Flight Review: Vietjet Air – Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight Review: Vietjet Air – Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Vietjet Air VJ 649
From: Da Nang (DAD) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

I flew with Vietjet Air from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City. This was the return leg of my trip to Da Nang, flying on a different airline. There also flights with Jetstar Pacific and Vietnam Airlines, and the three airlines combined offer dozens of flight options throughout the day. I used Skyscanner to compare price and flight times, and went with Vietjet for price and time of day.

Skyscanner

Vietjet Air had 12 flights to choose from, and I went with a mid-morning flight.

DAD-SGN flight options

The total price (including a checked bag) was 1,055,000 VND ($45.50 USD). This is a great deal for a 1 hour flight, and one that was booked less than a month in advance.

DAD-SGN price

There are check-in kiosks available at Da Nang airport. Vietjet Air also now offer online check-in for domestic flights which depart from Tan Son Nhat (SGN), Noi Bai (HAN) and Da Nang (DAD) airports.

Vietjet Air kiosks

Otherwise you can go old-school and check in via a counter.

Vietjet Air check-in

Da Nang airport is modern, though it still lacks a variety of food options. The best thing about Da Nang airport is that it’s right in the city centre. It takes about 10 minutes to get there by taxi from the beach.

Domestic departures

Flight VJ649 departs at 9.25 and arrives at 10.50 for a scheduled flight time of 1H, 25M. Actual flying time is closer to an hour. Vietjet can be known for late departures so if you have a time-sensitive appointment then book an earlier flight.

VJ 649

Not much legroom with Vietjet, but it felt like about an inch more than Jetstar, which was just enough to avoid having my knees touch the front seat.

Leg room

one2fly – the inflight magazine of Vietjet Air.

one2fly March 2019

The cover featured H’Hen Nie, the Vietnamese representative at Miss Universe 2018. Here she is with the audacious banh mi costume.

Vietnam Miss Universe

One thing Vietjet Air needs to improve on is to provide a route map of their destinations. If you are a visitor to the region it’s likely that you are unfamiliar with most of the destinations. There are many coastal destinations in Vietnam (usually old US air bases), but most people outside of Vietnam will not know where they are. Having a route map helps in travel planning. Here in the inflight magazine (and on their website) they just list the name of the destinations they fly to.

Route list

There is no inflight meal service, but as I’ve noted before the meal prices are cheap on domestic flights. I got a coffee for 20,000 VND ($0.86 USD).

Coffee

We arrived almost on time, and to my surprise we got an airbridge. Tan Son Nhat airport is so overloaded that it is often the case that the low cost airlines are parked for a tarmac disembarkation.

Vietjet Air at SGN

Over this was a good option for a cheap from from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City.


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