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   Posted 12/28/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll be heading to Thailand in just over a week for a ten day vacation. Has anyone been? I'm very excited and nervous. We will be in Bangkok for 7 days and Phuket for 3. We are staying at decent hotels in both cities so I'm not worried about the accommodations there, I'm just nervous about "squat toilets" and other things I might encounter in the city. I'm hoping I will be able to avoid squatters as I'm reading that a lot of places in tourist areas have western toilets (mostly sans TP, but I can easily bring my own.) Has anyone had to use one? How did it go? Am I going to poo on my shoes??

If anyone has traveled to Thailand or similar Asian countries and has any specific stories about their trip and things they wished they knew or pictures! Let me know.

Does anyone have any advice for traveling far away? Things that are necessary to pack?? Fun stories? Experiences?
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   Posted 12/28/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha all right...the squat toilets are very common in many Asian countries and are used to efficiency so to speak. Some Westerners have difficulty at first, but they are actually very easy to use provided you have normal strength(probably not the best during a flare). They even have sections in some of books on Japan devoted solely to the 'art' of using them.

As for traveling far away..I can't really think of much except make sure you have extra medication, toilet paper, and planning for where and what you will eat.

I hope you have a great time! It sounds pretty exciting. Maybe I can fit in your suitcase?
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   Posted 12/29/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to Singapore and Phuket this past March. I have to admit though, we had SUCH a nice place at our resort that never really ventured into the real city. We stayed at the Sheraton Grand Laguna. While I LOVED my trip I wish I had been more adventurous and went into the city for a night. My husband wanted to go to Patong one day but I just wasn't feeling like being away from a bathroom. I had no problems at all on the resort and all the bathrooms were American style. In Singapore and in the Phuket airport they had both - a couple stalls with toilets and a couple w/ squat pots. I never used the squat pot. Part of the reason we didn't venture out of the resort much is that we were upgraded to a private Villa - that was bigger than my house at home - w/ it's own private pool. It was AMAZING. We had no reason to leave! If you go on tours or venture out more let me know how it goes. I am sure we will go back someday and I would love to get out and about.

By the way, on the resort I drank bottled water and ordered regular drinks. I had tons of fruit in my room that I ate without any problems. It was SO FRESH and yummy. Everything had a peel though so I was just peeling it off and eating what was underneath.

Have fun!
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