Making your own ice cube is relatively easy. Just get clean water and freeze it. Ice cubes may be made with tap water, but when in an unfamiliar place and you’re in doubt, simply don’t. Tap water in Saigon or anywhere in Vietnam is not potable so freezing it might not be a smart move if you have a sensitive stomach. 

If you’re eating out in a restaurant or going on a night out to enjoy some drinks, it is safe to assume that the more upscale venues use purified water. Some restaurant ice is chiselled off of giant blocks which cleanliness cannot be guaranteed. Ice chunks and cubes made with filtered water can usually be distinguished by a small, uniform hole through their centres, so keep in mind that if your ice looks hacked up it is probably best to refrain from ingesting. One of the more vexing habits of wait staff at Vietnamese eateries is their tendency of plucking the melting ice out of your drink and replacing it with a fresh chunk.

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

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