Southeast Asia | $40k toilet for Thai princess during 2-hour lake visit in Cambodia

$40k toilet for Thai princess during 2-hour lake visit in Cambodia

February 23, 2016 4:48 AM (UTC+8)

 

A luxury commode custom-built for a Thai princess’s visit to Cambodia was left unused despite its hefty $40,000 price tag, local officials said Tuesday, in a poor country where the majority of rural dwellers do not have access to a toilet.

Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen walk past honor guards upon her arrival at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Feb. 22
Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen walk past honor guards upon her arrival at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Feb. 22

The convenience was built for a visit on Monday by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to Yeak Lom lake in northeastern Cambodia.

But her two-hour visit ended without her ever having experienced the lavish water closet, community leader Ven Churk said.

The toilet was later “removed” and the adjoining bathroom will now be turned into a security post for tourists visiting the tree-ringed lake, he added.

“She (the Princess) did not go inside the bathroom, she just looked at it from outside and took some pictures,” he said.

The toilet took more than two weeks to build and cost an estimated $40,000.

“I have never seen such a bathroom,” he said.

Provincial governor Nhem Sam Oeun confirmed the toilet was unused, adding the loo is “very modern, very good… it can’t be kept because it is for royals.”

The Thai side covered the construction costs, he added.

Local media reports said the luxury pan was built by the Siam Cement Group (SCG), a Thai construction giant partly owned by the Crown Property Bureau, which manages the Thai royal family’s assets and investments.

SCG could not be reached for comment. Read More

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