Flight Review: Jetstar Pacific – Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

Flight Review: Jetstar Pacific – Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok

Flight: Jetstar Pacific BL 663
From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Bangkok (BKK)

I flew with Jetstar Pacific from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. I compared flights with Skyscanner as there are numerous options on this route. Ultimately I was looking for a cheap flight for a midday flight to BKK (not DMK) airport, and Jetstar had the most suitable option.


I last flew with the Jetstar brand from Melbourne, and I have flown from Bangkok to Saigon before, so I knew what to expect.

Jetstar Pacific is codeshared with Qantas, which makes sense seeing that Qantas created Jetstar. It’s also codeshared with Vietnam Airlines who also part own Jetstar, even though Qantas and Vietnam Airlines are in separate airline alliances.

BL 663 codeshare

I didn’t check in online as I always seem to get the middle seat. I got there early to get a decent seat.

Jetstar check-in

Tan Son Nhat airport is going through another extension, but it wasn’t disrupting flights or check-in.

International extension

This flight is from 12:00 to 13:30, so I had lunch at the airport. Pho with a side of plane spotting.

Pho planespotting

Ahh Gate 14, down into the dungeon where you get the bus to the plane.

Gate 14

Tarmac boarding at Tan Son Nhat (SGN).

Jetstar Pacific boarding at Ho Chi Minh City

JetstarPacific – the inflight magazine for Jetstar Pacific. The magazine is mostly in Vietnamese.

Jetstar Pacific Mag 5/6 2018

The route maps show the Jetstar Pacific routes, as well as all the other Jetstar-branded flights in Asia and Australia.

Route map

There is no free meal service. If you want a meal you can pre-order at a discount when you book, or buy onboard.

Food menu

Prices on Jetstar Pacific are comparable the prices with fellow Vietnamese low cost carrier Vietjet.

Coffee menu

I got a coffee for 20,000 VND (0.88 USD).


For short-haul flights I always try and get a window seat. Flying into Bangkok can be quite a spectacle, though todays flight I had a dirty window.

Bangkok view from the wing

The last few times I’ve flown to BKK I’ve been greeted with a sea of passengers waiting to get through immigration. I figured if I go during the day the crowds may not be as bad as the morning or evening peaks. Fortunately there was only a small crowd, and there were three people in front of me at immigration.

BKK immigration

Overall this was a good option to fly to Bangkok.

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