Relaxed Vietnam visa rules and the imminent launch of Vietnam Airlines’ new B787-9 Dreamliners make visiting Vietnam cheaper and easier.

With the Government of Vietnam recently announcing that it is waiving visas for UK passport holders for single-entry stays of up to 15 days, effective from July 1 2015 - June 30 2016, the good news for UK travellers continues, as the changes will come into effect in time for the launch of new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on Vietnam Airlines’ nonstop services from Heathrow.

The aircraft is the latest extension to Boeing’s super-efficient 787 family and can fly farther, and with more passengers and more cargo, than the B787-8 - but with the same environmental performance: 20 per cent less fuel usage and 20 per cent fewer emissions than the aircraft it will replace.

It will feature in-flight WiFi and fully flat beds in Business Class, and passengers will also benefit from larger windows and stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity and cleaner air, lower cabin pressure and a smoother, quieter ride.

The airline will be the first to operate the B787-9 Dreamliner nonstop between Southeast Asia and Europe, with Heathrow becoming the first international destination on their network to be served by the new aircraft.

Frequencies will rise from four flights to five or six flights per week between Heathrow and Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City following the deployment of the Dreamliners, before increasing to a daily service for Summer 2016.

Return fares from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi currently start from £461 or £505 per person respectively, inclusive of taxes.

For further information and reservations visit www.vietnamairlines.com

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