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Thailand Electrical Outlets Are a #*$*)#!

Everything to do with Thailand electricity is a Bitch.

I’ve lived in 10 houses/flats/mansion rooms in Thailand. I’ve been increasingly frustrated with all things electrical in the country, beginning with a 220 volt line throwing me down onto the bed I was standing on in Koh Lanta as I put it back up on the wall it just fell off of… this was about 2 months after arriving in the country.

That was followed up by nearly all places I’ve stayed not having grounded electricity and so I was shocked on my computer, cell phone as it charged, and anything electrical. That gets to suck pretty good after a while. Definitely after 30-40 times it does.

I’ve grabbed the 220 volt exposed wires twice as I reached for light switches that were not installed well – and I actually reached around the back of the covers on both and got REAL good jolts I was able to fall away from and disconnect.

I’ve had 2 electrical outlets smoking behind a wall and had to call the landlord ASAP.

But you know the thing that grates my nerves like cheese?

Why don’t the frickin’ plugs go into the wall socket EASILY and without damaging them? How hard would that be to make the things smooth to plug something in?

It’s like I have to JAM every plug in this house – into the outlet, and it doesn’t go in nicely – EVER. You know the square peg round hole IQ routine docs give to kids that can’t tie their shoes by 14 years old?

The place I’m in now is a couple million THB and it has 3 baht electrical outlets. WTF?

Anybody else have the same junk outlets??? I’ve had these crap outlets about 7 out of 10 places I stayed.

At least the electric is grounded in this house… so I should be thankful, right?

But I’m not – because besides the outlets I have to jam plugs into, I don’t even have electricity for hours at a time if the wind is blowing hard or if it’s raining. For some reason the electrical service in MANY cities, many places… goes out when wind starts.


I needed a good rant. Thailand has a lot of great stuff going on… but anything to do with electricity – is like living in the stone-ages.

3G? We can’t even get consistent electricity! 3G! ha!

My next rant? Thailand water… buying water from the idiots on the truck that don’t clean the bottles between uses, and so there’s a green fungi growing in the bottom.

That’s another day – hopefully I won’t feel like ranting again anytime soon – too much to do.


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5 thoughts on “Thailand Electrical Outlets Are a #*$*)#!

  • March 31, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Ah yes, the Thailand Electric Adventures. Never a dull moment. The blender fireworks, the delayed and flashing room lights, the strange behavior of electronics. I think there is a electrical power outlet ghosts that haunts the systems. Mine goes out when it rains. I have a friend who closed the breakers in his house and was in the process of installing a ceiling fan and got zapped.

    No post planned about no city water?

    • March 31, 2010 at 5:27 am

      Niiiiice… breakers closed and he still got zapped… maybe they ran it straight from the pole outside, bypassing the meter? The electricity in TH is 2x as strong as USA so it’s quite a jolt that hits ya. As I said, it’s been 3 times that I remember… I think I’m going to shut my mouth about the water situation… and by the way, I’m going to switch over to buying just Singha water from Makro. Unless someone tells me that is bad for some reason. If that’s bad, what is my alternative? A solar still? Whatever it takes…

  • March 31, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Well sounds like the electric here in the Philippines is a little better than Thailand. More than two years here and I haven’t hit the 220V yet. I did have to buy two good power stripes for the computers and phone chargers. Good luck over there and be careful.

  • April 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    It’s a bit pricey initial investment but I have an acquaintance who purchased a water purification unit from Amway and swears by it. The Singha water is an alternative but what are the standards they are held to? I recently read an article that even in the US the water quality standards aren’t all up to par.

    The other thing about buying bottled water are all those plastic bottles. You will figure something out I am sure.

    • April 2, 2010 at 12:08 am

      I hate all things Amway – so that’s out. I think the water purification system is overkill. Isn’t Singha pure water without any problem? I’d think so. Anyone heard differently? It always tastes good and I’ve never seen a dirty bottle. Has anyone? Smelled anything weird?

      I figure the Singha bottled must be at least 100 times cleaner than the big plastic bottles these guys bring to the house with green shite in the bottom.

      I think I see a family coming to pick the plastic bottles out of the trash every now and then – I’ll separate them out to make it easier for them. We’ll be going through a hell of a lotta plastic bottles, that’s for sure. I’ll use these 6 liter Singhas until someone can show me it’s not clean water…


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