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:D I grew up using that thing. When I went studying abroad, I had problems with the toilet you guys called as the normal one (the sitting one). I literally wet my pants several times. Probably I should start a post about "How to sit on the normal toilet". Here are just some extra tips so you don't wet your pants on a squatting toilet. I will suggest you ...


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Here is a video that explains how people use this thing. Seriously, it's informative and visually presented and makes it much clearer.


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Ok, I'll take the risk in answering ;) Anyway, I'll take the notes from a Wiki How link, and add in bits from past experiences... Bring your own toilet paper. I used to think this was ridiculous. How could a public bathroom NOT have toilet paper? Then I went to Egypt where the majority of our group had Delhi Belly AND you had to pay for a couple of ...


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There is only one location that checks all your boxes, and no others come close: Istanbul. The west part of the city (its historical center) is considered to be in Europe, the part on the eastern side of the Bosphorus strait is in Asia. There is a bridge that you can drive over, the city is extremely scenic with many beautiful mosques and the Hagia Sophia, ...


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Nobody seemed to have given emphasis on what I consider the most important, the position of your arms when doing it: they must be extended away. No: Yes! I live in China and got used to them squat toilets, they are actually better for the transit, and learning this position is good for many other purposes, like waiting for the subway, watching the sun ...


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This is funny. When I first read the question, I thought it a humorous prank. But, half way through the page, I was sort of convinced that it may possibly not have been intended to be. I have used squat toilets for nearly all my life. At home, we have both the squat toilets and the sitting ones. I don't mind either, but I find the squat toilets to be more ...


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Nowhere in China. American Chinese cuisine (and its relatives in Australia, Europe, etc) is heavily adapted for Western tastes: "Chinese-American cuisine is 'dumbed-down' Chinese food. It’s adapted... to be blander, thicker and sweeter for the American public" Some dishes are localized versions of actual Chinese dishes (eg. Kung Pao chicken, which ...


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Most of the answers here cover most bases you need to know so I'll try to cover topics not mentioned yet. Do a short flush / send a bit of water down the pan before you begin. It'll help sending everything down later. Washing up after you're done: Sometimes, you find a soap bar left inside a toilet instead of liquid soap. I'd suggest you to use this for ...


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You have asked at the right place because I happen to have six brochures with me all about ferries between Japan and Korea and I've done this very trip six times and used most of the ferries at least once! User humphreyb has already told you all about the fast hydrofoil ferry, so I will concentrate on the other (overnight) ferries. Camellia Line Co., ...


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Istanbul is a massive city. If you wish to visit the European-Asian border but big cities are not your thing, you can take the train up to the Arctic Circle in the Russian Polar Ural. Asia-Europe border. Source: Wikimapia. In Northern Russia, there are trains between Vorkuta (infamous for its history as a penal labour camp) and Labytnangi, just outside ...


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It's not Japan, it is Russia! Wikipedia has a good article about extreme points of Eurasia.


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I grew up with those as well and only positive that comes out from using those is that you get a good work out and avoid keeping reading material in your bathroom. I am not sure about other parts of Asia but in India they mostly have western toilets in metropolitan cities. I had a tough time adjusting back to the squatter when I went back after 10 years. ...


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These are used to wash the private areas after using the toilet, it is the upgrade to the jug, so instead of filling a jug and use it to wash you use the hose directly. To use it, hold it with one hand (the dominant) and press, water stream will wash away things, you also can use the other hand (non-dominant) to clean while aiming the stream to the private ...


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This past summer I followed quite a bit of it through Central Asia, in areas which I'd consider to be moderately difficult to navigate - like Uzbekistan. Wikitravel shows more information on the Silk Road, and it's worth noting there are several branches of it, depending on whether you go through the deserts, or through Afghanistan. Individual links on ...


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Yes, it is correct and fine to wipe your hand, face, neck with it, be it with hot or cold towels. You can see that pretty much everywhere in Asia. In Japan, you will be given one at hairdressers to specifically to wipe your face with it. Specially when it's hot and humid outside, a cold towel on your neck is something very nice!


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According to Wikipedia, the modern border between Asia and Europe remains a historical and cultural construct, defined only by convention. The modern border follows the Aegean Sea, the Dardanelles-Sea of Marmara-Bosphorus, the Black Sea, along the watershed of the Greater Caucasus, the northwestern portion of the Caspian Sea and along the Ural River and ...


