Southeast Asia is known for many things, from its budget-friendliness to its plethora of massage places to its fascinating temples. But there’s a fun fact about Southeast Asia that rarely gets talked about—an area where it excels far beyond that of Western society. Perhaps it’s because it has to do with personal hygiene and people aren’t always comfortable opening up about stuff like that. But in any case, this area of the world is way ahead of America and Europe when it comes to bathrooms—and it’s because of the bidet.
It’s For Everyone There
In case you’re not sure what it is, a bidet is a small little spray-hose that’s attached to your toilet. In America, it’s reserved for the rich. But in Southeast Asia, a bidet is a mainstay on every toilet, no matter where you are. In a mall, an Airbnb, or even a cheap hostel—you’ll always find a bidet on the toilet.
A Different Philosophy
Perhaps the reason for this is because in Southeast Asia, they believe a bidet is genuinely the best way to clean oneself after using the facilities. And so they’ve made it their business to ensure that it’s the “default” way of doing it there. And if you ask us, we completely agree.
Most of the rest of the world, however, is still stuck on toilet paper. When you really stop and think about it, it’s hard to find an argument for why using toilet paper is more hygienic than a bidet—and we think it’s about time that Western culture implements bidets into all toilets, and not just the wealthy.