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Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:50 pm

Hi All,

Welcome to my third TR for 2010.

This trip follows MrsBA319131 & I on a trip to Vietnam with brief stops in Bangkok.

To keep the reports short(er) and easier to digest I plan to post 5 TR’s:-

1. QR LHR>DOH>BKK
2. VN BKK>HAN
3. VN HAN>HUE>HMC
4. VN HMC>BKK
5. QR BKK>DOH>LHR

This is report number 2 of the 5.

There were other options for getting to & from Vietnam from various cities in Asia, however I chose Vietnam Airlines for a couple of reasons:-

1. The flight times suited us better than the others.
2. They offered the cheapest J fare.
3. This would be our first experience of Vietnamise hospitality.

15.02.10

Check out of our hotel was interesting, it appears the maid checks your room when you leave to ensure you have not ‘taken’ anything, seems there were some items missing, a spoon and some magnetic thing you stick on the door when you don’t want to be disturbed.

They insisted we told them were some missing items were, however I’ve no idea where these items were, never even saw them! In the end I had to sign a form saying we had not seen them or taken them but would not be charged for them, quite bizarre, never had this issue before! That aside I’d stay there again.



VN830
BKK-HAN
A321-231 VN-A349 1A Business Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 31st A321 flight, 172nd flight on the A32X series.
SCH DEP 12:20 SCH ARR 14:10
ACT DEP 12:27 ACT ARR 14:01


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The drive to the airport was interesting, 1st we all had to stop to allow a speeding motorcade to pass, appears it was a member of the Royal Family.

Once we were all allowed to continue, there seemed to be a blow out or some problem with the tyre, upon pulling over the N/S/R tyre had a huge strip peeled away, so the driver had to remove the bags to get out the spare, which IMO was not in much better condition than the one he was removing!

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Anyway, another taxi pulled up which we were planning to take but our driver insisted it would just take 5 minutes, again we had time to spare so no issue, we waved the taxi on.

Next up a highway patrol police motorbike turned up, of ‘here comes Chips as I said to the wife’ – hopefully some of you will know what I am talking about!

So Chips was watching the guy change the tyre whilst also give him advise on the bes way to do it and then tighten the bolts, all quite amusing I must say.

Cutting back to the real story, we pulled up outside the VN check-in area @ 10:00, plenty of time for our 12:20 flight and perhaps a little spotting along the way to the lounge.

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FIDS
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Thai International Airlines staff were operating 8 check-in desks for SGN & HAN flights, 2 of the 8 were business class, one each for the 2 destinations.

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There was another passenger ahead of us in the HAN queue, most of the other desks were free however it took a good few minutes before somebody bothered to usher us to the SGN desk & check us in there, not a particularly friendly bunch either, though I can’t blame VN, they have outsourced this part to TG.

Boarding passes along with lounge access passes were issued, then off to passport control, I will point out passport control was pretty slow.

Airside
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Not great for pictures!
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an hour later were in the lounge down on level 3.

Level 3 looks a bit like an unfinished project, bare concrete surfaces etc, I’m sure it’s finished, just look a bit poor compared to the upper level areas.

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The lounge was pretty small with few other guests, within a matter of minutes we had the whole place to ourselves!

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I had a couple of beers and some snacks, here are a few pictures from the lounge:-
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Apron view were poor here, but I still managed a few new registrations.

Left the lounge and wandered down to the gate, arriving there about 10 to 12.

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Our bird
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On the ramp
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Boarding commenced @ 12:30 though no announcement was made, a ground staff member just held up a laminated card with something along the lines of business class passengers only at this time.

Touched the side of the plane as I always do, no greeting at the door or checking of boarding passes so we just took our seats, calm relaxing jazz music was being played over the aircraft speakers, quite relaxing, reminded me of when BA used to do something similar.

Legroom
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Stowage
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Safety Card
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View outside
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Load in business was low, 4 of 16 taken, seating is in the regional 2-2 config, the seats themselves seemed to keep you very upright but they were very comfortable & the legroom was just fine for these short regional hops.

Once boarding was complete the passengers were welcomed onboard via the aircraft speakers.

Service kicked off, cold towels were offered by a smiling FA along with champagne or juice. Newspapers and magazines were also offered.
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I have to say the FA’s look great in their uniforms.

The front door closed @ 12:25, we pushed back 2 minutes later.

