Flight to Vietnam from South Korea

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Dustin Kemp
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Last Updated: March 13, 2024

Did you know that South Korean tourists account for more of Vietnam’s tourism numbers than any other nationality? Because of that fact, flights from South Korea to Vietnam are frequent and plentiful. In other words, it’s easy to find a good flight to Vietnam. This guide will help you understand the steps and options for your journey.

Choosing Your Airline

Flights from South Korea to Vietnam are serviced by several major airlines, offering a range of routes and experiences. Below is an overview focusing on Korea-based airlines that operate flights to Vietnam, evaluated for their service and pricing:

Korean Air

Service: ***
Price: $$$
Notable Features: High-quality service, extensive in-flight entertainment, robust frequent flyer program

Asiana Airlines

Service: ***
Price: $$$
Notable Features: Excellent service, comfortable seating, good in-flight meals

Jeju Air

Service: **
Price: $$
Notable Features: Budget-friendly, good coverage of regional destinations

Korean carriers are known for their high standards of service, offering various direct flights and convenient schedules to major cities in Vietnam.

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Korean Air prepare to take off. Photo by Kevin LEE

Flight Aggregators

Those looking for the very cheapest tickets to Vietnam may be interested in flight aggregators. These websites compare fares across multiple airlines to find the best deals. Popular platforms in Korea include:

South Korea to Vietnam Flight Time and Distance

The flight time from South Korea to Vietnam typically ranges from 5 to 6 hours for direct flights, depending on your departure and arrival cities. The table below details the distance in both hours and kilometers when flying to Hanoi (the capital city of Vietnam) from various major Korean cities. “N/A” indicates that flights from that city with the amount of layovers shown in the column are not available.

South Korean CityDirect Flight Time to HanoiFlight Time with 1 Layover to HanoiDistance to Hanoi (Approx. km)
Seoul4h 30mN/A2,700
Jeju N/A6h – 8h+3,100
Busan N/A5h – 7h+2,800
DaeguN/A5h30m – 7h30m+2,750

Common Layovers During the Flight to Vietnam from South Korea

Almost all flights from Korea to Vietnam that do not depart from Seoul include at least one layover at a foreign airport. Luckily, most of the hub airports the flights stop at are among the best in the world. Some of the more common ones used as a go-between for Korea-Vietnam flights, as well as several notable features of each, are listed in this table.

Layover AirportNotable FeaturesFree Sleeping Area
Incheon International Airport (ICN), South KoreaMultiple cultural experiences, free showers, observation decks, cultural performances, extensive dining and shoppingYes, rest zones and relaxation areas
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), Hong KongIMAX theater, aviation discovery center, extensive dining options, shoppingLimited, some rest areas available
Changi Airport (SIN), SingaporeButterfly garden, free cinema, Swimming pool, multiple gardens, free city tours, extensive shopping and diningYes, several rest zones and lounge chairs
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), MalaysiaJungle boardwalk, free showers, relaxation zones, shopping and dining optionsYes, in certain areas
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), ChinaCultural exhibitions, free WiFi, shopping and dining optionsLimited, some seating areas may be used for rest
Flight to Vietnam from Korea
Incheon International Airport. Photo by Lei Jiang

Additional Resources

Before finalizing your travel arrangements, consider perusing a few of our pre-flight materials:

Vietnam Visa Guide for Koreans

Destination Guides to Vietnam

Direct flights from Seoul to major Vietnamese cities usually take about 5 to 6 hours.

Ticket prices can vary significantly based on the season, how far in advance you book, and the airline. Promotional fares can start from as low as KRW 200,000 for a round trip on budget airlines, with full-service carriers generally 1.5 to 3 times as much.

Direct flights from South Korea commonly land in Vietnam’s major airports, including Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), and Da Nang International Airport (Da Nang).

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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.