Vietjet flights to Ho Chi Minh City make Vietnam more accessible

Vietnam is easier to reach with the launch of Vietjet’s service that connects Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City.

This direct route will make it more affordable for Australian travellers to discover Vietnam’s rich culture, striking landscapes, and warm hospitality.

Launched on Easter Sunday, the tri-weekly service will compete with existing carriers Bamboo Airways, Vietnam Airlines, and Jetstar.

Vietjet plans to expand the route to daily flights by December 2024.

An Airbus 330 aircraft will be used for the service, with a full range of ticket classes such as SkyBoss Business, SkyBoss, Deluxe and Eco available.

Melbourne Airport’s chief of aviation, Jim Parashos, told Aviation Australia that Vietnam is consistently one of the airport’s top international destinations.

“Low-cost fares will make the trip even more appealing to leisure and business travellers, and of course, people wanting to connect with family and friends at both ends of the route,” Mr Parashos said.

“Victoria is home to a large Vietnamese community, with Melbourne’s vibrant and fast-growing migrant population making the city a key inbound market with Melbourne Airport the natural gateway to Australia.

“There are also around 9500 Vietnamese students enrolled at Victorian institutions, making Vietnam one of the state’s largest international student populations.”

Return economy flights to Ho Chi Minh City, departing in April, start at $574, according to Skyscanner.

Vietnam was the 10th most popular destination for Australian travellers earlier this year, with more than 36,050 Australians visiting, according to the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

Vietnam offers a diverse range of experiences for travellers.

The bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City provide a vibrant urban experience, while the serene countryside offers a peaceful retreat.

ANZ Intrepid Travel managing director Brett Mitchell told TND that Vietnam was the adventure travel company’s top-selling destination for 2022, taking out the No.1 spot for international bookings out of Australia.

He said Vietnam’s affordability is one of the main attractions for Australian holidaymakers.

“Vietnam caters to a wide array of budgets, depending on individual needs and preferences,” Mr Mitchell said.

“With a variety of restaurants, cafes and market eats, travellers can easily scale their meal budget up or down, depending on the type of experience they’re after.”

In addition to its cultural and natural attractions, Vietnam is home to a vibrant arts scene.

Holidaymakers can visit local galleries, attend traditional music performances, and explore bustling markets filled with handmade crafts and souvenirs.

The country’s landscapes are equally diverse and breathtaking, with the lush rice paddies of the Mekong Delta and the towering peaks of the Sapa mountains showcasing the natural beauty of Vietnam.

For travellers seeking outdoor adventures, national parks like Cuc Phuong and Ba Be offer the opportunity to hike through dense jungles and encounter unique wildlife.

The county’s rich cultural heritage is another draw for visitors.

Ancient temples, traditional villages and delicious cuisine provide a glimpse into the country’s past and present.

According to Lonely Planet, one of the key appeals of Vietnam is its vibrant culinary scene.

Street food stalls offer a tantalising variety of dishes, while high-end restaurants serve up modern interpretations of traditional Vietnamese fare.

Tourists visit the Ngoc Son Temple in the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Getty

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