There are 3 types of toilets in Thailand. It reminds me of this song, “You’ve gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them and know when to run.” Looking forward to retiring cheap? You’ll need these tips to survive bathrooms in Asia.
If you are lucky and find the first type, the SUPER FANCY JAPANESE style one you are in luck. It’s got heated seats , various washing nozzles and and even a butt dryer. I found these in Terminal 21 in Bangkok. Let me tell you, these are unicorns. Enjoy them, treasure them, watch an episode of Daredevil while on them. Pure magic.
The second ones I see half the time are the ones I’d consider normal western ones. Never quite as nice ones back at home, think of the type that you’d see if you were in a dodgy Chinese food place. You know the type of restaurants where you have to squeeze by a wall of take out containers and dim sum trolleys to get to. These toilets are usually clean and they sometimes have hoses near them. I think these hoses are for rinsing your poopholes. Or for washing the toiler. (Not sure though.)
I’m not a squeamish fella, but yeah kinda gross. Tip: these toilets usually also have no toilet paper so when you’re in Thailand bring TP. See the handle on the side of the wall. That’s for holding onto. (They don’t usually have these handles.) My biggest fear when I use these toilets include falling in and/or accidentally pooping on my own foot. Also toilet scorpions (not a real thing).
While most places have free washrooms, some places have toilets you have to pay for. They cost 25 (5 thb) cents to use and have a combination of the two not so nice toilets.
So, in summary while retiring cheap in a foreign country has it’s upsides it also has downsides. Are toilets something that should be on the list for best countries to retire cheap? That’ll be left up to you my readers.