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After a lengthy taxi
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we took off @ 12:40, bound for Vietnam, I was pretty excited about visiting and it seems to have taken ages for the time to finally arrive.
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The seatbelt sign was switched off 4 minutes after takeoff, yes I did say 4 minutes.

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One of the crew then came around offering a choice from 3 hot meals today, I thought that was pretty impressive for such a short flight, I forget the others now, but I took the pork option, in addition we were asked of our choice of red or white wine or beer etc.
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The meal was pretty decent, well presented I thought, choice of breads, frequent drinks refills, tea & coffee offered and all wrapped up with hot towels again at the end of the service.
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Nothing much in the bathroom
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I have to admit I was quite happy here in this VN jet, it all started to come to a close when we started descent.

At this point, empty glasses were removed and the seatbelt sign was illuminated.

Some view during descent.
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Wheels touched down @ 14:01, we have arrived!
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The aircraft taxied to a remote stand and shut down the engines, steps soon arrived and the 4 of in business walked across the tarmac to our private bus to the terminal.
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During taxi & bus ride to the terminal I managed to make 16 new registrations, very pleased with that.

Immigration was easy enough if a little slow, to speed the process up we had obtained visas before we left the UK. You can arrange them when you arrive but who knows how long it might take, so not worth the risk.

By the time we got through immigration the bags started to come off the carousel, the first 2 came out together but the last one took ages, so long that we were worried it might have got lost in the bowels of BKK! However it did arrive, for some reason the business class tag meant nothing for this bag, must have been tossed in with the economy bags.

Happy we had all bags, we exited the terminal, after changing Dollars to VN Dong, these are hard to buy outside the country.

Outside we headed to the taxi rank, but somehow an official looking lady from the airport insisted we share a Toyota minivan as it would save us money, none too keen but I don’t think she was going to take no for an answer.

Below are a few pictures from our short stay in Hanoi, I'll post a few Ha Long Bay pictures in the next installment, which will be with Vietnam Airlines from HAN to HUE & HUE to HMC.

I do hope you have enjoyed the trip so far and will continue to travel with us in the next segments.

If you are not interested in pictures of the destination, skip this bit.

Here are a just a small selection of the several thousand we took whilst away, more than I normally post but hopefully these will give you a feel for Hanoi.

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:21 pm

Hey, Mark,

the eagerly awaited trip to Vietnam story continues, very well done.

Good to read something about Vietnam Airlines, not that often seen here.

Adequate text and really nice pictures. Dont stop that country impressions, please,
I love to follow that "real life" pix.

Well, the taxi adventures, you know, I´ve done also some hard drives the last time.

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:26 pm

Nice report and pictures so far  

Looking forward to part 3-5   Vietnam is on my to do list so nice to get some input.

By the way, what hotel did you stay in in Bangkok??

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:55 pm

Hi Mark,

Nice follow up of the first part. An interesting ride to the airport you had got there. You have made a right decision to go to the airport earlier taking into account that a delay which might occur and indeed occured! You look pretty relaxed on the photo by the way.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty small with few other guests, within a matter of minutes we had the whole place to ourselves!

Wasn't that romantic for both of you and MrsBA319-131?  

Your Vietnam pics are fantastic. I notice that many people were wearing thick jackets. Was it that cold over there? My partner and I were eyeing Vietnam as a holiday destination this year, but dropped the plan at the end in favour of Indonesia.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 2):
By the way, what hotel did you stay in in Bangkok??

I just wanted to ask the same question.

Truly enjoyable report and looking forward to the third part. Thanks for sharing.

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:01 pm

Hi Mark, good to see you again. On a picture though, is it your first time here?

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Not great for pictures!

Hmm,... looks GVA copied from BKK, since they applied similar dots on their new windows as I noticed lately. Not good for spotting at all!

Good to see the Mahan Air in BKK. I think this is their main destination out or Iran?

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal was pretty decent, well presented I thought,

Nice meal. Presentation is very good, and also the quantity.

btw, good pics from Vietnam also, as well that 'Made in Holland' Fokker 70. And I guess that shabby Il-18 in the corner was also a new one logged for you?  http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/BA319131/VIETNAM/P1010521.jpg

Is this part of the new highspeed train from Vietnam to China?  

Looking forward for the next update,

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:39 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Happy we had all bags, we exited the terminal, after changing Dollars to VN Dong, these are hard to buy outside the country.

