Thailand adapters - What adapter do I need for Thailand?

Power adapters for Thailand

If packing for a vacation to Thailand it's helpful to know in advance if you can use all your vital electronics such as cell phones and laptop computers when you arrive at your hotel. By not knowing which power socket is being used in Thailand you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there. Complicated frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Thailand. This page contains links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when visiting Thailand using their standard types B, A or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets will be typically used by most Thai. Most power adapters are different depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend that you read the Wiki Connections travel power adapters list for a complete list of regions.

What is the best power adapter for Thailand?

The best power adapter for Thailand will be a Type B power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Thailand?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a wall outlet in Thailand to accept a power plug from a different country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Do I need a plug adapter in Thailand?

It depends on the country you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Will I need a power adapter for Thailand if I'm from the US?

An American plug won't need a power adapter because it will fit into a Thai power outlet however the voltage is different so you need to use a power converter for Thailand if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Thai power outlet enables visitors from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Thailand simply by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Thailand?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Thai power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a step down power converter for Thailand along with the correct power adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Thailand?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Thailand?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand - Thai Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage, between $15 to $20.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor