Toilets

  • Apart from most guesthouses, hotels and upscale restaurants, squat toilets are the norm. Most of these are located down a dirt path behind a house.
  • Usually next to the toilet is a cement reservoir filled with water, and a plastic bowl lying nearby. This has two functions: as a flush and for people to clean their nether regions while still squatting over the toilet.
  • Toilet paper is available at shops all over the country, but not often at toilets. Some places charge a nominal fee to use the toilet.
  • Sit-down toilets are not equipped to flush paper. Usually there's a small waste basket nearby to deposit used toilet paper.
  • It's acceptable for men (less so for women) to go behind a tree or bush (or at the roadside) when nature calls.
  • Buses and smaller boats usually don't have toilets.