Singapore has some of the region's cleanest public restrooms. Vigilant attendants are stationed at most public facilities and the widespread installation of self-flushing toilets helps maintain cleanliness. Some public restrooms charge a small 10- or 20-cent admission fee to finance their upkeep.
Nevertheless, you may find that some public toilets have wet floors; this is usually due to the local, and particularly Muslim or Indian custom of washing with tap-water after using the toilet—you might see a little tap and bucket. Avoid putting your parcels down without checking the area first. Local preferences mean that some public restrooms may have both sit-down and squat toilets; foreigners may find squat toilets difficult or uncomfortable to use, but they tend to be more hygenic.
It's not unusual to see office girls washing up their lunch crockery in a restroom's wash basins. Generally, you'll find public toilets to be noisier and more uninhibited than you might like. For a more peaceful and genteel experience, seek out hotel restrooms.
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