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I always thought it was to avoid breathing too much pollution or avoid catching diseases from other people. In fact it's the other way around. My Japanese friend always wears one when she has a cold because she doesn't want to infect other people!


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I can't help with the logistics of actually getting the vehicle between Thailand and Australia, however despite what is and isn't possible there, there's no cheap way to do what you're asking. Australia has a relatively strict process for approving imported vehicles, which would normally only be worthwhile if the car was in some way special. If the vehicle ...


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There are ferries between at least these points, China on the left, Japan on the right: Qingdao - Shimonoseki Tianjin - Kobe Shanghai - Osaka Shanghai - Kobe Suzhou - Shimonoseki Here's some other links with overviews and details: Seat 61 Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Randy's Japan Page Shanghai Ferry Boat "Xin Jian Zhen" Overview of Japanese Ferries Oh ...


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We in the Middle East follow international standards :) Note: In the following, "Western" mainly refers to English-speaking places, various other Western places associate different meanings to some of the gestures shown here. Shaking head means no, nodding means yes, thumbs up means thumbs up, middle finger means the same as in the Western world, same as ...


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I'll add a short answer to address the central point in the question: "trousers seem to be blocking an important thoroughfare! How the hell is this supposed to work??!!" I traveled in Asia for a while and at first had the exact same problem. For the first few months there, I would actually completely take my trousers off before using a squat toilet. But ...


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I've read through all the answers and comments and, if I'm not mistaken, they seem to be always written by men. Using a squat toilet is surely much more complicated when wearing trousers, as most men do around the world, so I appreciate your points and debate. Squat toilets are not as much of a problem from a female point of view, if we think of women ...


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People in India who use Squat toilets at home wear a specific attire called 'Lungi' for this job. This makes the whole process more comfortable. Public domain image of men wearing lungis in Kolkata (Calcutta) thanks to WikiMedia Commons. In most of the public toilets, you will find space above the door where you can hang your trousers. The real problem ...


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I don't think your Japanese will be much help, except for interacting with Japanese tourists. Where there are guides or directions in Japanese, there will almost certainly be guides or directions in English. Your kanji may help with Taiwanese signs or Korean newspaper headlines, but Japanese is not related to Mandarin and distantly if at all to Korean, aside ...


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You most likely cannot do so in any reasonable manner through South-East Asia since you would have to eventually cross either through China, Pakistan or Afghanistan. China is impossible (the do not allow foreign license plates), and Pakistan and Afghanistan are not safe enough to do so. Just from the countries that you can drive through, you might have to ...


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I can't tell you the absolute cheapest, but I can tell you it's not commonly done. It is however uncommonly done - by people on "adventure" trips, challenges, etc. One current such adventure I could think of is "It's on the Meter - World Taxi Challenge". I had heard that they had travelled with their London Taxi from England to Australia so did some ...


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The practical answers are Japan and South Korea, both ~6 hours away (plus connections) from Thailand, Korea being a smidgen closer. Both have very developed, mature ski facilities -- you may recall that Nagano, Japan hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics, and Pyeongchang, Korea will follow in 2018 -- that cater to all levels and needs. In Hokkaido, in ...


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No need to squat... You can approach this challenge with the sort of gear one sees at the Glastonbury Festival... This is a small, light-weight, aluminum frame with a canvas seat. The seat has a convenient hole in it. The whole ensemble fits comfortably in a backpack or medium sized shoulder bag. It's weight and compactness lends itself to discrete ...


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If you are only talking about the non-Russian part of Asia, then the answer would be Minami Torishima which located in 24°16′59″N 153°59′11″E It's very near to Iwo Jima and has a alias "Marcus Island". In the map below Minami Torishima is marked with "A". You can compare it with the red line, which is actually the easternmost area of Indonesia. The photo ...


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You can get a Hydrofoil between Fukuoka and Busan. It costs 13 000 yen per adult one way and takes about three hours. A few leave each day but you will need to book ahead. You book online and when you check in you'll need to show the credit card you used to pay for it, or some other proof of purchase. There is also a 1 500 yen 'fuel surcharge' payment when ...



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