Thailand's Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, 60, will have a very lavish perk during her three-day state visit to neighboring Cambodia later today: a customized VIP bathroom with a whopping price tag of $40,000, according to officials quoted by local media.
Built by royal request on the banks of the protected Lake Yeak Laom in Cambodia's rural northeast, the 86 sq. ft. outhouse is fully air-conditioned and uses specific materials specially imported from the princess's homeland.
Ten workers from Thai construction company SCG have taken 19 days to complete the freestanding comfort station, which features silver railings rising over white-washed steps beneath its all-white tiled roof.
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After enjoying a chef-prepared four-course lakeside banquet featuring fish amok, fish in butter sauce, foie gras and "pancakes done the French way," the princess, who is the second daughter of Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol, will be able to use the new facility at her leisure.
Once she has finished there and resumes her official itinerary, which includes meeting Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, the $40,000 toilet will be taken to pieces.
'The toilet will probably only be used one time, by the princess. Only the princess can use it, anyway. Then it will be taken out and the building will be used by the community as an office," SCG's construction manager on the project (identified only as Mr. Pursat) told the Khmer Times.
"If you have a king – well, just, normal people can’t use the king’s toilet," Pursat said.