Ho Chi Minh City plans '5-star' public toilets

By Tan Phu, Thanh Nien News

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A foreign tourist passes by a public toilet built by Sacombank in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. Photo: Trung Hieu A foreign tourist passes by a public toilet built by Sacombank in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1. Photo: Trung Hieu

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Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 said it is planning to build a series of public toilets of high standard to serve local people and tourists after launching a crackdown on public urination.
Doan Ngoc Hai, deputy chairman of District 1 People’s Committee, said the new toilets will be fully equipped, air-conditioned and have separate entrances for disabled people.
And the most important thing, they are for free.
He said the plan would be implemented this year and the district authorities will attract private investment.
The district will also encourage hotels, restaurants and coffee shops to hang signs allowing local people and tourists to use their restrooms for free if necessary, according to Hai.
A lack of public toilets has been a much talked about topic among HCMC tourists. There are more than 200 public toilets in the city, many of which fail to meet required hygiene standards. District 1 currently has around 30 public toilets. 
Since 2014, Sacombank has sponsored the construction of 13 "five-star" toilets that are serving free of charge in the city's busy downtown areas, including three at September 23 Park, two at Tao Dan park and two at Le Van Tam Park.. 
Construction of each toilet of 60 square meters cost between VND800 million and VND1 billion (US$37,600-47,000).

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