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11. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

I would only drink bottled water. At a restraunt makes sure they put the bottle on your table and avoid ice. If you are staying at nice resort then don't worry about anything. I stayed at a resort for a few days in Krabi and drank everything without a problem. If not in a resort bottle water only, including brushing your teeth. Better safe than sorry.

12. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 9y

[quote=wildfk]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.

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I guess that we might as well not eat anything at all in Thailand then!

Most foods in Thailand are cooked using regular old tap water. I can't see any restaurant investing money in huge amounts of bottled water just to make soups and stews - for drinking water yes, soups no!

Even coffee and tea will most often be made with boiled tap water in most restaurants serving lots of customers. It would be a good bet that rice, vegetables and even spaghetti will be cooked with cheap old tap water! Now I have noticed some restaurants with filter systems on their water lines - that's good if they maintain the filter properly!

It's a big difference cooking in a private house or appartment for a limited amount of people but, more than likely, restaurants, especially big hotel restaurants serving hundreds of customers each sitting won't be cooking with bottled water!

I'm always happy just to see the cooks in a restaurant actually wash their hands every now and then and have clean clothes on. Not scratching their butts or picking their noses while cooking food is a bonus too!

Happy New Year

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Oh thanks Louissa

I did not see your reply the last time i looked at this thread.

Mel

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yeah boreal

I think u might be right, with better safe than sorry. Why take risks!!

Mel

15. Posted by nicolson (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

stick with bottled water

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I think i will do that, Nicolson.

Happy New Year!!!

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

Al - go do your homework....most restaurants have their water delivered or use a filtration system.
No, they don't go to 7/11 and buy bottled water...neither do I or any of my neighbours, we have several companies doing regular deliveries to the door. I have 2 cradles; one for mineral (drinking only) - 40 baht and one for the cheaper - 10 baht UV treated water drinking, cooking etc...Our monthly bill is about 80 baht.
Take a look at the small places too they often don’t have running water.

18. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

Quoting wildfk

Al - go do your homework....most restaurants have their water delivered or use a filtration system.
No, they don't go to 7/11 and buy bottled water...neither do I or any of my neighbours, we have several companies doing regular deliveries to the door. I have 2 cradles; one for mineral (drinking only) - 40 baht and one for the cheaper - 10 baht UV treated water drinking, cooking etc...Our monthly bill is about 80 baht.
Take a look at the small places too they often don’t have running water.

As a tourist, how much would I spend on bottled water per month at 2L per day?

19. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Dezafinado

The cheapest price, for bottled water i found in Thailand was 12 baht for 1.5 Litres. This was at the 7 11 convenience store. This store can be found in many towns.

However, u can also pay up to 25 bahts, for 1.5L of water, in some places.

Mel

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

Those prices souns about right.
If I'm trekking etc I use a "Camelbak" watercarrying backpack.....saves lugging bottles around.
In some national parks you are required to leave any potential litter and pay a deposit on any water containers you take in.