Tap Water Safety in Vietnam

Can you drink the tap water in Vietnam?

In general, no.

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.

The most commonly searched cities in Vietnam are:

For a full list of cities in Vietnam, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization Vietnam Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 95 percent of Vietnam have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 Vietnam Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Vietnam includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
200080286-80%1%
201795541-95%1%
Rural
200061017-76%1%
201762102-93%1%
Urban
200019269-94%1%
201733439-99%1%

What Do People In Vietnam Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers 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.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility59%Moderate
Water Pollution76%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility41%Moderate
Water Quality24%Low

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