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Can You Drink Tap Water in Vientiane?
No, tap water is not 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 Vientiane.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Laos, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
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.
The estimated price of bottled water
$0.6 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 48% Moderate
- Water Pollution 72% High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 52% Moderate
- Water Quality 28% Low
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Vientiane, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
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.