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Lonely Planet Reveals the Loos with the Best Views

Most people dread going to the toilet abroad. Where’s the nearest one? Will I have to pay? What state of cleanliness (or rather, uncleanliness!) will it be in? But anxious travellers need not fret about finding the best outhouses, thanks to Lonely Planet’s new book: Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide. The book reveals the porcelain pews with the best views around the world – think remote island toilets in Belize, waterfall washrooms in Taiwan and a water closet guarded by dogs in Utah – not to mention lavatories balanced precariously on overseas mountaintops.

There are more than 100 dunnies listed in this comprehensive book – here’s just a little sample of those loos with the best views to whet your appetite:


WHERE? Encounter Bay, Australia
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “Tactfully painted to blend in with its bushland surrounds on the foreshore of wild Waitpinga Beach in Encounter Bay, South Australia, this eco-toilet serves a salty bunch of beach bums, who seek out the solitude, surf breaks and fishing spots offered by the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline.”

Fountain of toilets

WHERE? Foshan, China
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “Made from 10,000 toilets, sinks and urinals, this fantastic flushing fountain graces Shiwan Park in Foshan, China, the world’s ceramic capital. The installation, which is 100m long and 5m high, is the handy work of Chinese artist Shu Yong, who used factory seconds and pre-loved pans to create his masterpiece.”

His and hers

WHERE? Jericoacoara Beach, Brazil
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “This erstwhile hidden gem on Brazil’s east coast has become a hotspot for travellers questing for blue lagoons, sun-blasted sand, tranquil seas and immense dunes. They’ve even had to build these his-and-hers palm-frond beach bogs.”


WHERE? Enontekio, Finland
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “This Arctic outhouse offers a pew with a view of Salmivaara Fell. It serves a wilderness hut at the west end of Lake Saarijärvi, on the Nordkalottleden Trail that wends through Enontekiö in Finnish Lapland. The trail, an epic 500-mile odyssey linking Finland, Norway and Sweden, is Europe’s most northerly hike.”

Toilet island

WHERE? Belize
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “Eat your heart out Robinson Crusoe. This paradisiacal punctuation mark in the Caribbean Sea off Placencia, Belize, boasts its own flushing throne, from where the king or queen of the castaways can survey their desert-island domain. It’s a long way to the shops when you run out of paper, though…”

Redwood toilets

WHERE? Rotorua, New Zealand
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “Thanks to the geothermal activity around Rotorua in New Zealand, the ‘Sulphur City’ has a perpetual eggy odour; paradoxically, the public toilets in the Redwoods Forest are sweet as. The shrouds, designed by Maori artist Kereama Taepa, each depict a native North Island bird, which is either extinct or endangered.”

Really out there outhouse

WHERE? British Columbia, Canada
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “Despite its ultra-remote location on the shoreline of Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, Canada, this impressive outhouse features an automatic flush, powered by the moon, which washes all waste away twice a day.”

Log outhouse

WHERE? Chena Hot Springs Resort, Alaska, USA
LONELY PLANET SAYS: “If Santa has an outhouse, it surely resembles this log bog on the banks of a creek meandering through Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska – though you’ll have to be an employee to enjoy it. The resort also boasts an Ice Museum, featuring frozen carvings, including a life-size effigy of jousting knights and a depiction of a (non-functioning) ice toilet.”

Intrigued? Discover the full list of the best bogs, lavatories and washrooms on the planet in Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide, available now in paperback for just £7.99 RRP.

Written by Alexandra Cronin (Gregg)

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not getting up close to animals and sea creatures, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. 

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