Tap Water Safety in Vietnam

Last Update10:19 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Vietnam?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Vietnam (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Vietnam think about the tap water?

Be very careful of what you drink. Tap water is heavily chlorinated in urban areas, but you should still avoid it. Stick to bottled water, which is available everywhere. Ice is generally safe in the cities and resorts, and is often added to drinks and coffee.

Wikitravel

Do not drink tap water, it's a game of Russian Roulette. Drink only bottled water. Watch out for ice in drinks. Factory-made ice is generally safe, but anything else can be suspect.Always drink only bottled water.

How do People In Vietnam Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Vietnam 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 76% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 41% Moderate
  • Water Quality 24% 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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