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Restrooms in Southeast Asia: The Unexpected Perk

Restrooms in Southeast Asia: The Unexpected Perk

Southeast Asia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. While many travelers visit Southeast Asia to enjoy its pristine waters, it’s also home to some great food and gorgeous cities like Bangkok, Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Indonesia’s Jakarta and Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. Because of this combination of natural beauty and the region’s unique culture, southeast Asian countries are consistently ranked as some of the best places to visit in the world by travel magazines such as Lonely Planet and National Geographic.

From Tampons to Hand Fans
If you’re going to be spending any amount of time in SE Asia, rest assured that you will have plenty of opportunities to discover the wonderful variety of items typically found at the local convenience store. Here are a few we’ve come across during our travels – and the fun ways they can help keep us girls feeling fresh and lookin’ good!

Male Privileges

  1. There is always toilet paper.
  2. It’s clean, which admittedly can be very different from home, but still more hygienic than some bathrooms at home!
  3. In order to maintain this state of cleanliness, there are usually a whole bunch of napkins and hand sanitizer/hand cleaner by the sink as well.
  4. Public restrooms are also super crowded because they serve many people who don’t have homes, so it feels like everyone else is just waiting for you to leave so they can go next.
  5. You’re also less likely to experience dry or sticky toilet seats or toilets that don’t flush all the way.

International Toilet Etiquette
In Southeast Asia, toilets are often holes in the ground or squat toilets. It is advisable to bring your own toilet paper with you because the roll usually hangs over the stall and your back may hit it while going through your pre-entry routine. These restrooms may be uncomfortably hot and humid.
When doing business outside of North America, a meeting may only last an hour while a coffee break lasts two hours! What is this one hour meeting without even a drink of water?

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Public Toilet Experiences
Around the world, public restrooms are a window into local culture. In Southeast Asian countries, where most facilities were not designed with flush toilets, squatting is the norm. Whether or not you enjoy this form of hygiene is up to you, but it’s worth trying out for more than just the thrill of novelty!

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