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Electricity (Southeast Asia)

There is an electricity supply of 220 volts throughout Southeast Asia, in the cities and most towns. 240-volt appliances will work safely with this supply. However, there is no universal power point; they vary not just from one country to the next, but from one hotel to another. You can buy adaptors/conversion plugs, from hardware, department and duty free stores, prior to

In some areas there is a lesser electricity supply of 110 volts, which is available only a few hours each day from the town’s supply or from a diesel generator. Whenever there is limited electricity supply this will also mean limited hot water supply. Remote and village areas also experience power surges or outages, both of which can make re-charging electrical appliances very difficult. We advise you to bring a supply of batteries (bought in Australia/New Zealand) with you to allow for days when you cannot recharge.


Vertical two-pin (US) plug or round two-pin (Europe) plug


Round two-pin (Europe) plug or flat three-pin (UK) plug


Vertical two-pin (US) plug


Vertical two-pin (US) plug or round two-pin (Europe) plug or round three-pin Old British plug


Electricity supply is 230V and the plugs have three square prongs like UK ones


In Singapore the power plugs are type C and F (two round pins)


For the Philippines there are three associated plug types, A (two flat parallel pins), B (two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin) and C (two round pins)


Round two-pin (Europe) plug or flat three-pin (UK) plug

Although Myanmar uses 220V, this can occasionally increase to 300V and then drop to 100V. Short power cuts are not uncommon, even in the capital Yangon (Rangoon). From March through to May, the electric power is supplied in a rotating system from quarter to quarter in and around Rangoon. Most of the popular tourist destinations still have rationing. However, most major hotels have their own generator.