This just happened… Got a press release that low-cost (budget) Vietnamese airline Vietjet Air (which flies direct to Ho Chi Minh from Singapore) has signed an agreement with Vladivostok International Airport in Eastern Russia. How nice for the Russians, who flock to the country for its glorious beaches and warm lakes (such as Hanoi), and even a bit of Asian flavour, hustle and bustle (such as Ho Chi Minh City).
How nice for you and me – Vietnam and Russia have always been places on my to-see, to-do and to-experience list, so this makes my bucketlist slightly more accessible AND low-cost in the near future. Vladivostok is a city near Russia’s borders with China and North Korea, and is the gateway – and a train ride – into other parts of Russia, such as Moscow. I really want to do this.
Let’s grab a cup of Vietnamese drip coffee for the Trans-Siberian Railway ride, shall we?
Take the train from Vladivostok to Moscow – the line is known as the route of the tsars. Most travelers use the train as overnight accommodation from one destination to the next. The train features first, second and third-class sleepers, some with private bathrooms and showers.
“Located in Karelia, a region in Northwestern Russia that borders Finland and the White Sea, Kizhi Island is best known for its incredible open-air museum. Karelians have lived in the region since the 13th century, torn between the cultures of the East and the West. The museum’s collection features the 120-foot high Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior, a structure made famous by its 22 domes. Other tourist attractions includes dozens of wooden houses, windmills, chapels and barns. The peasant culture is represented with craft demonstrations and folk ensembles.”
The Kremlin is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Moscow. Home to the nation’s top governmental offices, the walled enclosure also houses four cathedrals built in the 15th and 16th century as well as several notable museums. The 250-acre grounds include the Armoury, filled with royal treasures of the past, and the Diamond Fund Exhibition, a collection of jewellery that includes a 190-carat diamond given to Catherine the Great.
Above pictures and descriptions taken from this link.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Da Lat, a hour flight/4 hour express bus/7 hour standard bus from Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Hoi An beaches, Vietnam
In addition to planning new routes linking Vladivostok to popular destinations within Vietnam, VietJet is also looking to expand its network within the ASEAN region. The airline is currently in position to offer travellers from Russia, connecting flights to Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand) and Seoul (South Korea). It will soon add Siem Reap (Cambodia) to its list of international routes within the region.
VietJet Air currently flies direct from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh only. Not sure when the flights from Russia’s Vladivostok and Vietnam will start operating, but I’ll update here if I do!