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Toilet Trucks in Bangkok: business is good when business is crappy

Written By: herbrunbridge - May• 22•11

Welcome aboard! Thai mobile toilets ready for visitors.

Need to go when you’re on the go? Then Bangkok Municipal Administration’s fleet of 31 toilet trucks can help. These aging green mobile giants sport four toilets and six urinals, and are used as public conveniences during protest activities and public events. Each truck contains 2,000 litres of water, enough for 500 flushes. Detritus is pumped out periodically via tanker trucks.

Think your job is bad? Bangkok’s toilet truck workers make 150 baht ($5 USD) per day, have to put up with bad smells, premature depletion of water due to people washing their clothes in the truck, and customer complaints when the water runs out (they try to replenish it every two hours). All currently operating toilet trucks are more than 20 years old, and plans are being made by Bangkok’s Environmental Office, which has allocated 20 million baht to add four brand new trucks to the aging fleet.  

Aluminum stalls are optimized for bleach-washing, and water buckets are always available for good cleaning.

We here at WoWasis note that Thailand is one of the world’s cleanest countries, hygienically speaking, as virtually every bathroom in major cities has a toilet hose, a device which keeps users meticulously clean. We’ve yet to see these trucks in any other country, and although they aren’t perfect, they are an ever-present element whenever a mass protest takes place in the City of Angels.

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