Vietjet adds flights to Sydney; eyes Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin

Vietnam is landing on the to-do list of more Australian travellers, with Vietjet launching direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City across April – with plans for Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide to follow.

While Vietjet is technically considered a low-cost carrier, its international Airbus A330s offer a premium cabin called ‘Skyboss Business’.

But it’s not quite business class as you know it: the 12 leather seats fold out into an older-style angled flatbed.

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The airline’s Skyboss Business class comes with an angled flatbed and complimentary meals.

Our tip for relaxing or catching some shut-eye on the 8+ hour flight: try to set up the seat as a recliner rather than a sloping lie-flat bed, and wedge a pillow behind your lower back for added comfort.

Perks of Vietjet’s premium cabin include 40kg of checked baggage and 18kg carry-on, along with lounge access, priority check-in and complimentary meals.

(It’s worth noting Vietjet doesn’t offer any inflight entertainment, so a good book or some pre-downloaded content on your own device is essential.)

Amenity kits are included to help travellers relax.

Amenity kits are included to help travellers relax.

Vietjet will make its Australian debut in Melbourne on April 8 and run to the following schedule:

  • Flights depart from Melbourne every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with wheels up after midnight at 12:30am, and touchdown into Ho Chi Minh City at 5:15am.
  • On the rebound, flights depart Ho Chi Minh City at 9:50am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving into Melbourne at 10:35pm.

April 12 sees three Sydney-Ho Chi Minh City flights per week, as follows:

  • Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City flights will fire up every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:15am, with a mid-afternoon arrival of 4:30pm.
  • For the return, passengers will bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City every
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They had warded off the French. Given the Americans a bloody nose. And is now taking an expansionist China head-on.

Does it ring a bell? Surely, yes.

It’s a hilly land with dense tropical forests — a country that once lent its name to a slogan that shook the streets of a city thousands of kilometres away in a different country. 

Vietnam, situated on the eastern part of mainland Southeast Asia, is a land of stunning beauty but it was its politics of defiance — which had found resonance among communists in Kolkata — that got this writer hooked. So, when my childhood buddy, Chris, invited me over, I couldn’t say no and hopped on to the next flight out to explore the charms of his country, my first foreign trip since the pandemic shut the world down two years back.

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A bowl of Pho

A bowl of Pho

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