Is Vientiane Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Safe to drink?No
The estimated price of bottled water in USD(1.5-liter)$0.6

Can You Drink Tap Water in Vientiane?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

According to WHO data, 82% of Laos cities/towns and rural areas have access to improved water sources, that are available when needed.

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The city's waterworks are called Nam PaPaa, which some may joke means "water without fishes". Yes, the fishes have been removed but not everything else. Don't drink the tap water, no matter how long it's been boiled (it tastes very industrial) - stick to the bottled water available everywhere, though even that varies in quality. Some people have a major preference for clear plastic bottles.

Tap water by country

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  • Water Quality Rating:
  • < 20%
  • 20% - 39%
  • 40% - 59%
  • 60% - 79%
  • 80% - 100%

What Do People In Vientiane Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Vientiane have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility48%Moderate
Water Pollution72%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility52%Moderate
Water Quality28%Low

Reminder:
Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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