Princess has $40,000 toilet built for three-day Cambodia trip

Thai Princess Gets $40k Toilet Built for 3-Day Visit to Cambodia


A member of Thailand's royal family who is visiting Cambodia has laid out some rather unusual and specific demands.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn asked for her own personal toilet to be installed while she was visiting the country - at a cost of $40,0000 (£29,000).

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The average factory worker in Cambodia makes £100 a month and the rural area that the princess is visiting is home to people who don't even make that much.

The cost of creating this unique toilet is around 66 times the average annual salary in Cambodia.

A cement company from Thailand was tasked with building a 26 square foot, air conditioned toilet.

It took them 19 days to build, all for the royal's three-day visit to the area.

What makes the story even more bizarre is that when Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn leaves the country, the toilet will be destroyed and the building will be converted into offices.

According to the Guardian, the toilet can be found in the Ratanakiri province which is the princess' first stop on her official visit.

Tim Luong, chief of the nearby Yeak Lom commune, told local news outlets: "I would estimate that they spent about $20,000 to $30,000 for the bathroom's construction because all of the materials are very modern."

Author and former journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall said: "The royals are totally out of touch with the world of ordinary Thais and Cambodians."

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Wellington waterfront's iconic Lobster loos were formed from two concrete 'tentacles' encased with orange steel and are the work of architect Bret Thurston. Each tentacle contains a unisex toilet and is spacious enough for six people to stand inside. The inside and outside have been protected with anti-graffiti coating and as well as Lobster loos, the toilets have been dubbed armadillos, ant eaters and crayfish.

The hi-tech washrooms in Calgary's East Village are heated, self-cleaning and play Star Wars music when the doors close and lock. Sanitised toilet seats emerge from the wall of the automated loos and a recorded voice warns that the maximum stay is 10 minutes. The toilets feature art on the exterior - an image of a woman in water on the outside of the women's toilet and a man floating in water on the outside of the men's washroom.
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Described by architectural historian Lucinda Lambton as "jewels in the sanitarian’s crown", the men's toilet in Rothesay, Isle of Bute are one of the best examples of late Victorian lavatories left in Britain. Built in 1899, the toilet features 14 porcelain urinals along one wall and six in a circular centrepiece. The floors are designed with ceramic mosaic, featuring the crest of the Royal Burgh of Rothesay at the entrance, and the glass roof lets in plenty of light.

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The Trail Restroom on the banks of the Colorado River in Austin is a public toilet and sculpture which relates to the landscape surrounding it. It was designed as a sculpture in a park, consisting of 49 vertical Corten steel plates with varying heights. The toilets allow light and fresh air to enter the space, while restricting the views of those who occupy them.

This five-metre stylish gold public toilet in Wembley was designed to give the effect of a glowing lantern at night. The unusual building has a concrete base and above head height the shiny metal screen allows for light and ventilation without allowing views in. Wembley WCs were designed by architect Gort Scott to form an elegant addition to Wembley's new landscaped and pedestrianized area.

Uster's bright green Public Toilets consist of folded, vertically arranged coloured aluminium strips that can adapt to changing building sizes and shapes. Slightly different coloured strips were used by architect Gramazio & Kohler to generate a shimmering effect that changes depending on the sun and the observer's position.
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