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1. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Am looking for cheap flights to Vietnam . It seems to be the most expensive place to fly to in asia at least £750 rtn .Hongkong , Bangkok , Jakarta to name a few all seem to be sround £450 - 500 so why is Vietnam so expensive ,
Does anyone know of any budget airlines that fly here , or of any good deals that i cant find ?? i could fly to other countrys first and get an internal flight but its a pain and you end up spending the same amount of money anyway .

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Could be your timing. If you're looking at late Jan-early Feb the Tet holiday will bring demand way up and prices too. If you can't find a good rate, fly into BKK and take one of the discount carriers over to Vietnam (Jetstar, Air Asia). I got a very good fare for Feb from the USA on Asiana.

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Am not leaving till March returning in May , but still pricey .. I done BKK to SGN before but don't really save much , plus its a pain and time consuming jumping on different flights , if i cant save much i`d just rather spend the £700 flying direct to VN .
Its mad you can get a RTN to Hong Kong for £450 which i a lot further than Vietnam i just dont understand why Vietnam is so expensive to fly too . I`ll only be in Vietnam also so dont have a overland option either , i`d be willing to fly to Cambodia but the prices are the same .

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Paul,
The reason VN is so much higher for airfares is lack of competition. Very few flights into VN compared to BKK or SIN. I flew into BKK one trip, arrived 1:00am, took an Air Asia flight out at 10:00am. Yes, it was a bad night, but when you are talking about a $300 difference, I can put up with it. My last trip in April, I flew into SIN, spent 3 days with friends, took a JetStar Asia flight into SGN. Then overland to Cambodia, visit friends in Thailand, flew BKK-SIN. This worked out as I have friends in SIN, toured VN with friends that met me in HCMC, stopped to visit friends in Cam. then finished up in Thailand.

What you need to do is crunch the numbers. Price flying into BKK, Air Asia into HAN. Then go overland back to BKK. Or fly into SIN, fly into SGN, overland through Cambodia to BKK. Fly back to SIN, home. Once you have your figures, you can decide if it is worth it to avoid the high airfares into VN. I wrote about my last trip in my blog. Good luck Paul and send me a PM if you have questions.

5. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Thanks , I`ll keep trying , if anyone notices any good deals please give us a shout .
Or maybe i`ll go to BKK again first , i`ll keep looking .

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

You might give Priceline UK a try - I had success with Priceline US recently - non-bidding.

7. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

hey that website www.priceline.co.uk is reli good

8. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Cheers found a good deal on Priceline £616 rtn dont think i`ll get a better deal than that .
Got another question . How flexable are they with Visas i got an extention this year so i spent 2 months in the country will they let you go over that by a week , the flight am looking at returns 9 weeks after land

9. Posted by figurine (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

I'm looking at flights at the minute to Siem Reap leaving in early March and returning at the end of May, and everything seems to be at least £1000, would I be better off getting flights Bangkok and travelling down to Cambodia?

10. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Dont pay a grand to Siem Reap flights to bangkok are well cheap you can find good deals .
Just get a bus from Bangkok you`l save loads , and the journey is no way as bad as people make out .