Visiting a brand-new country always keeps me excited, similar to flying with an airline that I’ve never flown before! This time around, I’m flying Vietnam Airlines for the first time to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.
Vietnam Airlines fly thrice from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 daily. This is my first time stepping into Terminal 4, and wow, was so amazed by the entire airport! It’s super classy, neat and nice!
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 – HCMC Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport
Flight Time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
Departure Time @ 1:15pm, Arrival Time @ 2:25pm
Vietnam Airlines utilizes it’s Airbus A321 for this flight path to Ho Chi Minh City. They also use the same model for their flight from Singapore to Hanoi.
I bought my round-trip tickets on Vietnam Airlines after seeing their promotion on my Facebook. In total, I paid S$259.70 for a round trip flight ticket from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City with free 30kg of check-in luggage and free in-flight meal.
The flight comes in 2 different classes – Business Class and Economy Class. The Business Class has a total of 16 seats, with a seating configuration of 2-2, while Economy Class has 168 seats onboard, with a seating configuration of 3-3.
In the Economy Class, the seat pitch is 32-inch, with recline of up to 6-inch. The Business Class has a seat pitch of 45-inch and a reclining distance of nearly 10-inch.
Online check-in opens 24 hours before departure time, and the check-in process is simple and easy to perform. There aren’t any self-check-in and self-baggage-drop kiosks for Vietnam Airlines in T4 (weirdly), but the entire process was smooth.
The entire plane feels alright, the seats in Economy Class felt decent. The air stewardesses mainly wore a blue Ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional dress), with a little modern touch to it. The flight took off on time, and the in-flight meal was being served after awhile. Yes, there’s actually in-flight meal on such a short flight!
There were 2 options for my flight – Pork Rice or Fried Fish Noodle. I’ve chosen the Pork Rice, which tasted alright, not very fantastic. But it kinda gives me a taste of how Vietnamese cuisine will be. During the meal-time, there were quite a number of on-off turbulences throughout the flight.
There isn’t any in-flight entertainment system nor charging ports on the flight for both classes. The only entertainment you could have is to read their magazine ‘HERITAGE’, which 90% is in Vietnamese so I would recommend prepping your Spotify or Netflix or a book ready to past the time onboard.
Weirdly for Vietnam, there isn’t a need to fill up any immigration forms.
Overall, I felt the Vietnam Airlines was not too bad, taking into account that you will be entitled to 30kg check-in baggage and an in-flight meal. So this is rather an affordable option to fly from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City if flying Singapore Airlines is too expensive and you would rather not fly with budget airlines like Scoot! and Jetstar Asia.