This flight was the third leg of a multi-city ticket booked directly through EVA Air. I booked the ticket 175 days prior; it took me $1,788.31 USD in total to book one premium economy class airfare from Houston (IAH) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) with layover in Taipei (TPE) and then from Hanoi (HAN) back to Houston (IAH) with layover in Taipei (TPE). On this trip my wife and I took two one-way flights on Vietjet Air from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang (DAD) and on Jetstar from Da Nang (DAD) to Hanoi. This flight was a T class ticket.
Very nice, clean, and new international terminal. Very good check-in experience (read more in the conclusion).
Very good lounge option presented to premium economy ticket-holders and better for EVA Air. Good visibility for plane spotting. Good food and drink options as well.
Another excellent lounge option at Hanoi for priority pass members. I had awesome five-spice chicken, pretty tasty chicken pho, and a Hanoi beer all while doing some plane spotting. This is a very bright and open lounge that was very quiet on a Sunday around lunch time.
I always like seeing Western food options in Asian airports because I'm usually burnt-out after doing food tours and trying to eat all the local street food I can. We skipped Popeye's and Burger King though and headed straight to the gate where we ended up being the first to board the plane.
Pretty good lineup in Hanoi. Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Vietjet Air, Malindo, EVA Air, Emirates, Bangkok Airways, Korean Air, China Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, and I caught a Scoot Airlines airbus as well.
Our plane was an Airbus A320-200 (B-16218) that was about three years old. Despite booking a premium economy roundtrip ticket, this cabin class is not available from Hanoi so we were downgraded to economy. There is no pic of the menu because we were given a choice between pork rice and chicken spaghetti. The chicken spaghetti wasn't that bad; my wife really liked the cake slice. I opted for a Heineken beer, which was complimentary; other options for beer were Taiwan beer and Kiran beer. We were given earplugs but I think the only entertainment option was radio because there were no screens in the seatbacks (only screens dropped down for safety video). The cabin configuration was 3-3 and all seats had earplugs and a pillow on them.
Arriving in Taipei a little later than scheduled but we still had about a five hour layover so we cleared customs and took an Uber to Taipei to have a bowl of beef noodle soup, a milk tea, and some dumplings. It's a long thirty-minute or so drive into town and it's not exactly cheap either (1,000 NT$ or $32.50 USD one-way) but it was worth it to visit 小林麵食館 (Kobyashi Noodle House). Customs line took about 20 minutes or so. We hit up an ATM before going through the line to take out 1,000 NT$ and paid via card for the Uber.
EVA Air doesn't offer a great cabin/seat option for this route but the check-in service (dedicated Star Alliance Gold line, priority baggage, security line shortcut pass, lounge pass) was awesome. Furthermore, the Hanoi international terminal was awesome itself and having priority pass gave us another great lounge option with the Hong Song Business Lounge. Very good experience at the Hanoi Airport.