Thailand Tips #3: Is it Safe to Drink the Water

When you first arrive in Thailand I’d suggest that you drink bottled water all the time. There’s an initial adjustment period of a couple weeks or months where you’re going to get food poisoning or sick from water or something anyway – but, better to have bottled water for first couple months I think.

Later you can drink the water in the pitchers at the inexpensive restaurants you find all over the country. The water is bottled 99% of the time – Thais don’t want to drink their own tap water either. When you get ice – ensure the ice is round, like big, elongated life savers and you’ll probably be safe. That’s also filtered water.

If you’re staying long term you can buy water in 5 gallon jugs for 12 baht, but you must leave a deposit on the jug. You then take it back and replace it with a new jug of water for 12 baht. I think our jug was 60 baht.

Brushing teeth? For first couple weeks I used bottled water and then I’ve used tap ever since. Up to you, probably better to play it safe for a few months with bottled water.

I find Singha water to be the best tasting.

How can you stay safe in Thailand?

You can start by getting Thailand Survival Guide 101.

Thai Black Book.

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