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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello and Happy Christmas

Would anybody know how safe the drinking water, on the tables, in jugs, in Thai restaruants is?

Do they boil it, or just put it on the tables, straight from the taps?


2. Posted by Louissa (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y

In most Thai restaurants you will buy / pay for water that will be provided in a bottle, this is treated water and safe to drink.
For your own drinking water you can buy at convenience stores and shops everywhere.

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 10y

ive always been told by many of my friends to always drink bottle matter what! unless you are desperate to drink! have a beer instead of jug water!!!

bottle water is the way forward!

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

I think i will stick with bottled water, then.


5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1734 posts) 10y

Quoting Mel.

I think i will stick with bottled water, then.


Bottled water is real cheap in Thailand. If you go to a supermarket you can get a large sizes for your hotel or if you are on the road you can stick with the smaller sizes for around 4 to 9 baht per container.

In my hotel I use tap water for making hot coffee or hot water for soup, after it is boiled it should be okay. Hot tea and hot coffee provided by hotels and restaurants is usually okay. If I am familiar with the restaurant I will drink the water poured in my glass. (My opinion is that you will have a greater chance of getting something bad in your stomach by eating cheap street food!)

Expensive hotels usually provide free drinking water. Cheap places usually require that you pay for it. I never trust the water in the pitchers provided by hotels, I always think the maids will be too tired or busy to go for the "good" water and just pull something from the tap.


6. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 10y

Quoting Mel.

I think i will stick with bottled water, then.


YES! I would suggest definately stay with only bottled water. I admit sometimes I drink the ice water but only when I'm not thinking, normally I go with bottled

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Thanks for the replies, guys


8. Posted by Louissa (Budding Member 59 posts) 10y

I very much doubt anyone would fill from a water tap. Thai people themselves except perhaps in poor rural areas always use bottled water.
Same goes for Ice, it is made from purified water. Although water is indeed cheap from shops that is not the cheapest, my Thai friends who I have stayed with in Thailand but purified water in large 25 liter tanks and it costs then less than
25 satang ( a quarter of 1 baht ) for a liter, and hotels and restaurants buy the water in tankers at I would guess far less than that.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 26, 2006, at 3:05 AM by Louissa ]

9. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

I wouldn't drink water from a tap in Thailand although some water companies claim that it is safe to do so, in fact I wouldn't/don't even clean my teeth with tap water. Rubbing the stuff into my gums seems really risky.
Furthermore, I don't cook with tap water....I think boiling necessarily makes the water much safer. It may remove most bacteria, but it doesn't guarantee that there are not metals, chemicals and other toxins unaffected by boiling.

Tap water can be from various sources, wells are commonplace and the quality is totally untested - My well water has a high iron compound content and turns red if you add beach!

Mains water supply is very inconsistent in most areas so most houses/hotels have storage tanks which fill from the mains or tankers when the mains run out. The tanker water can be from anywhere.

Most Thais use bottled water delivered daily in plastic barrels - it is usually quite is the ice, important for adding to your drinks etc.

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Thanks Wildfk

And glad to hear, that the ice is safe.
We had it, in all our drinks, in Thailand.