My world toilet collection 我的世界廁所之旅

kyrgyzstan toilet

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Remember my first entry in Kyrgyzstan, I went to a toilet near the border. I heard DONG-DONG-DONG sound, " No way! Did I just drop my mobile in the toilet again?" One year ago, I dropped my mobile in the toilet in He Huan Mountain, since then, I decided to get a waterproof mobile-iphone 7. But this time it doesn’t matter waterproof or not, this is a toilet with a deep hole in the ground! I couldn’t even see the bottom. I searched my pocket, looked into the black hole, I was frustrated.  My highest frequency of using the toilet during travel was in Tajikistan. I got fever and diarrheal disease on the way to capital-Dushanbe. I went to one hospital in Dushanbe, 2 hospitals in Iran. During these 9 days, It was so important for me to use the toilet. Toilets are friends in my life, I never know what kind of toilets I will meet the next. One of the things you would not miss while traveling is using the toilet. You get culture shock from it. It’s a big event of life. Here I will introduce my own toilet experiences.

Japan: Definitely five-star enjoyment, in addition to automatic washing, warm seat, turn on Otohime(音姬, a device attached on the wall. You can turn on music while using the toilet) you can fart at the same time, no one will hear you. Although I also encountered squat toilet in the old cafe, the overall is clean and retro style. There’s no worry at all to use the toilet in Japan.

Thailand: Most Thais are civilized and polite, you can see squat toilets in the most gas stations or service areas, they are clean and odorless. You can also see a small pool filled with water in every toilet. I’m not sure if they use water to clean their butt. I didn’t see any flushing facility on the toilet. Everyone will be responsible to wash away the stuff on their own.

Laos: I only stayed in a remote village for seven days. The squat toilets were in small cabins out of the main house. Every household would lift buckets of water to the toilet in the early morning. The floor was on the land, no concrete. After using the toilet I flushed it with water in the bucket. Oh, by the way, toilet paper was uncommon in this village.

Cambodia: Rural area was similar to Laos. Due to a large number of tourists, they have the better facilities in the city. But in that time I stayed in a temple, they provided clean toilets.

China: With the widening gap between rich and poor, it is full of all kinds of toilets. There is a special one, toilet with a long ditch – there is a long ditch in the toilet room, it extends to every toilet, you can see people’s poop “pass by" your toilet. Toilet without door or with very low cubicles- you will see everyone when you stand up. One day I participated in rafting activities, at the destination we went to shower rooms, all the rooms had no doors, everyone was brave enough to take off their clothes. Department store, hotels will have a normal toilet. Places with crowds, trash can were always full, or flushing system wasn’t working fine. Of course, sometimes there are clean toilets. The biggest problem for toilets in China is that there is no hanging hook. There are two cities are easy to find the public toilet sign, the old town of Guangzhou and Beijing Hutong. Fortunately, China just announced a toilet revolution for tourists.

Kyrgyzstan: It was more comfortable to solve problems outdoor, I mean in nature. I would describe Kyrgyz toilets with a word- a hole. I remember the first time I went to the toilet and hear the dong-dong-dong sound, at the moment I thought I’m done. I couldn’t found iPhone in all pockets, " No way! Did I just lost my mobile in the toilet again?" later I found a cellphone when I rummaged in the backpack, then realized that sound was poop falling in the hole. How to recognized toilet in the countryside – usually located few meters away from the house, a small rectangular wooden cabin. They dug a large pothole, stacked a few pieces of wood, and then keep a hole for everyone. All this is too convenient, not even the flushing system or water, but extremely stinky, flies fly around. There are public toilets in the busy town, usually I also reluctantly to use them, I didn’t need to ask where the toilet is, I could smell them few meters away. Most of them had no cubicles, only a few holes in the cement floor, face to face with people, after using that, I could feel all stinky air in my lungs. Soviet-era apartments – the toilet is separate from the bathroom, like in Japan. Kyrgyzstan is a scenic place. To be honest, it’s better to go on the field and enjoy the view at the same time.

Tajikistan: The condition was similar to Kyrgyzstan. You could find a super comfortable toilet in the tourist center of the town in Pamir, Khorog. According to a friend’s experience, the worst toilet let she had ever used was in Kazakhstan. All the poop was on the floor, causing her to go out of the toilet!

Iran: Where there’s a mosque, there’s a toilet. Or use the toilet in the restaurant. Most of them are squat toilets. When you are asking for the toilet, use the word “W.C." the other asian countries use “Toilet".

Turkey: 

to be continued…


警告:此內容在吃飯時請斟酌閱讀哦。

記得剛入境吉爾吉斯坦上的第一個廁所,那時我聽到咚、咚、咚三聲,心想,不會吧,該不會我的手機又掉下去了?想到一年前手機在合歡山的廁所掉進馬桶後就決定買號稱防水的iphone7,但是這次會防水根本沒用阿,這裡的廁所是地上挖了一個洞,深不見底的糞坑!我摸摸口袋又望向烏漆麻黑的洞,整個心都涼了。還有一次旅行上廁所密集度高峰期,從塔吉克斯坦的首都杜尚別開始,發燒又拉肚子,九天內去了塔吉克1家醫院、伊朗2家醫院才治好,這期間能好好上廁所對我來說真的很重要。廁所就像是人生中會遇到各式各樣的朋友,你永遠不知道下一間廁所是怎樣的個性?在旅行中上廁所絕對是不會錯過的體驗之一,甚至帶著文化衝擊,上廁所是人生大事,也是旅行中無法避免的問題。這裡我來一一介紹那些我上過的廁所朋友們。

