Flight to Vietnam from Malaysia

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Dustin Kemp

Last Updated: March 13, 2024

Malaysia, with its central location in Southeast Asia, offers several convenient and frequent flight options to Vietnam. This guide will help you navigate through the airline choices and what to expect during your journey.

Choosing Your Airline

Flights from Malaysia to Vietnam are served by a mix of Malaysia-based airlines and other international carriers, providing diverse routes and experiences. Here’s an overview of Malaysia-based airlines that operate services to Vietnam, evaluated for their service quality and pricing:

Malaysia Airlines

Service: ***
Price: $$$
Notable Features: Wide network, excellent in-flight service, member of Oneworld alliance

Air Asia

Service: **
Price: $
Notable Features: Affordable fares, extensive Southeast Asian network, flexible ticket options

Malindo Air

Service: **
Price: $$
Notable Features: Comfortable seating, included baggage allowance, in-flight entertainment.

Additionally, Vietnam Airlines, the national carrier of Vietnam, frequently operates flights between Malaysia and various destinations within Vietnam, offering direct routes and Vietnamese hospitality.

Flight Aggregators

To find the best flight deals from Malaysia to Vietnam, utilizing flight aggregators can be highly beneficial. These platforms compare prices across multiple airlines, helping you secure the most economical options. Popular aggregators for flights from Malaysia include:

Malaysia to Vietnam Flight Time and Distance

The flight time and distance from Malaysia to Vietnam vary depending on the departure and arrival cities. Generally, flights can range from about 1.5 to 3 hours. Here’s an indicative overview for direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City (the nearest Vietnamese International Airport) from various major Malaysian cities:

Malaysian CityDirect Flight Time to Ho Chi Minh CityFlight Time with 1 Layover to Ho Chi Minh CityDistance to Ho Chi Minh City (Approx. km)
Kuala Lumpur2h N/A (Direct available)1,040
KuchingN/A 4h30m – 6h+1,160
Kota Kinabalu N/A4h – 5h30m+1,540
Flight to Vietnam from Malaysia
Malaysia Airplanes prepares to take off. Photo by Isaac Truna

Additional Resources

Before finalizing your travel plans, familiarize yourself with some of these pre-flight materials:

Vietnam Visa Guide for ASEAN Citizens

Destination Guides to Vietnam

Flight times from Malaysia to Vietnam vary accordingly from 1.5 to over 3 hours depending on departure and destination cities. Flight distances range from approximately 810 km to Phu Quoc in the south to about 2,090 km to Hanoi in the north. 

Promotional fares on budget airlines like AirAsia can start from as low as MYR 200 for a round trip, while tickets on full-service carriers like Malaysia Airlines often cost 2 or 3 times that. Prices fluctuate based on booking time and season.

Major Vietnamese airports like Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City), Da Nang, and Noi Bai (Hanoi) offer direct flights from Malaysia.

The off-peak season, typically from June to August, offers the best deals on flights from Malaysia to Vietnam, with July often being the cheapest month to travel.

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Dustin Kemp
Content Writer - Vietnam Is Awesome
Dustin moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2014 and quickly fell in love with the culture and people of Vietnam. He brings his passion to his writing and planning as the Content Manager at Vietnam Is Awesome.