Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The world's most amazing and interesting... toilets? Lonely Planet compiles the loveliest lavatories on earth

lonely planet guide to toilets

Turns out nature’s call can be answered while surrounded by actual nature in plenty of cases.

Mountain peaks, deserts, tropical islands, from the arty to the high-tech, Lonely Planet’s new book, Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide, has them all, featuring more than 100 of the world’s most interesting and amazing lavatories. And we've got 10 right here for your perusal, you lucky ones.

“As any experienced traveller knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms,” says the book’s introduction. “Whatever you prefer to call them – lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, washroom or water closet – toilets are a (sometimes opaque, often wide-open) window into the secret soul of a destination.”

In which case we dread to think what ours says about us (windowless bog box in overpriced London cupboard?).

The book is out now and available from lonelyplanet.com. Meanwhile, pull up a (porcelain) pew and have a browse through our gallery below.

Images and picture captions reproduced with kind permission from Lonely Planet

Related

dobbs 4.jpg

The couple who sold their house to fund a round-the-world honeymoon

Air steward.JPG

Five secrets you never knew about flying

acciaroli 2.jpg

Anchovies, rosemary and relaxation: living to 100, Italian-style

(sorcha murray) suzy parker new zealand.jpg

What career? Meet the 31-year-old woman who backpacks the world

pool.PNG

The world's most spectacular swimming pools with a view

vineyard.jpg

Take a look at the world's most beautiful wine trails

spices.jpg

Ten stand-out food experiences around the world

Beachfront Suite Pool Villa_04.jpg

Follow your dreams and embark on a grown-up gap year

Comments

More

These are 2017’s most affordable travel destinations outside of Europe

From Cancun to Cape Town, Penang to Phuket.

by Moya Crockett
16 Jan 2017

Airline introduces “women-only” seats to combat onboard sex assaults

Errrm...

by Anna Pollitt
16 Jan 2017

Beautiful images of lonely houses will give you serious wanderlust

Escape from it all

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Jan 2017

It’s official; these are the 25 best beaches in the world

And two of them are right here in the UK…

by Kayleigh Dray
13 Jan 2017

The top ten must-have travel experiences of 2017

Beat the crowds and up your holiday game

by Anna Melville-James
13 Jan 2017

The weird and wonderful hidden urban gems to seek out on your travels

Urban curiosities from the alternative travel guide

by Amy Swales
13 Jan 2017

Personalised paradise: Koh Samui’s Samujana resort

Cast your mind away from full-moon neon paint, towards inner peace and absolute luxury

by Harriet Hall
12 Jan 2017

Want to get paid to travel the world in style?

From NYC, to Scandinavia, to New Zealand…

by Kayleigh Dray
11 Jan 2017

Channel your inner Liberace at the decadent hotel Reverie in Saigon

Laura Millar finds Vietnam’s second city a fast-paced, cultural hotspot, steeped in history and style

by The Stylist web team
10 Jan 2017

These photos will remind you why you love London

Bask in the unconventional beauty of the Big Smoke

by Anna Pollitt
09 Jan 2017