Drinking water in tea and coffee?
Replies: 34 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2012 11:39 PM Last Post By: JimmyFlynn
Aug 27, 2012 3:25 AM
Aug 27, 2012 3:27 AM
16Ok, I am a man who can admit when he is wrong (lucky I don't drink the tap water then...), I have done a quick bit of research and found that the standards of tap water in Thailand are abysmal. And I do mean shockingly bad. Here is a little snippet from a government report:-
"In conclusion, the quality of most household drinking water in Thailand did
not achieve the standard. Most drinking water was contaminated and not safe.
Accordingly, in order to tackle and prevent the health problems and risks from
waterborne diseases, the study proposed to encourage participation of all sectors in the
society in continuously improving and monitoring the quality of household drinking
I would like to take back all I said. Drinking the water is a terrible idea and it does not meet standards.
Aug 27, 2012 3:37 AM
I Cambodia I drank a lot of cold drinks on a bicycle trip. You really have to have something cold, once in a while.
I found out that the ice lumps in the small and cheap places, was good, because they bought blocks from factories which use treated water. Even if it gets a bit dirty, its selfcleaning, because the surface melts a little all the time, exposing clean ice.
The ice cubes from expensive places, was made by their own treated water and frozen in their freezers, so it was good.
The ice cubes from medium places, was not good, because they could afford their own freezer but didn't have water treatment, so they used tapwater.
Small "restaurants" on stilts etc. along the road, have good ice.
Big hotels and bars have good ice.
PS: I have been drinking tea every day in: Thailand, Cambodia, Morocco, Nepal, India; Tibet etc. and never had any problems
Edited by: pbekkerh
Aug 27, 2012 4:52 PM
Aug 28, 2012 1:21 AM
19Nothing wrong with brushing teeth, rinsing mouth or washing salad vegis with tap water,
TT at its best. Spend your annual holiday and hundreds of thousands of baht in Thailand. Save a few baht brushing your teeth with tap water, spend days in extrutiating agony. I wont wash the tooth brush in tap water let alone brush my teeth in the stuff. Spend 20 baht and get some bottled water. Recuperate the money by havinq 1 beer less.
Aug 28, 2012 1:23 AM
I think we are all saying that scenario has never happened to us in Thailand.
Aug 28, 2012 1:28 AM
Aug 28, 2012 1:29 AM
Aug 28, 2012 4:05 AM
23#23: I think if anyone's constitution is that susceptible to gastrointestinal upsets then they are going to be well aware of it and must take all necessary precautions, such as using bottle or boiled water to brush teeth and rinse mouths and wash salad vegis. For the rest of us Thai tap water poses no serious risks provided we don't drink it.
Aug 28, 2012 4:27 AM
24I don't have a sensitive stomach, I haven't been ill in Thailand for years. The point is I don't want to be a tight arsed git and risk blowing 3 days of my holiday to save the free bottled water in the hotel room or spending a few baht if there isn't free water in the room.
Up to the individual I guess. Take you chance and save 20 baht or you might or might not spend 3 days on the toilet. Gee that was worth saving 20 baht.
Aug 28, 2012 5:42 AM
25#29: That's OK man, nobody's saying you should do otherwise, if you or anyone feels happier using bottled water to brush teeth & rinse mouth go for it. Sounds like a fine idea to me. Most people use just use the running tap water for cleaning teeth but I can fully understand how some foreigners would be concerned about it.
BTW: anyone who wouldn't wash salad vegis in running tap water because they scared of stomach upsets better not eat in any food courts like Tesco & Big C and Central, nor any khao tom restaurants, nor any street stalls. None of these places use expensive bottled water to wash the vegis that get stir-fried or the papaya and carrots that go into your som tam. As far as I know only a handful of upmarket restaurants promote the fact that they take extra precautions when washing vegis.
Aug 28, 2012 6:38 AM
26There you go, saving 6 baht by brushing your teeth with tap water. On a 2 week holiday I will save a whole 84 baht. if a bottle lasts me a day. If I really scrimp I will save even more. What with money I will save getting a bus from the airport, only have carry on luggage, eat from road side stalls, barter to the last baht I should save all of 1% of the total cost of the holiday, if that.
Aug 28, 2012 7:06 AM
27Alex mate, you can do whatever you like with your money when on holiday, nobody's suggesting otherwise. Brush your teeth with Chivas Regal if you like, take a strech limo from the airport if you like, dine on imported civet de lièvre in the Dusit Thani's D'Sens restaurant if you like.
Aug 28, 2012 8:07 AM
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