Adapter needed

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

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

Vietnam und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Vietnam
AOutlets of type ACOutlets of type CDOutlets of type DOutlets
220 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Vietnam?

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

Country information

About Vietnam

Flag: About Vietnam

Vietnam is a country in Asia (South-Eastern Asia) with about 94.3 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 331 000 km². The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi (6.4 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Vietnamese, English, French, Chinese and Central Khmer.

The neighbors of Vietnam are Cambodia, China and Laos.

TLD: .vnCurrency: VNDCountry calling code: +84Country Code : VN
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Vietnam?

The voltage in Vietnam is 220 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 Vietnam, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Vietnam?

The utility frequency in Vietnam 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 Vietnam, 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 Vietnam, you should not use the device!