Not to mention the currency is not accepted for exchange, I think. Maybe I am wrong... I made the mistake of leaving the country with a pocket full of dongs. Guess what? I still have it! About USD10.00 worth of it. No money changer would accept it, well at least those I approached wouldn't. I left SGN on Tiger and they would not accept the dongs for BOB payment, but they strangely accepted Thai Baht which I found in the recesses of my wallet.

I love HANOI!!!! I see you visited during what was perhaps the best time weather wise to be walking about on the streets. The people are friendly, nostalgia wafts through the old streets and I could honestly spend the entire day just wondering about Old Quarters, poking my head into little shops and squatting by the roadside slurping pho for less than a dollar.
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:58 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Touched the side of the plane as I always do,

That just might be something I might start doing myself soon  
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
no greeting at the door or checking of boarding passes so we just took our seats

Perhaps they were not yet ready for boarding, and the ground staff started to let staff get on. If not, it's quite unheard of really.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal was pretty decent, well presented I thought

That meal looks amazing! Very well presented.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I have to say the FA’s look great in their uniforms.

Am I the only one on here who happens to photograph smart looking FAs?    Would have been nice if you had asked if you could have taken a pic

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Nothing much in the bathroom

Again for Business Class that is quite poor. (Not that I fly Business, but pics here on airliners.net indicate that supplies here are plentiful in J class   
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:29 am

Great photos and report on the next segment on your trip!! I would love to visit Vietnam at some time; thank you for including some pictures during your stay. Vietnam Airlines also looks very nice!

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:48 am

Hi Mark, nice continuing series. Love the pictures too. I was tickled by your short Bangkok hotel-to-airport episode - it does seem like the quintessential modern Thailand experience! All you're short of is a pro-Thaksin demonstration or a mini coup  

VN looked like a pretty decent carrier. Hanoi does look like a very nice city with lots of character, but some residents seemed to be in some heavy coats - was it particularly cold?
 
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:02 am

Hi there,

Based on the pics, I must say you and your wife really enjoy Hanoi. Looking forward to seeing your continuing report on my country  

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:02 am

I was in Hanoi just about a week after you. It looks like you enjoyed it as much as we did!
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:42 am

Excellent TR as usual Mark. Also glad to see what you look for the first time  

In the Duty Free pic were the people in the maroon suits QR staff, just wondering? Was it a one hour flight?

Yallla 3 more TR to go, cant wait!

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:48 am

Hi ba319-131,

Reading your report brings back good memories about me and my wife’s trip to Vietnam in 2007. The country was really inviting with friendly people, fantastic scenery and good food.
On top of that their home carrier Vietnam Airlines has come a long way and we had some good experiences flying them domestic (NHA-DAD on ATR72 & DAD-HAN on A321) as well as international (HAN-HKG on A321).

Thanks for posting!
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:52 am

Hi Mark,

Nice continuation of your Viet Nam Trippie, love your writing style as well as the pictures...

Please, do note, the IATA code for Ho Chi Minh city is SGN and not HCM  

Catering in J on this VN flight looks quite good; it seems they catered this at BKK (judging by the red peppers)...

I did not visit HAN as yet, but should plan this asap before they scrap the IL18 and TU134 !!!

There seems to be more 'slogans' in HAN than SGN: which city did you prefer ?
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:14 am

Hi All,thanks for your reads and comments, a few replies below:-

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Hey, Mark,

the eagerly awaited trip to Vietnam story continues, very well done

- Thanks Markus  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Good to read something about Vietnam Airlines, not that often seen here.

- Indeed, a bit of the beaten track for mpost of us.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Dont stop that country impressions, please,
I love to follow that "real life" pix.

- No problem, more pictures in the next segment.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
Well, the taxi adventures, you know, I´ve done also some hard drives the last time.

- This was nothing to the driving in Vietnam, worse than the Italians!

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 2):
Nice report and pictures so far

- Thanks, glad you are enjoying.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 2):
By the way, what hotel did you stay in in Bangkok??

- We stayed at a place called the Shanghai Mansions, its right in Chinatown.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
You have made a right decision to go to the airport earlier taking into account that a delay which might occur and indeed occured!

- I always like to be early, mainly for spotting reasons.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
You look pretty relaxed on the photo by the way.

