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Thai princess gets $40K toilet built for her royal visit

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Thai princess gets $40K toilet built for Cambodia visit

It pays to be a princess.

A toilet that reportedly costs up to $40,000 has been built for the personal use of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand for her three-day visit to Cambodia, according to The Guardian.

Located near Yeak Lom lake in Ratanakiri province, the freestanding outhouse is more like a royal throne as it is fully air conditioned and took two weeks to build. It measures 8 square meters and was made with special imported materials from Thailand.

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Though it is unclear who is paying for the toilet, the commode will be thrown out after the princess' visit, and the building will be converted into an office for local officials.

The placement of the toilet does not come without controversy. According to data from the Cambodian ministry of education, a large portion of Cambodia's population has trouble accessing toilet facilities. They noted that 33 percent of schools nationwide do not have toilets, an estimate the NGOs believe could even be as high as 80 percent in rural areas such as Ratanakiri.

Read the full report by The Guardian here.