Drinking Water Costs in Chiang Mai

Drinking Water Costs in Chiang Mai

Do NOT drink water from the tap! Thailand – in fact Asia in general – is far from the only part of the world that this is the case.

It is valid advice though as drinking from the tap (or faucet) is likely to result in a few days of discomfort…at the very least.

Buying Drinking Water

Drinking Water Costs in Chiang Mai

The go-to solution, especially when on the go, will also work out as the most expensive if you are here for the long term.

Any 7Eleven, convenience store, or supermarket will sell you mineral water. Bottles ranging in size from 250ml up to 6 liters will be readily available from about 5 baht each, but over time this will add up.

Some stores will sell drinking water by the bottle too. It is likely to be cheaper, but it is purified tap water rather than sourced and treated, branded mineral water.

You will find yourself buying a bottle of water from 7Eleven at some point, but this is the least cost-effective way to drink water in Chiang Mai. It is also one of the least convenient if you are here for the long term, given you also have to transport it home.

If you are brand-loyal and prefer mineral water, then seek out the larger bottles to get the most bang for your buck.

Getting Drinking Water Delivered In Chiang Mai

Drinking Water Costs in Chiang Mai

If you are in Chiang Mai for more than even just a month, then getting purified drinking water delivered to your home is likely to be the most convenient solution.

Living in a condo building will mean all you have to do is ask at the reception desk. Most will either keep drinking water in stock or arrange for a delivery and leave it at your door.

Depending on the bottle size or material (re-usable plastic or glass), it is likely to cost upward of 40 baht for a crate of 24 bottles or a 5-liter bottle. The larger bottles will require you to have a water tower or a pump to use them. A basic pump will cost as little as 50 baht on Lazada or your closest homeware store.

If you live in a house, it will require a little more work – but not much! Several drinking water delivery services are available in Chiang Mai, and costs are similar to those in a condo building.

Glacier is widely regarded as one of the most reputable suppliers, and you are likely to see their trucks with stacks of crates buzzing around the city. They also ozonate their water rather than just put it through a purification filter.

The best advice is to ask your neighbors which supplier they use, how often they deliver, and how good their service is. You’ll just need to leave your empty bottles out on collection day, and leave the appropriate money out for them if you aren’t in.

A returnable deposit of 200-300 baht will likely be required for each crate or bottle when you first order.

The CHEAPEST Way To Get Drinking Water In Chiang Mai

Drinking Water Costs in Chiang Mai

If roughly 2 baht a bottle still feels a little pricey, there is an even less expensive option.

In virtually every neighborhood in the city – or at least ones where Thais live – you will spot drinking water vending machines.

Starting at 1 baht for a refill, these coin-operated machines require you to provide just a bottle and you’ll be drinking purified drinking water in seconds. You’ll often see people repurposing mineral water bottles or the more robust reusable bottles that the delivery companies often supply.

Installing a Water Purification System

Drinking Water Costs in Chiang Mai

There are specialist companies in Chiang Mai who will come in and install a water purification system into your home. New builds and some existing homes might have them already installed, so always check when you are house hunting.

The upfront cost is obviously a consideration, and it will depend on the source of the water to your home what kind of filtration you will need – or if it is possible at all. You will also need to consider filter replacement, maintenance, and servicing costs too.

If you are renting a home, make sure you check with your landlord before you consider installing a system.

Cheaper purification systems, with readily available replaceable filters, can be purchased in the bigger superstores. Do your research though and make sure that they work for your water source.

From a convenience point of view, being able to drink water straight from the tap might seem ideal. Be sure to consult a couple of different installers to decide if it is feasible or cost-effective for your situation.

Water is a necessity wherever you live in the world. One thing is certain in Chiang Mai and that is you are never far away from refreshment, but it is worth planning how you will keep hydrated at home.

Find out about some of the other essential costs to consider when living in Chiang Mai in these articles:

Utility Costs In Chiang Mai

Banking Costs In Chiang Mai

Alcohol And Tobacco Costs In Chiang Mai

Transportation Costs In Chiang Mai

5 thoughts on “Drinking Water Costs in Chiang Mai”

  • tom

    Thanks for sharing this information.

    Have you ever found any suppliers (ex supermarkets: Minare, Mont Fleur etc) that offer mineral water (or sometimes called spring water)?

    Thanks in advance,
    Tom

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Tom,
      There is several of the main name brands at the Rimping Supermarket and other major supermarkets here in Chiang Mai.

  • Tony

    We live just outside of Doi Saket. Our water sullpier charges us 90 Bht for a 20 Ltr partially sealed container that always leaks from the screw top

  • Luther Das

    Good information. This website is useful for new comers. Keep it up.

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      HI Luther, thanks for your positive comments, we do try to do our best to provide as much information as possible.

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