- Ha, thanks, plenty of time so nothing to stress about  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty small with few other guests, within a matter of minutes we had the whole place to ourselves!

Wasn't that romantic for both of you and MrsBA319-131?

- Ha, not really that kind of place  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Your Vietnam pics are fantastic. I notice that many people were wearing thick jackets. Was it that cold over there?

- At this time of year Hanoi is quite cold, though warmer than say the UK, as you go south it gets much warmer, in Mu Nue (our last stop) it was in the mid 90's.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
My partner and I were eyeing Vietnam as a holiday destination this year, but dropped the plan at the end in favour of Indonesia.

- Shame, perhaps next year? - I plan to come back and see more along with Cambodia.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Hi Mark, good to see you again. On a picture though, is it your first time here?

- Hi Eric, yep, thought it was about time I re-appeared & yes, foirst time here, won't be the last.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Good to see the Mahan Air in BKK. I think this is their main destination out or Iran?

- Sorry, not sure, but I assume so, seen a few pictures of their planes here.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Nice meal. Presentation is very good, and also the quantity.

- Yes, in particular the quantity, very filling.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
I guess that shabby Il-18 in the corner was also a new one logged for you?

- If only I could have red the reg!  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Is this part of the new highspeed train from Vietnam to China?

- You know one day it might be, though lots of people would have to move.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 5):
I made the mistake of leaving the country with a pocket full of dongs. Guess what? I still have it! About USD10.00 worth of it. No money changer would accept it,

- Me too, got stacks of the stuff!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 5):
I love HANOI!!!! I see you visited during what was perhaps the best time weather wise to be walking about on the streets. The people are friendly, nostalgia wafts through the old streets and I could honestly spend the entire day just wondering about Old Quarters, poking my head into little shops and squatting by the roadside slurping pho for less than a dollar.

- You've got it, fab place!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I have to say the FA’s look great in their uniforms.

Am I the only one on here who happens to photograph smart looking FAs? Would have been nice if you had asked if you could have taken a pic

- You just might be! I've never though of asking for a pic with the crew.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Great photos and report on the next segment on your trip!! I would love to visit Vietnam at some time; thank you for including some pictures during your stay. Vietnam Airlines also looks very nice!

- Two words, go there!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Hi Mark, nice continuing series. Love the pictures too. I was tickled by your short Bangkok hotel-to-airport episode - it does seem like the quintessential modern Thailand experience! All you're short of is a pro-Thaksin demonstration or a mini coup

- Thanks Airpearl - glad we missed the coup, the wife would not have been amused!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 8):
Hanoi does look like a very nice city with lots of character, but some residents seemed to be in some heavy coats - was it particularly cold?

- Yes, stacks of character & a bit chilly at this time of year.

Quoting vietsky (Reply 9):
Hi there,

Based on the pics, I must say you and your wife really enjoy Hanoi. Looking forward to seeing your continuing report on my country

- Thanks, lovely country by the way, really love it there.

Quoting premobrimo (Reply 10):
I was in Hanoi just about a week after you. It looks like you enjoyed it as much as we did!

- We sure did  
Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 11):
Excellent TR as usual Mark. Also glad to see what you look for the first time

- Thanks, though I have appeared twice before, the last time being the EK 1st A380 flight to JFK.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 11):
In the Duty Free pic were the people in the maroon suits QR staff, just wondering?

- I think they were, though they were quite early for the flight, this was about 11am ish, the next QR flight leaves at 20:30 or something like that.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 11):
Was it a one hour flight?

- Just over, quite happily sat there for longer.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 12):
Reading your report brings back good memories about me and my wife’s trip to Vietnam in 2007. The country was really inviting with friendly people, fantastic scenery and good food.

- Glad it brings back good memories, thats one of the nice things about TR's, sometimes they do that.

Cheers

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Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
mainly for spotting reasons.

Sure. What else!  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
it was in the mid 90's.

That sounds heaven to me!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
perhaps next year?

I'm afraid not. Probably we're going down under next year.

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Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:18 pm

Hola Mark!

I was awaiting this second part, and it has been a worth wait, excellent, as usual. Bravo!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Check out of our hotel was interesting, it appears the maid checks your room when you leave to ensure you have not ‘taken’ anything,

Tha sounds very much student like behavior..were you naughty? heheheheh.....  
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
One of the crew then came around offering a choice from 3 hot meals today,

That food lokks superb and having three choices in a less than two hour flight... ecellent service then. I wish European airlines this report.  
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Here are a just a small selection of the several thousand we took whilst away,

Glad you add some of them, makes the report look much more interesting, especially for those of us who have never been to Vietnam.

