on your gap year then head to our Thailand country page for more advice and information and read Adam Lunn’s guide to Thailand.

Also, if you do get caught short, WikiHow has put together a step-by-step guide on how to use squatter toilets for both bodily functions, including suggestions on stream power and how to manoeuvre your anatomy.

Photo of squat toilet taken by François Rey (via Creative Commons)