Tourist Complains About Vietnamese Shower, But It's Not A Shower
Traveling is the ultimate way to expand your horizons. Visiting a new country and experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells first-hand can teach you so much more than opening up a textbook. Unfortunately for some travelers, however, the learning curve can be steep. Case in point: Facebook user and Vietnam visiter Hamish Carruthers.
Mr. Carruthers was partway through a long-anticipated trip to Vietnam a few weeks ago when he found himself increasingly confused. Not one but two different hostels used the strangest kind of shower he'd ever used. He took to Facebook to voice his concerns.
"Alright guys, i've been in Hanoi almost a week now and i'm loving. My only complaint is the showers. Im all for saving water but having to hold your finger on the button to keep the water flowing seems a bit extreme. The cold temperature dosent bother me too much but why are they so low? You have to bend down to wash your head. Vietnamese people aren't that short... i've tried 2 different hostels now and they both have this style of shower, what are other peoples opinions on the vietnamese shower?"
In case any of you haven't figured it out already by the picture, that's a bidet. A butt cleaner. A pooper sprayer. For anyone who really doesn't know this yet and doesn't want to bother checking Wikipedia, a bidet is "a plumbing fixture or type of sink intended for washing the genitalia, perineum, inner buttocks, and anus of the human body. It may be located next to the toilet in the toilet room". Spicy.
Under his now-viral Facebook post, there was a variety of funny comments.
Some thought he was joking or trolling, but others snooped and found older posts of his about preparing for a trip to Vietnam and asking questions about Hanoi / Vietnam. He really bathed with the bidet, guys. This was not a drill.
We almost understand Carruthers' confusion, actually. It's in a bathroom and it's a water spigot attached to a long hose. The handle was touched by people sitting on a toilet, but the water coming out should be as clean as the water from any shower, so it's not a health risk. Maybe this is a new way to beat the line for the hostel's shower!
Do you like to travel? What was your weirdest travel mishap?