You may be concerned about the water quality in Thailand. Questions like, “can I drink the tap water” or “can I even cook with it” may arise during your stay. Upon arriving to my Airbnb in Bangkok, my host informed me that I should not drink the water or cook with it. That surprised me, considering the condo I’m staying at seems a bit more upscale than the average. Drinking unsafe water can lead to feeling ill or even catching a disease, so I’m avoiding that at all costs! Buying bottled water here is quite affordable; almost 50 cents a liter. However, that amount can easily add up over time depending on how much water you use. Instead, I’ve found an even cheaper way to get drinkable water in Thailand. At about 1 baht for 1 liter, you can’t beat it!
If you are in Thailand or are planning to visit, you will certainly find numerous water filling stations everywhere you go. I see one on almost every street. These are called reverse osmosis systems; they filter out salt and excess minerals from water. They look a bit intimidating, considering everything written on them is in Thai. I think people often avoid trying new things as we don’t want to feel embarrassed if we’re unsuccessful. Oh, the joys of traveling… It seems almost every day I encounter one of those moments. After doing my own research on how to use them, I now spend only 15 cents for every 5 liters of drinkable water in Thailand. That’s ridiculously cheap!
So How Do I Use These Weird Water Machines?
Try not to laugh at yourself when you find out how simple the process is. First, insert your 1 baht or 5 baht coin. Then place your water bottle or container in the machine and line it up with the nozzle from above. Make you sure you have a good grip on it, as water will shoot out fairly quickly. Press the green button above the coin slot, and ta-da, cheap and clean water! Not as difficult as you thought, right?
My only suggestion before you begin filling up multiple liters of water is to taste it first. I’ve only used the machine that’s located in the laundry room of my condo, since it’s super convenient, and it’s always tasted great. However, I have read some may not filter as well as others.
All-in-all, you can’t beat almost free drinkable water in Thailand! Bangkok keeps surprising me with how affordable everything is. I’m keeping track of all my expenses while I’m here, so I can’t wait to share an overall cost of living at the end of the month. Anyways, let me know if there’s any other intimidations you may have, I might be able to share my experience of it!