Timezone and Electrical Specifications


Latitude: 10 degrees 46’N

Longitude: 106 degrees 43’E

The time zone for Vietnam is Indochina Time, or ICT. It’s UTC/GMT +7 hours.

Daylight savings time (DST) changes aren’t observed in Vietnam, in fact, daylight savings time in Asia is generally not used. Many western countries use DST to help people keep their timing schedules in line with sunup and sundown. For example, the UTC -4 time zone becomes UTC -5 in autumn (for countries that observe DST.) Vietnam is always UTC +7, so it’s a little easier to remember.

Electrical Specifications

Voltage: 220 V; Current: 50 Hz

Electrical outlets

The Vietnamese electrical outlet that you’ll commonly find is a combination of two round peg holes and flat, vertical ports. These outlets can use either the European 2-pin attachment or the standard American/Japanese 2-prong attachment.

Power conversion

Vietnamese electricity is provided at 220 V, which is different from many other countries and some devices may not work properly or could even be damaged when plugged into the wrong voltage.

But don’t worry… keep in mind that most modern electronics come with plugs that have a transformer attached. That’s the little black box attached to the wire (such as on your laptop). You can almost always find some information on this box, including voltage and current ranges that are acceptable for that plug.

If there is no black box included on your device’s plug, you may want to read the documentation on that product to make sure it can receive 220 V at 50 Hz. If it can’t, converters are usually available in basic electric shops.