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These Are the World’s Most Scenic Bathrooms According to Lonely Planet

Time spent in the toilet is often time spent distracting oneself from the graffitied and mold-ridden walls of your cubicle, but with these bathrooms, you might forget what you went there for in the first place. Located everywhere from the frigid Himalayan plateau and on a picturesque desert island in the Caribbean Sea, to a waterfall washroom in a Taiwanese national park, they are part of a selection of 100 of the world’s most scenic and unique bathrooms compiled by Lonely Planet in a new guidebook titled Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide. “As any experienced traveler knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms,” says Lonely Planet in the book’s introduction. “Toilets are a window into the secret soul of a destination.”

Outhouse, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. © David Ruiz Luna / 500px

Outhouse, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. © David Ruiz Luna / 500px

 

Little "toilet island," Belize. © Tomas Mahring / 500px

Little “toilet island,” Belize. © Tomas Mahring / 500px

 

Two toilets made of palm tree leaves, Brazil. © Thomas Heinze / 500px

Two toilets made of palm tree leaves, Brazil. © Thomas Heinze / 500px

 

An outhouse with a view, which flushes twice a day. Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia, Canada. © Chris Kolaczan / 500px

An outhouse with a view, which flushes twice a day. Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia, Canada. © Chris Kolaczan / 500px

 

Toilet waterfall in Foshan

Toilet waterfall in Foshan, China/ © Al Sol / 500px

Toilet waterfall in Foshan, China/ © Al Sol / 500px

 

Panorama toilet in in Thiksey Monastery

Panorama toilet in in "Thiksey Monastry" in Ladakh, India. © Bernhard S. / 500px

Panorama toilet in in “Thiksey Monastry” in Ladakh, India. © Bernhard S. / 500px

 

Lavatory with a special view. Kongsberg, Norway

Lavatory with a special view. Norway/ Kongsberg © Olaf Menz / 500px

Lavatory with a special view. Norway/ Kongsberg
© Olaf Menz / 500px

 

A side profile view of a toilet designed for use in space

A side profile view of a toilet designed for use in space. Adam Jamieson / Getty Images ©

A side profile view of a toilet designed for use in space. Adam Jamieson / Getty Images ©

 

Toilets next to the road in Chott el Djerid, a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia.

Toilets next to the road in Chott el Djerid, a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia.  © Lucio Valmaggia / 500px

Toilets next to the road in Chott el Djerid, a large endorheic salt lake in southern Tunisia. © Lucio Valmaggia / 500px

 

Portable toilet in Monument Valley, Utah

Portable Toilet in Monument Valley, Utah © Jure Kravanja / 500px

Portable Toilet in Monument Valley, Utah © Jure Kravanja / 500px

 

Hut in snow, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Sunny Awazuhara-Reed / Design Pics / Getty Images ©

Sunny Awazuhara-Reed / Design Pics / Getty Images ©

 

 

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