Doesn’t it always seem like you don’t notice something until things get bad or become uncomfortable?
You wouldn’t think there was all that much to talk about involving toilets. Well, that is just not true as I first learned traveling in Asia 25 years ago. Sad to say, it’s not much better nowadays in Malaysia. If you are aren’t comfortable with eastern (pit style) toilets, don’t travel to Asia. If you are sensitive to smells, you might not want to visit either. If you thought that the women’s bathroom lines in America took a long time to get through, stay at a 5 star hotel because the regular lines in Malaysia take forever to get through. Is it the long sarongs? the bidet’s? or what??? Despite the heat, flip flops are questionable shoe gear in the bathrooms as puddles are often the norm. If you can’t pee standing up, just forget it, because if you are lucky enough to get a western toilet where you are supposed to be able to sit down, more often than not, the seats are covered with wet shoe prints!!! And don’t forget to bring your own toilet paper as most bathrooms don’t even have toilet paper dispensers. And never go anywhere without change or you may be out of luck going to the bathroom as even dirty bathrooms can cost to enter (even without toilet paper)! On the positive side, there are lots of Starbucks around Malaysia with very clean, free, western toilets.
Even if the Malaysians aren’t doing much about the toilet problems, at least they have acknowledged that it is a problem:
|clean Malaysian toilet|
|clean Malaysian pit toilet|
|(clean) Malaysian bathroom|