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Electric Outlet in Vietnam: A Guide for Travelers

Mai Anh
3 min. to read

As you embark on your adventure through this vibrant and diverse country, understanding the nuances of electrical outlets becomes essential for staying connected and ensuring a smooth travel experience. Let’s delve into a comprehensive guide on power plug compatibility in Vietnam with Sun Getaways Travel!

Table of contents

1. The Popular Electric Socket in Vietnam

2. Power Voltage and Frequency

3. Power Plug Compatibility With Vietnam’s Sockets

1. The Popular Electric Socket in Vietnam

In Vietnam, various types of electrical outlets are available, including A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and M, all conforming to the TCVN 6190-1999 standard. However, the most commonly used ones in Vietnamese households are types A, C, and F.

1.1. Type A

The Type A plug is the most prevalent type you’ll encounter, characterized by two parallel flat pins. Notably, these pins feature circular holes near their ends, aiding in secure fitting into sockets. Type A sockets may feature either two flat holes or a combination of one flat hole and one round hole. It’s important to note that the technical specifications for Type A plugs are 15A and 100-127V.

It’s important to note that Type A plugs are commonly used not just in Vietnam, but also in North and Central America, as well as Japan. However, there’s a caveat: the plug sizes between these regions and Vietnam may not align perfectly. The older TCVN 6190-1999 standard specifies a pin length of approximately 4mm, while the newer ISO 6190:1999 standard requires socket hole diameters between 5.5mm and 6mm.

1.2. Type C

Now, let’s delve into Type C plugs, commonly referred to as Europlugs. These plugs feature two round pins with insulation and lack grounding. What’s convenient about them is their ability to be inserted into sockets in two orientations. They are compatible with sockets having corresponding shapes and dimensions ranging from approximately 4mm to 4.8mm. Type C plugs can be used with various socket types including E, F, J, K, and N.

In Vietnam, Type C plugs are commonly encountered. It’s important to note that the technical specifications for Type C are 2.5A and 220-240V. However, they adhere to older standard sizes. While some European travelers may find them compatible, connecting them successfully to power outlets in certain places can be challenging.

If you have a personal power strip, pay attention to the specifications of each socket. They may be labeled as Φ4 or Φ5, indicating the socket hole sizes. A Φ5 socket follows the ISO standard, which facilitates usage if your plug has pins longer than 5mm. Being mindful of these details ensures a seamless charging experience during your travels.

1.3. Type F

Another less common type you may come across is the Type F plug, also known as the Schuko plug. It features two round pins and an additional grounding pin, making it easily distinguishable. What’s notable about Type F plugs is their design with openings at the top and bottom, allowing for a secure fit into corresponding sockets.

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Type F plugs are widely utilized across Europe and Russia, excluding the UK and Ireland. Technically, Type F plugs are rated at 16A and operate within the range of 220-240V. Interestingly, Type F sockets are compatible with plug types C, E, and F. Therefore, if you possess any of these plugs, you’re all set!

Moreover, you’ll encounter electrical outlets capable of accommodating these three plug types. They boast a distinctive appearance, which may puzzle some individuals. However, fret not! These outlets can seamlessly accommodate both Type A plugs with flat pins and Type C and Type F plugs with round pins.

The type of power outlet

These three power plug types are prevalent in many locations across Vietnam. However, upscale accommodations like 4 or 5-star hotels may offer additional electrical outlets such as the three-pin Type G. If you encounter any issues with your power connection, don’t hesitate to seek assistance from the reception for prompt resolution!

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2. Power Voltage and Frequency


When traveling to Vietnam, it’s important to consider the voltage and frequency standards. Vietnam operates on a voltage of 110/220V and a frequency of 50Hz. Therefore, it’s crucial to verify whether your devices are compatible with these specifications. Check the labels or manuals of your devices to determine their voltage and frequency capabilities. For instance, if your device indicates compatibility with 110-240V and 50-60Hz, it can function seamlessly in Vietnam as well as other parts of the world.

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If your devices require a voltage different from what Vietnam provides, purchasing a voltage converter is a practical solution. This option is convenient as most converters come with the appropriate plugs for use in Vietnam.

With a reliable adapter, you can charge your phone, laptop, or camera wherever you are. Whether you’re at a restaurant, hotel, or cafe, you can always ensure your devices remain powered and ready for use.

3. Power Plug Compatibility With Vietnam’s Sockets

When comparing plug and socket compatibility between Vietnam and different regions, here’s what you need to know:

  • Europe (excluding the UK): Fortunately, the electrical plugs used in Europe are similar to those in Vietnam, making them compatible.
  • North and Central America, Japan: While you won’t encounter many difficulties with plug types in Vietnam, it’s essential to pay attention to voltage and frequency differences.
  • UK, Singapore, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, Cyprus, and Hong Kong: While some places in Vietnam may use Type G plugs common in the UK, they are not widespread. It’s advisable to prepare a converter for the best experience.
  • Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, and parts of China: If your plug does not require grounding, it can still be used in Vietnam. However, it’s recommended to have a converter on hand for optimal convenience.

Comprehending the power socket type, voltage, and frequency specifications in Vietnam can significantly enhance your travel experience. We trust that the insights shared by Sun Getaways Travel regarding power plugs in Vietnam will assist you in adequately preparing for your journey to Vietnam.

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