A lot of travelers and expats who just moved to Saigon or anywhere in Vietnam might get stomach problems or illnesses such as gastroenteritis, cholera and dysentery, due to contaminated water, especially if they have a sensitive stomach. It is important to remember that tap water in Vietnam is not potable. You will need to boil it or better yet, just get distilled or purified water from a trusted source. Even the most suspect of sidewalk restaurants selling street dishes usually serve water in sealed bottles so you won’t have trouble finding those. Some street stalls serve water from pitchers and if you’re daring, go ahead and drink from it. But just to be safe, just buy a bottle of water. Sometimes, it’s the ice that gets to you too, so if you’re going for a night out, you should keep your eye out for that too. If you’re really concerned, drink only hot coffee or tea (water that has been boiled) or bring your own bottled water.

For more information on hygiene go to Food Safety in HCMC: Should we Just Leave it be

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