A royal throne: $40,000 toilet built for Thai princess

The toilet is thought to have cost up to $40,000 to build. Photo / iStock
The toilet is thought to have cost up to $40,000 to build. Photo / iStock

A toilet thought to have cost up to $40,000 has been built for the princess of Thailand when she visits Cambodia.

According to the Guardian, the toilet built for Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is fully air conditioned, took two weeks to build and cost 66 times the average annual salary in Cambodia.

The freestanding outhouse measures 8sq m and was made with special materials from Thailand.

Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is visiting Cambodia for three days. Photo / Getty Images
Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is visiting Cambodia for three days. Photo / Getty Images

The toilet is located near Yeak Lom lake in Ratanakiri province, where the princess will begin her three-day visit.

Once the princess has left Cambodia the toilet will be thrown out and the building converted into an office for local officials.

According to data from the Cambodian Ministry of Education, about 33 per cent of schools have no toilet facilities. NGOs estimate that could be as high as 80 per cent in rural areas such as the one this toilet is built in.

- nzherald.co.nz

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