by Becca Smith
If you have researched going to Southeast Asia I hope that somehow, somewhere you have been warned about the toilet situation they have going on over there.
An actual bathroom I came across in Vietnam, but don't worry this is actually a gross exaggeration and most squatters are fairly clean.
I would hope that you have at least heard about the “squatters”, which is a toilet with a flat top so that it is used by squatting on rather than by sitting. Which when I think about it could be more hygienic - it eliminates the skin contact. However, I had quite a hard time getting used to it, and usually had to hold the wall for support. I also heard some people suggest completely taking your pants off to use the toilet - which is a little more than I am willing to do in a public restroom.
In all reality, I was not a good traveler when it came to the toilet situation, and would often wait for the opportunity to use a regular toilet and would pass on the squatters (which would get me into trouble during long bus rides.)