MH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1698 posts, RR: 30 Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4103 times:
Planning a trip to Vietnam the 1st part of December in/out of SGN...
The cheapest possibilities shown today are CI via TPE (ex FRA), CX via HKG (ex FRA) or QR via DOH (ex MAN)...
Which one would you take, considering I've to take the plane to MAN/LPL via LS/U2 or to FRA via ICE-train ?
For your info: AMS-LPL-bus-MAN-DOH-SGN v.v. is same in price as the FRA-SGN trips (excl. train from the Netherlands), however, it's a bit of a detour for me
Have heard great things of QR (they operate A330 both on the MAN-DOH and DOH-SGN v.v. stretches, however, have had excellent experiences before on CX, and have never flown on CI...
Goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1896 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4098 times:
I've been there in april/may with AF from CDG. AF serves both HAN (thrice wekly) and SGN (4 times weekly) with a short (about 90 min) technical stop in BKK which is nice to stretch your legs. The route is flown with a 744 in winter and a A343 in summer.
very nice flights and I would definitely flew them again.
from AMS, I'm sure that you can connect from the KLM flight to BKK to the AF BKK-SGN (when we arrived in BKK, the beautiful KLM 744 arrived shortly after us and was parked next to us). This will save you the connection in CDG and will be surely the most convenient routing.
Having only flown on the middle of the three, i can't really judge, however i have heard a lot of bad things about QR's economy product. Also from what i heard, DOH is an overcrowded, smallish airport, inconvenient to transit through.
CX is an excellent airline and HKG and excellent airport to transit through, and you won't have troubles killing a few hours there.
As for CI, i have never flown them, neither heard much about them, and i have no idea about TPE.
I personally would go with CX, also to save the hassle of going through LPL, and if you have lots of baggage you might pay a hefty baggage fee on U2 whereas you wont pay any baggage fee on the ICE. In the end, adding the U2 fare, baggage fee, bus fare etc to the €675, you wont save a lot in the end and all the hassle won't be worth the few euros you will save.
anyway, just my 2 cents.
Have a good trip!
Edit: Did you check vietnam Airlines? the yhave very competitive €750 all-in fares for september/october/november, the ymight aswlel have good offers for september.
I checked for the first week in Dec and MH gives a all-in fare of Eur 840.= (vliegtarieven.nl). You will depart on MH17 at a convenient time, 12pm, (but I guess, you knew that) and you have a nice 2hr transfer in KUL.
You came up with the cheap QR fare of almost Eur 700,=, but although LS/U2 are cheap, it's not for free! Also add the inconvenience in case you misconnect in MAN......travelling a day early to MAN, will mean you need to spend money on a hotel....
EIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 872 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4016 times:
I flew to SGN with SQ via AMS last April and although I got a sale fare it was only 660euro including a free stop in SIN. If you can find decent flights with them thats who I would go with. Otherwise I'd fly CX but in Y the seat pitch can be a bit tight if you're tall, but excellent IFE and food and a friendly crew
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