So you’re traveling and you end up in Indonesia. Suddenly, you wind up lining up at the sitting toilet booth, while the squatting toilet is free. It’s intimidating. You skip the option and stay in line, dancing awkwardly, holding in pee. Once you’re in the booth, you’re left confused. There’s a bucket of water? A bin full of used toilet paper? Why is it suddenly complicated? In that 2 by 1-meter cubicle, you wished you knew more about Indonesian toilets, before you were stuck in one.
Toilets are the most and least favorite talked about topic, when traveling. Toilets are different all around the world, and considering most humans have the same nature calling, anyone who travels will have the challenge of using whatever local toilet there is. Eventually, travelers will have stories about toilets and Indonesia is not too foreign from the list. From our travels, we learned that some people have no idea on how to use the common Indonesian toilet or bathroom. Maybe, we can give you some pointers.
The default Indonesian toilet is squat toilet
While you’ll most likely find the usual sitting toilets in modern urban structures, Indonesian toilet default is the squat toilet. Derived from the phenomenon of a hole in the floor, the more modern version still involves having your knees up to your chest while doing your business.
Health wise, the bowel movement is assisted during the squatting position, no need to push as hard, especially when constipated. However, if you’re not used to squatting for a good 5 minutes, you’ll get cramps. Having cramped legs during number two is an extreme challenge! Choices are bare with the cramps or cut things shorts.
We normally don’t use toilet paper
In the default bathroom, you’ll find a bucket filled with water and smaller scoop-like device called ‘gayung’. When finished with busy, then you take a scoopful of water and splash it on your private parts continue use your left hands to clean with water and wash up afterward. That’s why, sometimes you’ll find soap in a toilet.
Relative. For some, cleaning with water feels more hygienic, rather than with toilet paper. For some, they can’t stomach the ass touching. It might be an acquired skill.
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