Layer 1

Is Chiang Rai Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

Table of Contents

Can You Drink Tap Water in Chiang Rai?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Chiang Rai.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Thailand, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.

Chiang Rai is a small town in northern Thailand that once had a reputation for having the best water in all of Thailand. The water from Chiang Rai was said to be so pure that it was used by the royal family for cooking and for bathing. However, these claims are often questionable. There have been several studies that have shown trace amounts of such contaminants as pesticides, herbicides, and cancer-causing agents in the tap water in Chiang Rai. This is alarming, especially when one considers that the area is surrounded by mountains and rivers that feed the Mekong and the East River.

Even if the tap water in Chiang Rai is clean, that does not mean that the people there are healthy. It is estimated that every year, at least five hundred people die from diseases related to unsafe water. The contaminants in tap water from Chiang Rai can be very dangerous. Even if a person drinks only a few sips of contaminated water, that person can still become severely ill or even d

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.54 in USD (1.5-liter)


Chiang Rai tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 40% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 58% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 60% High
  • Water Quality 42% Moderate

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Chiang Rai, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS


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.

Layer 1
Layer 1
Layer 1
Layer 1