Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Laos?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Laos. In Laos, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Laos und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Laos
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BCOutlets of type CEOutlets of type EFOutlets of type FOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Laos

Flag: About Laos

Laos is a country in Asia (South-Eastern Asia) with about 6.9 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 237 000 km². The capital of Laos is Vientiane (197 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Lao, French and English.

The neighbors of Laos are Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam.

TLD: .laCurrency: LAKCountry calling code: +856Country Code : LA
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Laos?

Laos uses power outlets of type A, B, C, E and F. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are only partially used in Laos.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Laos?

The voltage in Laos is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Laos, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Laos?

The utility frequency in Laos is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Laos, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Laos, you should not use the device!