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If we had £150k to spend the last thing we would want to do is tour the globe looking for really bad public toilets but to each their own.
That being said, that's exactly what travel writer and blogger Graham Askey did - also known as the 'King of Porcelain' did when he trekked the globe to find the world's worst lavatory and he believes he has found it - in Tajikistan of all places.
The toilet in question has been dubbed the 'perfect hell hole' - a poor constructed tent where the walls double up as its loo roll. Not gonna lie that sounds disgusting.
To make matters worse its actually only a 5ft deep hole in the ground and anyone wishing to use it must be prepared to squat over what is described as 'sun-dried poo.'
Graham says there is also a danger of disturbing deadly snakes and fearless rats which have all made their homes in the nearby rocks.
According to Askey, the toilet in the Ayni region of Tajikistan, on the western edge of the Pamirs and not far from the Afghanistan border, is so vile that the locals refuse to use it unless “absolutely desperate”.
Askey, a self-confessed “squatter spotter”, visited hundreds of public toilets in six of the world’s seven continents before crowning the Tajikistan outhouse the worst of them all.
He has included 36 of the “crappiest crappers” he encountered in his new book ‘Toilets of the Wild Frontier’, which hits the shelves this week.
Other public loos that made his “crap list” include a sink in Bangladesh and a bath containing “litres of number ones and twos” in China - with the plug left in.
A hut on 10ft-high stilts in Indonesia also made the list thanks to its death-defying walkway, as did a wooden chair with an in-built toilet seat in Benin which, perched prominently upon a raised platform in the middle of the village, is said by Askey to be the “least privacy conscious lavatory” he’s ever encountered.
The retired builder developed his peculiar fascination for public lavatories – and in particular their poor construction – on his first overseas holiday to Morocco.
He has since visited 91 countries, travelled approximately 75,000 miles, and spent around £150,000 visiting private and public bathrooms around the world.
He photographed only the outside of the worst loos he visited to spare people the “vomit-inducing” contents, and would spend the “absolute minimum amount of time” inside to stave off nausea.
The pictures he took clocked-up thousands of views on his “Inside Other Places” blog which he penned for the fictitious Toilet & Urinal Restoration & Design Society (‘TURDS’).
His unique posts about far-flung parts of the world became so popular that he decided to collate the top 36 into book form.
Whilst meant as a work of satire, it also aims to highlight the health risk posed by sub-standard sanitation.
Askey, 58, said: “Make no mistake that every ‘entry’ on my list is gross beyond words.
“Some may look OK but believe me – and I know – they’re the most inhospitable places on earth, and to spend a single minute inside any of them would be unthinkable except in the direst of circumstances.
“Each and every one of them would appear to attract members of the public who have yet to master the basic art of ‘aiming’.
“After my many travels, I thought I’d seen it all, what with sh*tters on stilts, sinks seemingly full of wee and bath tubs apparently being used as makeshift bogs.
“But having enjoyed some of the filthiest bathroom facilities to be found anywhere on the planet, the toilet in Tajikistan has to be the worst in the world – it is the perfect hell hole.
“With no toilet paper available, the builders have conveniently built it with a fabric covering to offer wiping functionality – and it looks like the locals have made full use of it!”
Askey, who lives in Brighton, added: “While readers will undoubtedly find these woeful public toilets hilarious, it must be understood that they represent a significant and largely unnecessary health risk, which can be reduced substantially by supporting charities like ActionAid and World Toilet Day.”
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