Outlets in Vietnam

Aug 3rd, 2004, 06:00 PM
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Outlets in Vietnam

From what I understand the voltage is can be either 110 or 220. But I'm trying to figure out what the outlet shapes are so that I can bring an adaptor with me. What style should I purchase?

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Aug 4th, 2004, 05:37 PM
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Outlets in the South are mostly the American flat-pin type and in the North a Russian-inspired round-pin type (two-prong sockets from memory). The socket type is not a reliable guide to the voltage, though, which may be 220V or 110V (mostly 220V, I think).

Wiring can be dodgy. In the large Russian-built Century Riverside Hotel in Hue we managed to short out everything in the room with a spectacular bang by swivelling the reading light. When the electrician turned up I was startled to see a miscellany of wires emerging directly from a hole in the wall behind the bedside table, with no wallplate. Later I found an Australian electrician-on-vacation inspecting the floor's wall closet out of professional interest. He walked away shaking his head and muttering profanities.

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Aug 4th, 2004, 11:50 PM
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Neil, LOL, what a funny but true post about the wiring in those old places! I lived in an old house in Singapore for a few months and always had trouble, and my electrician would also just come over and shake his head at the wiring. . . .

There is a website called voltagevalet.com that in my experience is a fairly reliable source of information on the type of outlet configurations you re likely to find. Another helpful site is http://www.escapeartist.com/global/W...wer_Guide.html
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Aug 5th, 2004, 01:45 AM
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Cicerone, those websites are what I was trying to think of when I was penning my response - thanks, I'll bookmark them. We're off to China soon and I think I'll put them to good use.

Nothing to do with the OP's question, but the Century Riverside confirmed my growing suspicion that the warnings in Vietnamese hotels about taking young ladies up to one's room (to admire one's etchings I thought at first, as you would) had little to do with preserving socialist morality and a lot to do with protecting the in-house "massage parlour" operation.
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Aug 16th, 2004, 06:45 AM
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The voltage in Vietnam is 220v - surely because I live in Vietnam
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