Salut!

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Thank you for posting the "destination pictures." This is what makes these reports interesting to me. Vietnam is a country I would love to visit one day.
 
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Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:57 pm

Thanks for all the reads and more comments/replies, always nice to know your report is being read  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 15):
Probably we're going down under next year.

- Nice, that should be good fun too.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 16):
I was awaiting this second part, and it has been a worth wait, excellent, as usual. Bravo!

- Thanks Roger  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 16):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Check out of our hotel was interesting, it appears the maid checks your room when you leave to ensure you have not ‘taken’ anything,

Tha sounds very much student like behavior..were you naughty? heheheheh.....

- Ha, no, good job!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 16):
That food lokks superb and having three choices in a less than two hour flight... ecellent service then

- I know, very impressive!

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 16):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Here are a just a small selection of the several thousand we took whilst away,

Glad you add some of them, makes the report look much more interesting, especially for those of us who have never been to Vietnam.

- Thanks Roger, will have more in the next TR.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 17):
Thank you for posting the "destination pictures." This is what makes these reports interesting to me. Vietnam is a country I would love to visit one day.

- Well worth a visit if you get the chance.

Regards

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Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:33 pm

Hi Mark. Great report and some nice pics as well. Good to see some shots of Hanoi as well. Hope you had a nice vacation. Looking forward to the next instalment !

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Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:43 am

Hi Mark,

very enjoyable second part with great shots! Reports about Vietnam and VN can't be found very often.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):

Anyway, another taxi pulled up which we were planning to take but our driver insisted it would just take 5 minutes, again we had time to spare so no issue, we waved the taxi on.

Next up a highway patrol police motorbike turned up, of ‘here comes Chips as I said to the wife’ – hopefully some of you will know what I am talking about!

So Chips was watching the guy change the tyre whilst also give him advise on the bes way to do it and then tighten the bolts, all quite amusing I must say.

Wow, what a "nice" start...

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal was pretty decent, well presented I thought, choice of breads, frequent drinks refills, tea & coffee offered and all wrapped up with hot towels again at the end of the service.

Looks very good!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):

During taxi & bus ride to the terminal I managed to make 16 new registrations, very pleased with that.

Excellent. Mostly VN, I guess?


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Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:56 am

Hey Mark very good 2nd part. I love the pics of Vietnam. I have seen things that I didnt know were there.

Seats and food pretty decent .

Maybe I missed it but why do you always touch the outside of the A/C?

Look forward to the next part.

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Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:53 am

Hi Mark,

Read this already a while ago but was too lazy to comment (sorry!), so here goes.

Very interesting read on the second segment of your Asian trip. Not too many VN reports out here. Hanoi looks nice as well, nice mix of old French colonial charm, traditional Vietnamese stuff and the few obligatory commie slogans and billboards.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal was pretty decent, well presented I thought, choice of breads, frequent drinks refills, tea & coffee offered and all wrapped up with hot towels again at the end of the service.

Very good for a one and half hours flight. I like the fact that they have the sachet of chili sauce on the tray to spice it up. How much was the biz fare?
 
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Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:17 am

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 19):
Hi Mark. Great report and some nice pics as well

- Thanks Palmjet

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 19):
Good to see some shots of Hanoi as well

- Thanks, thought I'd put a few in as it's a quite rare city in many ways.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
very enjoyable second part with great shots! Reports about Vietnam and VN can't be found very often

- Thanks PH  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):

During taxi & bus ride to the terminal I managed to make 16 new registrations, very pleased with that.

Excellent. Mostly VN, I guess?

- Yes, 15 VN & 1 Jetstar Asia

Quoting oa260 (Reply 21):
Hey Mark very good 2nd part

- Thanks Philip.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 21):
I love the pics of Vietnam. I have seen things that I didnt know were there.

- Glad you liked them, I think Vietnam is a country you would really enjoy visiting.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 21):
Maybe I missed it but why do you always touch the outside of the A/C?

- Not sure, I've always done it, guess I like to 'feel' the bird  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
Hi Mark,

Read this already a while ago but was too lazy to comment (sorry!), so here goes.

