A Brighton man travels 75,000 miles to find the world’s worst toilet

SOME people complain about the public toilets in his hometown, but Brighton-based travel blogger Graham Askey thinks he’s seen far worse.

The 58-year-old spent £150,000 and traveled 75,000 miles to find the world’s worst public toilet and says he’s finally found it.

Having traveled to nearly 100 countries around the world for the most disgusting toilets, he has now found the “perfect hell hole” – a ramshackle tent with walls that double as a shared toilet roll.

He said the makeshift 5-foot stand in northern Tajikistan, not far from the border with Afghanistan, was so bad that those desperate enough to use it had to bend over sun-dried poop.

The Argus: Worst public toilet in the world, according to Graham Askey: credit - SWNSWorst public toilet in the world according to Graham Askey: credit – SWNS

Some sections of the “wall” have been torn down and discarded on the cabin floor, at the risk of disturbing deadly snakes and rats that have taken up residence in nearby rocks.

Graham, a self-professed “squatter spotter,” said: “After my many travels I thought I’d seen everything to do with s******s on stilts, sinks that appear to be full of urine and bathtubs that appear to be as temporary bogs used.

“But after enjoying some of the dirtiest toilet facilities around the world, the toilet in Tajikistan has to be the worst in the world.

“With no toilet paper available, the builders conveniently built it with a fabric covering to provide a wiping function – and it looks like the locals have made full use of that.”

He’s included 36 of the “shittiest crappers” he’s encountered in his new book, Toilets of the Wild Frontier, which hits shelves this week.

The Argus: Graham traveled to nearly 100 countries to find the world's worst toilet: credit - SWNSGraham traveled to nearly 100 countries to find the world’s worst toilet: Credit – SWNS

Other public toilets that made it onto his “crap list” include a sink in Bangladesh and a “number one and two liter” bathtub in China, with the plug left in.

The retired master builder developed his special fascination for public toilets and especially their poor construction during his first vacation abroad in Morocco.

Since then he has traveled to 91 countries and blogged for the fictional Toilet and Urinal Restoration and Design Society (TURDS).

Although intended as satire, it also aims to highlight the health risk posed by substandard sanitation.

Graham said: “While readers will no doubt find these deplorable public toilets hilarious, it must be clear that they pose a significant and largely unnecessary health risk that can be greatly reduced through support for charities such as ActionAid and World Toilet Day.” A Brighton man travels 75,000 miles to find the world’s worst toilet

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