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The process for connecting to utilities in Bangkok depends on whether the property is rented or occupied by its homeowners. In most cases, expatriates and their real estate agents can request for the landlord to arrange for utility accounts.

Drinking water direct from the tap is generally not recommended. Most expatriates will arrange to have bottled water delivered to their homes. There are many companies that provide this service, some offer mineral water (try the ones offered at Carrefour), while others use different filtration / sterilization methods (there are good reviews by expatriates for Sprinkle M Water Company - Tel: 02 712 7272 or 02 533 5236). Given the hot climate in Bangkok, having iced drinks is common, but note that freezing tap water does not sterilize the water. Expatriates new to the city and Thai food would want to be wary of roadside stalls offering iced drinks or desserts.

When dining out, asking for "nam kowat" means to ask for bottled water. "Nam plao" means plain water (not bottled). The company that supplies water in Bangkok is the Metropolitan Water Authority (MWA). The MWA Call Center hotline is 1125 or email at mwa1125@mwa.co.th.

Electricity in Bangkok is provided by the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA). The MEA Call Center hotline is 1130. For electrical breakdowns, dial 02 314 0024. The MEA office is located at 30 Soi Chidlom, Ploenchit Road, Bangkok 10330.

Expatriates who are unfamiliar with Thailand would want to note that the electrical pin outlets in many buildings (both new and old) are not grounded (no earth connection). Always exercise caution when using domestic electrical appliances such as rice cookers, microwaves, blenders and hair dryers.

Piped gas is not available in Bangkok. Bottled gas is available from stores, and is mainly used for cooking. Some residential buildings (e.g. high-rise condominiums) have restrictions on the use of bottled gas for cooking.

There is no known formal or nation-wide recycling scheme in Thailand.


Both electricity and water billed according to usage via metered readings. Electricity bills are issued monthly and they should be settled promptly. Payment can be settled at convenience stores, MMWA / MEA branch offices, post offices and at banks.

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