- No problem P, do this myself at times.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
Hanoi looks nice as well, nice mix of old French colonial charm, traditional Vietnamese stuff and the few obligatory commie slogans and billboards.

- Yes, the French infuluence is huge in this city, the further south you go the leff the influence.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 22):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The meal was pretty decent, well presented I thought, choice of breads, frequent drinks refills, tea & coffee offered and all wrapped up with hot towels again at the end of the service.

Very good for a one and half hours flight. I like the fact that they have the sachet of chili sauce on the tray to spice it up. How much was the biz fare?

- Not bad at all, and cost, think it was about £300 rtn.

Regards

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Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 23):
guess I like to 'feel' the bird

      Fair enough lol...
 
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Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:48 am

Hi Mark!

Another good TR! and most of all thanks for the pictures of Vietnam.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The drive to the airport was interesting, 1st we all had to stop to allow a speeding motorcade to pass, appears it was a member of the Royal Family.

Once we were all allowed to continue, there seemed to be a blow out or some problem with the tyre, upon pulling over the N/S/R tyre had a huge strip peeled away, so the driver had to remove the bags to get out the spare, which IMO was not in much better condition than the one he was removing!

Not a good start!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Not great for pictures!

That really pissed me off at BKK as well.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
One of the crew then came around offering a choice from 3 hot meals today, I thought that was pretty impressive for such a short flight,

Impressive. In fact VN aircrafts are one of the few airliners which grabs my attention because of its livery.

As an aside, did you visit SGN? The reason I ask is QR flies to SGN and they do interline with VN for domestic flights.
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Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:12 am

Great report with very nice pictures!

VN looks very good and I had a similiar experience flying SGN-HAN a few years back. I also like their flight attendants' uniform in red; very distinct!

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Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:59 am

Quoting ojas (Reply 25):
Another good TR! and most of all thanks for the pictures of Vietnam.

- Thanks Ojas.

Quoting ojas (Reply 25):
In fact VN aircrafts are one of the few airliners which grabs my attention because of its livery

- Very true, it really stands out, like it.

Quoting ojas (Reply 25):
As an aside, did you visit SGN?

- Yes, that appears in the next segment.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
Great report with very nice pictures!

- Thanks Lars.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 26):
I also like their flight attendants' uniform in red; very distinct!

- It's quite classy whilst reflecting a national dress, I like them.

Regards

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Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:03 am

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 27):
Yes, that appears in the next segment.

So was there an option wherein you could fly directly to SGN in one direction? ( DOH - SGN flights are A330s)
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Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:04 am

Quoting ojas (Reply 28):
So was there an option wherein you could fly directly to SGN in one direction? ( DOH - SGN flights are A330s)

- I guess we could have, never really looked at the option,quite happy taking another plane to get home, why fly less when you can fly more?  
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Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:08 am

Hi Mark,

Another great TR with great photos! Thanks for sharing.

One unique story of the taxi and the tyre!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty small with few other guests, within a matter of minutes we had the whole place to ourselves!

Looks just as good, if not better than the CX one in LHR..

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The seatbelt sign was switched off 4 minutes after takeoff, yes I did say 4 minutes.

It usually happens within 4 minutes upon departure of AKL too.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
One of the crew then came around offering a choice from 3 hot meals today

Wow, not bad - and the meal doesn't look that bad either!


The interior looks quite old though - definitely look older than my J seats which were made circa. 1996.

Really nice photos from HAN, wouldn't mind visiting it sometime.

Looking forward to the next part!


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Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:25 pm

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Another great TR with great photos! Thanks for sharing

- Glad you enjoyed it Nicholas, thanks for reading.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
One unique story of the taxi and the tyre!

- Yes, not had something like that happen before, adds credibility to my desire to leave early for the airport, you never know what is going to happen!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge was pretty small with few other guests, within a matter of minutes we had the whole place to ourselves!

Looks just as good, if not better than the CX one in LHR..

- You know, in some respects it was.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The seatbelt sign was switched off 4 minutes after takeoff, yes I did say 4 minutes.

It usually happens within 4 minutes upon departure of AKL too.

- Don't fly on a US carrier, they usually wait untill cruising altitude!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
The interior looks quite old though - definitely look older than my J seats which were made circa. 1996.

- It's actually much newer, this is the style of seat the chose for the 321 fleet, it's actually not a bad seat.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Really nice photos from HAN, wouldn't mind visiting it sometime.

