Or maybe I should say, the public restrooms that make you pay are always the worst.
I visited a park today here in Chiang Mai. When I arrived, I stopped into a cafe to use their restroom. It was a very nice, normal restroom experience. Clean, western toilet, nothing out of the ordinary. They even had their own toilet paper! I couldn’t find a light switch, but it wasn’t that dark inside so I didn’t really mind. I spent some time at the park and decided to use the restroom again before leaving. I didn’t buy anything at the cafe, so I felt strange about using their restroom again.
I decided to see if there was an official park public restroom. There was, and the man outside informed me that it would be 3 baht to use the toilet, and that I would have to take off my shoes. “Ooh, must be fancy,” I thought. I paid my 3 baht, took off my shoes, and walked over to the restroom.
To my horror, there was water (or something) all over the floor, as well as a hundred or so ants feasting on a much larger insect in one corner. I recoiled, backed up, and decided I didn’t need to go that badly. I must have been making a face, because the man outside made a very unpleasant face at me. He then pointed to a pile of sandals. I didn’t understand. He grabbed a pair, chucked them onto the floor in front of me, and motioned for me to put them on. His facial expression was still very unpleasant. He was obviously very unhappy with me, or maybe just with his life in general. I don’t imagine that toilet attendant is the most rewarding occupation in the world. I put the sandals on, went in and did my business as quickly as possible, and got out, never looking at the guy again.
The first public restroom I paid for in Chiang Mai was pretty frightening, but the park restroom experience really takes the cake.
I guess if I visit that park again, I could always just buy something from the cafe if I want to use the restroom. I bet they wouldn’t mind me just sneaking in again though.
Thanks for sitting though that uncomfortable story. I’ll post a bunch of recent pics soon to make up for it. You can always see my photos a lot sooner if you follow me on instagram. (username anamanae)