Monday, May 27, 2013

An easy 90-minute flight to Danang from Hong Kong on Dragonair, thrice a week



I've just spent the last week in Danang, living a pretty wonderful Travelife at one of Vietnam's best resorts.

It was so enjoyable, in fact, that I decided to spontaneously chuck a couple of things off my schedule and extend my stay in Vietnam. I just need to make sure I'm back in time for someone's art exhibit opening, and for a dinner that's actually taking place in my home for about 12 people.

That's a whole story in itself, but I'll save it for a later blog entry.




OFF THE RADAR UNTIL NOW

To tell you the truth, Danang had never been on my destinations list.

Until now, it was too off-the-radar for me, because getting there was impossible on a direct international flight.

But just last month, Dragonair finally opened a direct route to Danang from Hong Kong that flies thrice a week.




READY, SET, GO.

This was my green light to go to Danang, finally.

I could take the regular Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, which is a breeze with the flat beds and great entertainment on business class, and then hop on the Dragonair flight to Danang.

It was my first flight on Dragonair, which is the sister airline of Cathay Pacific that flies the shorter and secondary routes.

It also sells seats at a lower price point to compete with other regional budget airlines so it's basically a no-frills flight compared to CX.


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Read more about Danang
and one of Asia's best destination spas
in the June-July issue of Travelife Magazine.
On sale everywhere from June 15.



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IT'S ALL ECONOMY TO DANANG.
BUT IT'S AN EFFORTLESS 90 MINUTES.

I've heard that Dragonair has business class seats on some flights.

But on this 90-minute Hong Kong-Danang route, there was only economy class. So we took the front row seats and mentally prepared ourselves for a ride on a budget airline.

I honestly didn't know what to expect as I haven't really flown many budget airlines.

GOOD FOOD ON THE PLANE

CX's business class section to Hong Kong last week.
From Hong Kong, we took the no-frills 90-minute Dragonair flight to Danang.
Painless and pleasant.

But we'd flown business class to Hong Kong and technically, our tickets were still on business class with Dragonair even if our particular flight was an all-economy one.

So at the Cathay Pacific lounge in Hong Kong, while waiting for our Danang flight, I'd actually said to my companions: "We'd better eat here, because there's probably not going to be any food on the Danang flight."

It was 90 minutes on a budget airline, after all. So I had my favorite dandan noodles at the CX lounge, and I'd even taken a chocolate bar for good measure.



SURPRISE, SURPRISE.

What a surprise then that the Dragonair flight was very nice.

The food on this all-economy class flight was good and we had a proper meal tray with three courses. This is certainly more than what I can expect on many airlines flying 90 minutes, in economy.

Dragonair flies directly to Danang from Hong Kong
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

On the Dragonair flight, I actually ate everything.

And I was probably so surprised about getting such a good meal, that I forgot to properly take photos of the inflight meal.

FRIENDLY STAFF WHO COME OVER AND CHAT

The stewardesses we had were also incredibly friendly.

They stopped to talk to us about Danang and what there was to see and do here, as it's a very new flight and they themselves still hadn't explored the place.


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Read more about Danang
and one of Asia's best destination spas
in the June-July issue of Travelife Magazine.
On sale everywhere from June 15.



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Of course, I gave them the lowdown.

But for everyone else, all I can say is this: read more about Danang and the Fusion Maia Resort, one of Asia's best destination spas, in the June-July 2013 issue of Travelife Magazine. 

On sale everywhere from June 15.




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