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Carlos Hernandez

Eww I would never touch ice that's been in contact with human hands.


i had ice all over laos, cambodia, vietnam and thailand (including in remote corners) from street vendors and resturants alike.. and i didn't get sick at all over those 3 months of travel.


As far as I'm concerned it's a no-brainer: in tropical heat ice goes in beer. Otherwise you're drinking warm stuff within 2 mins.

Hey Sticky, if you're a beer drinker give this Mexican 'cocktail' a try! Frost a tall glass in freezer then salt the rim. In goes a tsp. of Worcester sauce and a Tbsp of lime juice. Then ice, then beer (not Guiness or similar dark - I like La Rue). Stir and add more lime if you like. Don't wrinkle your nose, this goes down easy when it's hot outside.



went once to Hanoi during summer at 39C and my beer went warm within 5 minutes...in that case its better with ice..


I always found ice to be no problem. I seem to recall the Pieman writing something about this. The water is so bad in Vietnam that no one can drink it and every needs it purifying or boiling. So it's not as if we have to stomach water, in any form, that the locals have got used to.

I think the ice in drinks thing is a myth popularised by the lonely planet. So human hands touch ice. So what? They touch our food too. Should we give up eating and drinking completel?


Ice in beer just serves to point out how thin and watery the beer is to begin with: when you can add about half a cup of water, and there is no appreciable change in flavour, there is something wrong. But then again, it's a whole lot better than a warm one.

As for the safety, I haven't had any problems at all anywhere in Cambodia with ice. In the richer suburbs of Phnom Penh (i.e. where they've replaced the pipes from the French colonial era), I'm told that the tapwater is safe enough to drink, but haven't been willing to risk my own bowels to test it.

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