In short, plugs type A (two flat vertical pins), type C and type F (two round pins) fit to most Vietnam electrical outlets. If your power plug has 3 pins,  you might need an adapter as most electrical outlets here do not include a grounding hole. Electricity supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts at 50Hz.

There are 2 important things you need to pay attention when it comes to electricity in Vietnam: plugs and voltage.

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1. Plugs

Vietnam power plug
A typical Vietnam electrical outlet

The below 3 powers plug heads can be use in Vietnam with no difficulties.

Vietnam power plug
Power plug type A: 2 vertical pins
Vietnam power plug
Power plug type C: 2 round pins
Vietnam power plug
Power plug type F (also known as Schuko plug): 2 round pins

If you are from Europe with the exception of the UK

Lucky! Your power plugs are similar to the ones used in Vietnam.

If you are from North and Central America or Japan

Although your plug can be used in Vietnam, it is important to check the voltage compatibility highlighted below.

If you are from the UK, Ireland, Cyprus,  Malta, Malaysia, Singapore or Hongkong

Although type G plugs (British) with 3 rectangular pins can be used in Vietnam in some places, it is less common and in most cases require an adapter.

If you are from Australia, NewZealand, South Africa, Argentina or parts of China

You need an adapter. However, if your power plug only has 2 pins (doesn’t require a grounding hole), it still can be used if you force the plug hard enough into the outlets sockets. You should only do this as a last resort. Forcing the plug can result in damaging the it and causing safety hazard.

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2. Voltage and Frequency

Vietnam’s electricity voltage is 220 Volt at 50Hz. But what does it mean to you?

Vietnam power plug
If your device says something like “100-240, 50-60Hz”, it means it is compatible with all of different voltages used in the world including Vietnam. You can used them anywhere as long as the plugs are also compatible.

If you are from North and Central America or Japan

Your devices voltage is 110 volts and different from electric system used in Vietnam.  You need to check the back of your devices to see if it says something like “100-240, 50-60Hz”. If so, it is ok to use them as long as you have the right plug. Otherwise, you need a transformer to convert the voltage from 110 to 220 volts.

If you come from the rest of the world (except from some areas in the Philippines, Peru, South Korea and Brazil)

You don’t need to worry too much about the voltage as majority of the world use 220-240 volts, similar voltage to Vietnam.

What if you don’t have the right plug?

If you have already landed in Vietnam, you can buy converters or adapters  at bookstores and convenient stores and the price is approximately $4 per adapter.  Alternatively, you can borrow one from your hotels/hostels.