- When you get the chance I sure recommend it.

Next part up soon, if I find the time!

Cheers

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Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:05 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 29):
why fly less when you can fly more?

I like this slogan.  
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Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:38 pm

Excellent follow-up Mark! ..

You definitely picked the right choice of traveling with VN! I would have chosen that option in a heartbeat! .. And i think this is the first TR i read about them, and my first insight into what they are all about. Not bad at all i must say!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Check out of our hotel was interesting, it appears the maid checks your room when you leave to ensure you have not ‘taken’ anything, seems there were some items missing, a spoon and some magnetic thing you stick on the door when you don’t want to be disturbed.

They insisted we told them were some missing items were, however I’ve no idea where these items were, never even saw them! In the end I had to sign a form saying we had not seen them or taken them but would not be charged for them, quite bizarre, never had this issue before! That aside I’d stay there again.

I have a thing for taking the in-room laundry bag to put my dirty clothes in and use for the rest of my trip .. theyre usually free to take!

So in BKK i did the same, and as i was leaving my hotel room to check out, the cleaning lady was already in the room. By the time i arrived at the hotel reception at the lobby, the staff informed me that the in-room laundry bag was missing and if i wanted, i could buy it for 200 baht!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Once we were all allowed to continue, there seemed to be a blow out or some problem with the tyre, upon pulling over the N/S/R tyre had a huge strip peeled away, so the driver had to remove the bags to get out the spare, which IMO was not in much better condition than the one he was removing!

LOL! Too funny! .. I love Thailand!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I have to say the FA’s look great in their uniforms.

Do they look like that VN cabin crew banner at the entrance to the lounge?


Thanks a lot for sharing!

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Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:08 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Yes, not had something like that happen before, adds credibility to my desire to leave early for the airport, you never know what is going to happen!

Yes, exactly. But we all know that you're wanting to log more regos too..  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
You know, in some respects it was.

That is, well, good on the part of VN but extremely disappointing from CX's perspective. I guess visiting a lounge when you arrive in HKG sounds like a better option!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
It's actually much newer, this is the style of seat the chose for the 321 fleet, it's actually not a bad seat.

Oh, ok. Maybe I'm just used to the fact that the better airlines in the world chose a newer looking seat! How is reclining with no footrest?
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Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:52 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 32):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 29):
why fly less when you can fly more?

I like this slogan

- Me too, so much, I've put a patent on it!  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
Excellent follow-up Mark!

- Thanks Roni.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
You definitely picked the right choice of traveling with VN! I would have chosen that option in a heartbeat! .. And i think this is the first TR i read about them, and my first insight into what they are all about. Not bad at all i must say!

- Agreed, I could have done TG or SQ and got *Alliance mileage but I really wanted to try VN and I'm really glad I did.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
I have a thing for taking the in-room laundry bag to put my dirty clothes in and use for the rest of my trip .. theyre usually free to take!

So in BKK i did the same, and as i was leaving my hotel room to check out, the cleaning lady was already in the room. By the time i arrived at the hotel reception at the lobby, the staff informed me that the in-room laundry bag was missing and if i wanted, i could buy it for 200 baht!

- I usually take those too, looks like they check everything in BKK hotels!! - did you buy it or give it back?  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 33):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I have to say the FA’s look great in their uniforms.

Do they look like that VN cabin crew banner at the entrance to the lounge?

- Well spotted, yes, just like that.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 34):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
Yes, not had something like that happen before, adds credibility to my desire to leave early for the airport, you never know what is going to happen!

Yes, exactly. But we all know that you're wanting to log more regos too..

- Yes, don't tell the wife, heck, she knows anyway!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 34):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
You know, in some respects it was.

That is, well, good on the part of VN but extremely disappointing from CX's perspective. I guess visiting a lounge when you arrive in HKG sounds like a better option!

- Yes, CX on home ground is the place to be.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 34):
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
It's actually much newer, this is the style of seat the chose for the 321 fleet, it's actually not a bad seat.

Oh, ok. Maybe I'm just used to the fact that the better airlines in the world chose a newer looking seat! How is reclining with no footrest?

- You know, the flight was only just over an hour so I never really got round to reclining, it's quite a comfy place for a short regional flight, trust me, it's better than it looks.

