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21. Posted by catwong (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

during my trip there last year, i actually bought a bottle water..then i refill at the water vending machines..
i'm not sure it's safe or not..since i don't read thai..

but what i know it's darn cheap with 1 litre if i'm not wrong, for 20 cent baht..

maybe some thai here could give us some clue to those water vending machines.

22. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

my doctor told me to only drink bottle water when in thailand!

also its not guaranteed that the ice in your water is purified! My doctor to also keep away from ice!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 15, 2007, at 12:07 PM by oslaue ]

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

Hello Catwong

That sure sounds like a good deal.
Where can one find these vending machines?
I dont remember seeing any, when I was in Thailand.

Mel

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

Hello Oslaue

Doctors can sometimes be over cautious, if they have not done much travelling themselves. Of course, they are right. Drinking bottled water is guaranteed to be safe.

Mel

25. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

my doctor told me to only drink bottle water when in thailand!

also its not guaranteed that the ice in your water is purified! My doctor to also keep away from ice!

For around 9 or 10 years I have never had a problem with ice in my drinks, now Mexico is another thing!!! Ice in most of the bars is delivered by "ice making companies" who in some cases are the same people making the drinking water.

You can also drink the coca cola, pepsi, beer, wine and most bottled drinks.

I drink coffee and tea from hotels and outside restaurants all the time. I think you will probably become sick first from eating some kind of dead meat off a street vendor's grill, meat that has been outside for many hours in the dust, dirt and fly poop!

Worried about the water, another good reason to drink beer!

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

Just because water is coming out of a tap, it doesn't necessarily mean its mains, it may be pumped from a well

The well in my house [we have mains and a well] has a high iron content....if you add bleach is goes orange!
Lord knows what the bacteria levels are; maybe the iron content kills them off.
I get two 20-litre barrels delivered for human consumption, both the 10 baht 40 baht containers.
There was a poster whose doctor reckoned that he's contract a case of amoebic dysentery from brushing his teeth with contaminated water.

I think in general the ice in Thailand is quite safe, just because someone's a doctor, doesn't make them an expert on Thailand. Before I left home I found a practice that specialised in Tropical health matters and got as much low-down from them as I could. They certainly disagreed with a lot of "myths" propounded by my GP.

27. Posted by catwong (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,

You have to look out for the water vending machines.
It's kind of hard to find...
What i do is that I watch out for one.
or you can also ask a thai where is the nearest one..

as far as I know..i saw thai ppl getting water frm there too..

maybe WILDLK can tell us more..

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

Thanks Catwong.

Wildfk, would u have any advise, about how we can find them? Are there any particular places, where they are usually found?

Mel

29. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 9y

Other than wasting a lot of time looking for a water vending machine, why not simply go to a big supermarket like Big C, Tops or Foodland and buy the largest container of drinking water that you can carry. Water in big supermarkets is much cheaper than the many Seven Elevens all over the city.

Why would a tourist want to waste time running around town looking for a water vending machine to only only save a few baht? It's not like trying to support a big family or small business. Safe drinking water is pretty cheap every where anyway!

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

Hello Frosty

Dont get your underwear in a knot.

It is a case of, if something more economical is readily available, I will use it, rather than something more expensive. I often do this type of just in case, travel research.

And I spend a lot of time roaming around towns and cities anyway, whether it is aimless, or to look for some comodity l need. Saving a few bahts, by finding something cheaper is just a bonus of the roaming.

And, thanks for that supermarket tip. I never though of doing that, before.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 22, 2007, at 1:40 AM by Mel. ]

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