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leefly Dec 24th, 2003 08:17 AM

ice in hotels in Thailand
I will be taking a 10 day tour of Thailand in Jan. Is it safe to use ice in 3-4* hotels in Thailand?

Thanks, leefly

Tangata Dec 24th, 2003 05:17 PM

Generally, yes. If the ice has a central hole in it, you can be sure that it came from an ice-making machine and is safe.

leefly Dec 26th, 2003 07:49 AM

Thank you for your quick reply. I was thinking about having a cocktail in my room before dinner & wondered if I could order ice from room service or get it at the bar.


Tangata Dec 26th, 2003 05:14 PM

Your mini bar should have ice in it but quite often, it has been there for ages and is welded into a large block. Ice from either room service or the bar should be fine, I don?t recall many hotels here having ice-making machines available for guests.

rhkkmk Dec 26th, 2003 07:40 PM

no in my opinion...we will sometimes drink table water with ice in five star hotels, but only reluctantly...why risk being ill on vacation....i would not in a 3* but might consider it in a 4*, if they are really accurate star numbers....not out of bkk however!!!

gard Dec 29th, 2003 02:46 AM


I have been to Thailand on three vacations and I have never had any trouble due to ice cubes in my drinks. Have a great trip :-)

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JamesA Dec 29th, 2003 02:57 AM

Ice in hotels/bars/restaurants in Thailand is purified, Thais themselves would never drink ice made from tap water! I think ice often gets a bad rap and gets blamed, but as so often has been mentioned here, with food/drink it is not the food/drink itself but the 'handling' that is the problem, so Ice is pretty ok.

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