With all the unfortunate incidents surrounding Malaysian Airlines (yes, I do get anxiety. Truly sorry cos we loved our previous flights to Seoul by MAS) our next affordable choice was Vietnam Airlines.
Being the little freako I can be, I did some research! It seems that in recent times Vietnam Airlines has been 'upping' flights to Korea and has hauled a new plane fleet.
Which is wonderful news to me. Hoho.
Reviews online have been mixed, mostly leaning towards negative.
Our experience? Hits and misses.. but overall okay. (Can't say the same for the husband's poor cousin though)
Service was no frills from checking in to boarding. Fuss free unless you require special attention, do note that the stewardesses are not the best english speakers so communication may be frustrating. Stick to your booked flights and it'll go okay. Changing bookings may not go as smoothly though as miscommunications can occur and additional changes are chargeable.
The plane. Looks new, yep. And such a pretty colour too. However on our way there my tv did not work. Bummer. And back to Singapore, no tv at all since both were small planes. :( so be prepared to bring your own entertainment. (I mean books and games ya.)
As for transit, you may drop over at Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. Both are small airports but please pick the latter which has more traffic. The poor cousin was stranded overnight, alone (no staff, nothing) in a ghostly airport. Not an experience for the faint hearted. Choose a short layover when possible as there really isnt much to see in both airports and travellers are not encouraged to leave the airport to sight see due to the many cheating cases.
Food was excellent in our opinion. Tasty and sometimes we got wholemeal buns! A thumbs up from me as the muslim meals were not curry heavy. (except for the last flight which was a welcoming sight from not having curry throughout the trip) A tip though, do call up ahead to request for special meals like Halal/Muslim meals as from our observations every flight carried a pork meal.
Other guests? Well our flight there was packed with ahjusshis and ahjummas. It was like a trip back from the market. Which felt un-threatening and made me comfortable to be honest. Less that one annoying toddler who screamed 80% of the flight. Enroute back to Singapore, plane was packed with Vietnamese passengers and again with the ahjusshis and ahjummas chattering excitedly of their pending Vietnam getaway.
All in all? Not bad. Comfy, don't expect too much and just sleep it away. With the good food, it's worth a try!
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