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BBK tap water and hilltribe trekking

Posted by sologirl on 18/8/2006 at 00:30

Sorry if the question seems silly...
Is it safe to brush my teeth with BBK tap water? I read a guidebook that said the water was "technically" safe. Hmm.... Doesn't instill alot of confidence. Don't mind having to use bottled water but would like to have an insider view on the subject.
Am also considering taking one of the 2/3 day hillside treks which asks that you be reasonably fit. So what does that really mean? I ride my bike to work everyday, climb alot of stairs in the course of my job and walk everywhere I'm not riding. Does that make me reasonably fit? I know the heat & humidity will slow me down quite a bit (as I found out the hard way on my trip to Indonesia) but I'm usually a slow but steady kind of plodder. Yeah, I know it's all relative but just want some reassurance I'm not taking on too much and regretting the whole experience cause I'm keeping everyone else back.
Thanks for the imput.

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Posted by exacto on 18/8/2006 at 01:11

hey girl,

the "technically" safe tap water in bangkok was described to me in this way: the water is treated before it enters the pipes, but during the journey, there is the risk (and from what i can tell a high probability) that it picks up bacteria and other unhealthy things.

in any case, i know long-time residents of bangkok who use the tap water for brushing their teeth, but i absolutely would not recommend this for anyone staying a short time in thailand. bottled water is safe, cheap, and readily available. there is no reason to risk getting sick just to save a few baht on brushing your teeth. seriously. just use bottled water.

hopefully someone else can help you with your trekking question, but you sound reasonably fit to me. :) cheers.

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Posted by marianwarren on 18/8/2006 at 04:16

Hi sologirl

You sound fit enough for the trek I did out of Chiang Mai a few years ago. I found the heat and humidity (mid Feb) to be the hardest thing to deal with ... and I live in subtropical oz!. Pace yourself and keep the fluids up, everyone walks at a different pace and there is no hurry.

Remember the key word is 'hillside' trek not Everest base camp.

kind regards


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Posted by wayne on 18/8/2006 at 05:59

Hi Solo girl,

Your fitness level will be fine, you dont need to worry at all, just keep drinking that water when it's hot. I am sure you will be fitter than others on the trek.

I recommend a two night trek, that is enough normally for most people.


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