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?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters which permit a different shaped power plug from another country to correctly slot into a Thai power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter in Thailand?

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another country to use electronic appliances and devices in Thailand by altering the shape of the power plug.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Thailand?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Thai power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Thailand along with the right adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Thailand in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Thailand in the UK

Thailand to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Where to buy a power adapter in Thailand

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Thailand

On arrival power adapters could 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.

  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, £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor