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.
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.)
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 Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:30pm, landing in Sydney at 7:20am the following day.
“Our direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne and Sydney make it easier and more convenient for business, education and tourism between Vietnam and Australia,” says Vietjet Vice President Nguyen Thanh Son, who added that “in the coming year, we plan to expand to cities including Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide.”
Interest in Vietnam has soared since the country’s March 2022 reopening, with the major hubs of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi still receiving the lion’s share of business and leisure travel, though lesser known ports like Quy Nhon and Ninh Binh are becoming increasingly popular.
From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietjet offers connections to a multitude of domestic and international ports, such as Da Nang and Hanoi, and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia.
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