Travellers through Changi now have a new option for flights to Vietnam and beyond on the recently launched VietJet service from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh. This ‘new age’ airline has been making headlines across Asia since they launched in 2012 and now offer 53 routes both internally and internationally on a fleet of 40 brand new aircraft.

Starfish on Phu Quoc

Starfish on Phu Quoc

Connecting through Ho Chi Minh, travellers can connect to Bangkok, Yangon, Taipei and Seoul as well as destinations across China like Tianjin, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Shanghai, Chengdu and Chongqing. The airline was originally launched to provide a low cost means for Vietnamese to connect with their loved ones, often separated by vast distances due to working arrangements. Since then it has grown into one of the region’s most successful low-cost carriers, providing strong competition for more established airlines like Air Asia, Tiger and Jetstar Asia.

Offering 36 domestic routes, the airline has seen huge growth due to its popularity for domestic travel and this continues with the expansion of its international network. After winning the ’Best Asian Low Cost Carrier” at the TTG Travel Awards in 2015, the company’s international reputation has continued to grow, winning IOSA Certification from the International Air Transport Association.

Colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh

Colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh

Travellers looking to elevate their on-board experience can fly in the ‘Sky Boss’ category, which offers a host of benefits including lounge access in both Changi and Ho Chi Minh, preferential boarding and disembarking in a separate vehicle, greater luggage allowance and a complimentary meal/drink on board. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like travelling as a celebrity or VIP, then ‘Sky Boss’ will give you a unique insight into the coveted world of the privileged at a very affordable cost. Like other low-cost airlines, the secret to getting the best priced ticket is timing – with VietJet, a daily ‘Happy Hour’ between 12pm and 2pm (Vietnam time) offers great savings on tickets.

With two flights a day from Changi’s Terminal Three, VietJet offers a convenient and affordable way of getting to Ho Chi Minh or further for either a weekend trip or a longer holiday.

Interior of the Saigon Central Post Office

Interior of the Saigon Central Post Office

With its charming blend of crumbling colonial architecture, excellent restaurants and historical sights, Ho Chi Minh is a visitor’s delight. Centrally located hotels like The Rex Hotel offer a rich blend of history and luxury – the building was constructed in 1927 during French colonial rule with the hotel famous for hosting American forces during the Vietnam war – located just a stone’s throw from city landmarks like Notre Dame Basilica and Saigon Central Post Office.

Those looking for an as yet unspoilt beach escape should explore the island of Phu Quoc, just a short connecting flight from Hi Chi Minh on VietJet. This sleepy island is better known as being the main production centre for Vietnam’s iconic fish sauce, a must have ingredient for preparing many dishes of the national cuisine.

The daily catch at Phu Quoc's Dinh Cau Night Market

The daily catch at Phu Quoc’s Dinh Cau Night Market

The island is also a large producer of another essential culinary ingredient – pepper – which is of similar quality to the internationally respected Kampot pepper grown on the Cambodian mainland nearby. Visitors interested in learning more about these industries can visit both a fish sauce factory and a pepper farm – make sure to stock up on the aromatic and pungent pepper available here as it’s quite delicious.

Whit Phu Quoc sands at Sao Beach

Whit Phu Quoc sands at Sao Beach

With the opening of an international airport and visa-free travel available for many nationalities, it’s clear that Vietnam has big plans for the island. The construction of new roads and resorts has begun at pace so now is the time to visit if you want to catch the place at its most pristine.

Blessed with white sand beaches, dense jungle and an abundance of cheap fresh seafood, Phu Quoc is an ideal location for a chilled long weekend away. New resorts like the Novotel offer international standard accommodation, located bang on the beach, at very affordable rates. With tennis courts, two swimming pools, a spa, two restaurants and a choice of room types that range from standard deluxe rooms to stand alone villas with private pools, there is something to suit all budgets.

The pool terrace at Novotel Phu Quoc

The pool terrace at Novotel Phu Quoc

 

VietJet’s continued expansion is good news for those travelling through Changi Airport. With new routes planned to both domestic destinations in Vietnam and international routes to the north, the airline is sure to provide strong competition to the more established carriers in the region, which is good news for the consumer.

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  Justin Eeles

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