One of the most baffling devices of culture shock that I have encountered thus far in Thailand would be the ‘bum gun’. It’s a small hose that is attached to every single toilet. I get that you’re supposed to use it on your private parts to tidy up, but I never quite understood the mechanics till now.
The process is easy, once you finish your business, you use the toilet hose to rinse off. The pressure of each hose varies so you want to give it a test shoot before shooting your private parts. If you’re a lady, you want to use a quick shoot to rinse from front to back. Men, just aim for your bum and give it a quick gentle squirt. Now here’s the part where I always got confused… Very few bathrooms in Thailand have toilet paper. So what do you do when you spray your bum and you’re sitting there all wet? Well, you have two options. 1. Pull your pants back up while still wet and air dry (not preferred), or 2. Carry your own toilet paper! This allows you to gently pat dry and be on your way feeling fresh as can be 🙂
To summarize, here are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting Thailand in regards to Thai Toilets:
1. Always carry your own toilet paper.
2. There usually aren’t any paper towels but rather an old rag that usually looks like it hasn’t been washed in a decade. Carry hand sanitizer if you’re worried about germs.
3. The bum gun is your friend. Give it a try, but only if you brought TP!
Happy bathroom adventures!