What voltage is used in Vietnam

Electricity and adapter in Vietnam

The sockets in Vietnam are like a lottery for foreign visitors: Sometimes there are European sockets (plug type C), but sometimes also American socket outlets (plug type A) with two flat plugs and in some cases also the British plug type G.

Adapter is recommended

The American plugs are a legacy of the Vietnam War and are therefore rarely found today, for example in older hotels. British power outlets are in a sense a legacy of the British colonial era as they were used in many former colonies, including Hong Kong and Singapore. Since many companies from these two countries have built hotels in Vietnam in recent years, these sockets were also used.

The voltage can sometimes be 127 volts and sometimes 220 volts. A general adjustment to 220 volts is planned, but like everything in Vietnam it may take a while. The voltage is actually not a problem for Europeans, as two phases of 127V three-phase current with 50Hz together result in 220V. Americans are more likely to have problems when they plug their 110V devices into Vietnamese 220V sockets.

Most European travelers in Vietnam generally have no problem plugging their home electronic devices into an electrical outlet. Newer hotels or cafes, which have free WiFi internet and power sockets for their guests, usually have European sockets for plug type C. If you want to make sure that there are no problems anywhere, you can take a universal adapter with you from home . But adapters are also easy to find in Vietnam.

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Power outages in Vietnam

Power outages are not uncommon in Vietnam, even in the big cities. Anyone who has seen the countless power cables that run across the streets in Saigon and form huge tangles will also know why. Especially in the dry season there are often power outages when the demand exceeds the meager supply from the then dry hydropower plants. Tropical cyclones and typhoons on the coast do the rest.

Should the power ever go down, stay calm: in most cases it doesn't take long before the storm comes back or the hotel starts a generator. Most hotels also provide candles.