Regards

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:35 pm

Nice report Mark.. I too thoroughly enjoyed Vietnam.. Altho I preferred SGN to HAN I think but my trip to Halong Bay was the hightlight.. Keep up the great work with the reports.. I never seem to find the time to write them..

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:45 pm

Quoting Ndebelebev (Reply 36):
Nice report Mark.. I too thoroughly enjoyed Vietnam.. Altho I preferred SGN to HAN I think but my trip to Halong Bay was the hightlight.. Keep up the great work with the reports.. I never seem to find the time to write them..

- Hi Bev, thanks for dropping a note. Good to hear you've already been, Ha Long too was my highlight, some pix in the next TR, but of the cities, Hanoi had something special that SGN seemed to be missing.

I know what you mean about wrighting these up, i've so many i've not done, just no time and before you know it, it's just too far in the past to seem worth while.

Cheers

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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:12 pm

Hi Mark,

Nice to follow the second part of your report - great pictures as always. The meal on Vietnam Airlines looks very good indeed - not too bad for such a short flight, even in C-Class.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Check out of our hotel was interesting, it appears the maid checks your room when you leave to ensure you have not ‘taken’ anything, seems there were some items missing, a spoon and some magnetic thing you stick on the door when you don’t want to be disturbed.

They insisted we told them were some missing items were, however I’ve no idea where these items were, never even saw them! In the end I had to sign a form saying we had not seen them or taken them but would not be charged for them, quite bizarre, never had this issue before! That aside I’d stay there again.

Really bizarre!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Not great for pictures!

That's really awful!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
If you are not interested in pictures of the destination, skip this bit.

Here are a just a small selection of the several thousand we took whilst away, more than I normally post but hopefully these will give you a feel for Hanoi.

I always appreciate if people add a few pictures of the destination as well - it gives you an impression of how places you have never visited look like. So thanks a lot for these photos!  

Regards
Christoph
 
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:35 am

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 38):
Nice to follow the second part of your report - great pictures as always

- Thanks Christoph, glad you enjoyed part II.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 38):
The meal on Vietnam Airlines looks very good indeed - not too bad for such a short flight, even in C-Class.

-Yes, quite impressive really, would be interesting to see how the catering is on a longhaul flight.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 38):
I always appreciate if people add a few pictures of the destination as well - it gives you an impression of how places you have never visited look like. So thanks a lot for these photos!

- Thanks, I don't normally show many destination shots, but thought it appropriate to add a few more for Vietnam, to most it's stoll largely undiscovered.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:33 am

Hello yet again,

Thanks for this part, brings back good memories I had of my week in Hanoi in 2008. If I could have complained only of one thing, it was the noise level, constant honking and buzzing of scooters.

Did you visit any of the local markets ? We visited one (that market's name was some date, December something), anyway, we were intrigued by the roast dog.

We obtained our visas on arrival, it was painless, took all of 5 minutes, communist bureaucracy at its best !

Vietnam Airlines' business class meal is indeed impressive for such a short hop. No comparison to Euro carriers ... except maybe Swiss ?

Thanks again !

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Immigration was easy enough if a little slow, to speed the process up we had obtained visas before we left the UK. You can arrange them when you arrive but who knows how long it might take, so not worth the risk.
Bonjour Chef!
 
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RE: Asia 2010 Part II - Vietnam Airlines

Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:58 pm

Quoting flpuck6 (Reply 40):
Thanks for this part, brings back good memories I had of my week in Hanoi in 2008

- Excellent, glad of that, something I like when reading reports about places I've been in the past.

Quoting flpuck6 (Reply 40):
If I could have complained only of one thing, it was the noise level, constant honking and buzzing of scooters.

- Yes I'd agree, the noise was incredible, just relentless!

Quoting flpuck6 (Reply 40):
Did you visit any of the local markets ? We visited one (that market's name was some date, December something), anyway, we were intrigued by the roast dog.

- Visited more than I've been to my whole life, never tried the dog though!

Quoting flpuck6 (Reply 40):
We obtained our visas on arrival, it was painless, took all of 5 minutes, communist bureaucracy at its best !

- Intersting to know, was a little concerned it might take a while.

Quoting flpuck6 (Reply 40):
Vietnam Airlines' business class meal is indeed impressive for such a short hop. No comparison to Euro carriers ... except maybe Swiss

- No, even Swiss on a flight of this length is not as good.

Regards

Mark
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