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Toilet habits

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Toilet habits


What's the customs in Madagascar re:toilets? Sit or squat? Water or paper?


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1. Re: Toilet habits

All of the toilets I used in hotels, restaurants, and gas stations were normal western-style toilets. Sit down, wipe, toss it in the bowl, and flush. I think one or two places had a bin for the paper, but most didn't. Some of the toilets in restaurants/gas stations didn't have seats. Paper and soap were often absent as well, so we carried some paper and hand sanitizer with us. Out in some of the the parks, they had just a shed with a hole in the ground to do your business.

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2. Re: Toilet habits

It depends on how much money you're willing to spend!

Most hotels and restaurants that accommodate westerners will have sit-down toilets. If you're staying somewhere fancy, there might be plumbing that can handle toilet paper, but nearly everywhere I stayed had bins for you to toss the paper into.

If you end up in truly local places, especially in the middle of nowhere, you may end up with a squat toilet.

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3. Re: Toilet habits

These days it is sit and use toilet paper. When I first came here 30 years ago it was mostly the Turkish squat toilets with, if you were lucky, some water to clean up with, and some of them still remain.

As described above, some places do not have plumbing that can handle toilet paper so they provide a bin to throw your used loo paper in. Pretty revolting.

Most tourist standard hotel toilets can handle the toilet paper.

Bujumbura, Burundi
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4. Re: Toilet habits

^Unfortunately this thing with toilet paper being thrown into bins is pretty common in many countries in the world. I find it quite disgusting and I've had to deal with it in Korea, Thailand, Lithuania to name a few.

Not in Madagascar though.

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5. Re: Toilet habits

It also depends on location--if you are using a Nat. Park toilet there may (not?) be paper and there may not be a seat, and as I recall in Zombitse, it was squat. Always carry paper! If you don't use it, that's fine.

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