日本:絕對是五星級的享受,除了自動沖洗、溫座,在大便與放屁的同時打開音姬會讓自己置身於世外,雖然我在老咖啡廳也有遇到蹲式馬桶,但整體是乾淨與復古風,在日本上廁所是零煩惱。

泰國:泰國人大多數很文明有禮,在加油站或服務區的蹲式馬桶通常都很乾淨不太有異味,而且每間廁所裡會附上一個小池子裝滿水,我不知道是否這裡人有用水洗屁屁習慣,自己馬桶自己沖,由於大多沒有沖水按紐,上完廁所就要負責任自行把東東沖走。

寮國:我只待在鄉下小村七天,廁所都在屋外的小木屋,每戶人家會在一早提水裝滿大大小小的水桶放在廁所裡,地板是直接的土地,中間設置好蹲式馬桶,結束大小便後自行用水瓢沖洗馬桶。喔對了,衛生紙在這很不常見,他們大概習慣用水洗屁屁。

柬埔寨:鄉村地區跟寮國差不多,城市裡大概受遊客影響,有稍微比較好的建設。不過當時我幾乎住在廟裡,廟裡有乾淨的廁所。

中國:隨著貧富差距大,這裡充滿各式廁所,比較特別的有一條溝式-就是廁所間裡有一條溝,你可以看到隔壁間廁所排放物隨著溝溝流經你眼前。沒有門-雖然有隔間但是沒有門,或者隔間很低,一站起來可以看到別人在上廁所,話說有天我去參加漂流活動,抵達終點時有換洗淋浴間,所有的淋浴間都沒有門,大家也臉皮夠厚,就直接脫衣服了。通常較高級的地方會有蹲式與座式,人潮較多的地方垃圾桶常常積滿垃圾,不然就是沖水按不下,當然有時候也有乾淨的廁所。在中國的廁所對我來說最大的問題是沒有掛勾吊包包。有兩個城市很方便的可以找到廁所,廣州舊城區可以看到公廁標示,而在北京的胡同小社區也有公廁。

吉爾吉斯坦:在野外解決比在廁所裡還要舒服,這裡的廁所就是只能用「一個洞」來形容,還記得第一次上廁所時我聽到了咚-咚-咚三聲,當下心裡以為完蛋了,該不會放在口袋的iPhone 掉下去糞坑,後來翻找背包時找到了手機,才發覺那是便便掉下去的聲音。鄉下地方-通常家家戶戶的廁所在房子後幾公尺外,看到一個小小鐵皮長方狀就是廁所,他們挖了一個很大的坑洞,上面疊幾片木板,然後保留一個洞讓大家方便,這一切太方便了,連沖水都不用,但是極度惡臭,蒼蠅四處飛。小鎮-在繁忙的小鎮上可以找到收費公共廁所,通常我也是很不情願上這些廁所,不用問,用聞的就知道廁所在哪裡了,大部分沒有隔間,水泥地板挖幾個洞大家面對面享用,使用完離開後覺得體內充滿著陳年累積的遺臭,簡直無法呼吸。蘇聯時期公寓-與日本一樣乾濕分離,廁所和衛浴是不同空間。吉爾吉斯坦是風景優美的地方,在野外解決的同時欣賞美景是最佳選擇。

塔吉克斯坦:情況幾乎與吉爾吉斯坦一樣,但在帕米爾的首都霍羅格的公園裡的遊客中心可以找到很舒服的廁所,據朋友消息,哈薩克斯坦沙漠的廁所是他上過最糟糕的,廁所內的便便到處都是,導致他必須在廁所外解決!

伊朗:有清真寺的地方就有廁所,有些餐廳也有廁所,以蹲式馬桶為主,並附有水管沖馬桶或沖屁屁,在這裡詢問廁所時,普遍認知的英語為W.C.。前述國家以Toilet為主。

土耳其:在及格之上,加油站的廁所大多設在便利商店裡,去上廁所還可以跟卡車司機一起喝土耳其紅茶。

巴爾幹半島:太多歐洲遊客來露營了,在野外上廁所時能看到衛生紙的裸露,最佳方式是挖洞如廁後把衛生紙一起掩埋。大部分公廁有蹲式馬桶,收費約15元台幣。

德國:以為去加油站上廁所就不用付費嗎?在歐洲不是使用者付費的問題,我真心體會到上廁所是人類最大生存要素之一,它就像陽光、空氣、水,最貴的一歐元。日本的廁所有洗屁屁功能,這裡的廁所有旋轉清洗馬桶座功能,使用前按下鍵鈕,座蓋開始旋轉沖洗同時擦乾,然後就可以坐下使用。

以前在台灣從來不習慣帶衛生紙,旅行中的背包裡絕對是必備之一,每一個國家賣的衛生紙品質也大不同,這大概也能寫一篇了,在台灣上廁所能感受到這是我們與身俱來的權利,從小只要一出門我就是會跑廁所,所以我也不害羞問店家或陌生人能否借廁所,廁所跟路一樣是問出來的,真心感謝借廁所的陌生人們,希望大家能在世界旅行時都順順利利解決!

P.s. 請勿把貴重物品放在沒拉鍊的口袋裡,本人有慘痛經驗。

kyrgyzstan toilet
Our first toilet in Kyrgyzstan. photo credit: Marlin Spencer
outside shower space at the toilet in Albania
Toilet in Albania
Albania toilet, Gra for female, Burra for male.

 

 

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