Tumblelog by Soup.io
Newer posts are loading.
You are at the newest post.
Click here to check if anything new just came in.

Vietnam travel tips

International flights to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

You want to go on a trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and you're looking for a decent airline, however the choice between many airlines can be a real headache! Some tips to choose well among airlines!

To start and find schedules and fares, the Internet is a very good way. Sites exist and they are many. The www.voyages-sncf.com website is highly acclaimed in France to find flights example. This will give you an initial idea of ​​prices and options. You can also go to the websites of each company to study promotions but are rarely found price differences. If you can, be a little flexible on dates that can be sometimes very advantageous to leave or go mid week instead of a weekend. This is also the first thing to do, determine your travel period, duration and your flexibility if you have any. This information will help to mediate faster your choice!

Fisrtsly, you have to get your Vietnam Visa before going embarquement

Direct flight or stopover?

Two airlines offer such direct flights between France and Vietnam: Vietnam Airlines and Air France, both members of the SkyTeam alliance, so there are flights shares (that is to say, flight Air France but Vietnam Airlines plane and vice versa, in general it is specified). Other stops offer: as Qatar Airlines with a stopover in Doha, Cathay Pacific with a stopover in Hong Kong, Thai Airways with stopover in Bangkok ... and there are probably many more! To go to Cambodia or Laos you can also stop in Hanoi for example in the case of Vietnam Airlines.

In the case of a direct flight you will arrive directly from Paris to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City in about 12 hours of flight. The advantage of a direct flight, even if the price can sometimes be a little higher, is limiting the flight time and minimum expectations (sometimes longer!) In a transit airport. This prevents connections and possible problems or delays do not miss the match!

This is often the cheapest rate that you will choose a direct flight. The airline you choose will pass through the local airport which leave its other devices towards particular to Hanoi or HCM City. In this case the flight time is longer. And if there are delays or misses, the company will do anything to get you to your final destination.

If you have limited in Vietnam for your vacation time prefer a direct flight!

Which airline to choose?

Again, the price is likely to guide your choice! For those who allow a slightly higher price of a ticket does not hesitate to look at the performance of companies. It must nevertheless admit that the services in general are highly standardized in all classes of aircraft.

The Gulf airlines are nevertheless known for comfort. Thai Airways is also highly rated, especially with a new plane from Paris (replacing an old Boeing 747). Singapore Airline operates daily A380 flight from Paris, all new aircraft and great service on board! But remember, for these companies, the travel time will be longer as mandatory stop. As for Air France and Vietnam Airlines flights are direct and services are equivalent to each other ... Both companies offer a little more comfortable than traditional classes Eco Eco Premium. However, do not expect something really different in terms of price. It may be noted that aircraft cabins Air France Vietnam are normally all renovated while Vietnam Airlines aircraft could review their design.

Flight schedules are also a selection criterion. You might prefer to travel by day or night. The advantage of a flight day is that we do not feel the discomfort of a bad night in a plane! When choosing a night flight and if you want to sleep, choose the flights that depart later to be sure you fall asleep after dinner. If you go to 16h, you will not sleep before midnight is half the flight!

See more here Vietnam’s climate

The small stuff and more!

When you do your research, the type of device may be mentioned, there is often a Boeing or Airbus (the mark of the aircraft, one company may have both Boeing and Airbus).

Boeing are generally noisier than Airbus aircraft and it can be felt over such long distances (earplugs are provided in all planes to reduce noise).

Concerning equipment companies there is a site on the internet that compares the devices of all companies: http://www.seatguru.com/. ; On this site find your device and determine what are the best seats in the airplane. This site is in English and unfortunately Vietnam Airlines is not yet referenced.

The choice of place in a plane can sometimes make a reservation if you make during the registration at the departure airport. Do not worry, all the seats are generally good and there are some differences, but some tips can be useful if you have a choice:

- The parking exits are often interesting for tall people because there is more space for the legs. They are often made quickly and some companies offer you the book for about 50 euros extra. BUT places exits also have disadvantages: in general the armrest of the seat is larger and does not get up so that the seat seems less wide, you are a little tighter. Moreover, during the flight people like to move and go where there is a place that is to say, the output ... so it can get crowded around you and it can be annoying. On long haul flights there is usually enough space between seats in economy class, do not resign if you do not have an emergency exit.

- You can generally choose side aisle or window. But when you're in the last recording there is less choice and many places in between. The window allows you to look at the scenery but be aware that you will not see much because the flight altitude is high (10-12 km) and it reduces your freedom of movement during the flight. The hallway provides the advantage that you can move when you want without having to disturb their neighbors. If the company offers, register online in advance (about 24 hours before the flight) and choose your seat on the plane.

- Do you find yourself near the toilet because you will suffer some disadvantages ... and near places or crews preparing meals.

- In a 747 (with floor) try to get a spot on the floor (if it is an economic class). You will be quieter.

Advice: for the choice of seats, arrive early at the airport to check in!

Don't be the product, buy the product!