REVIEW: Le Saigonnais SASCO Business Lounge in Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat International Airport

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This was my second time in Ho Chi Minh City, but for this trip I only stayed for one night and within the vicinity of the airport since I was only repositioning for my CX flight. The reason was this flight was booked during extremely popular “premium deal” of Cathay Pacific last New Year’s Eve with flights ex-Vietnam. During this visit, I chose to stay in the Le Saigonnais Lounge while waiting for my boarding.

List of lounges in Tan Son Nhat International Airport

List of lounges in Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Location

The Le Saigonnais lounge is located on the 3rd floor of Tan Son Nhat International Airport. It is easily accessible, just one flight of stairs past security.

Access

Entry to this lounge is exclusive only to business class passengers of Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Finnair, Air China, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Eva Air, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates Airlines, Uni Air, Korean Air.

Unfortunately, Priority Pass is not accepted here but Priority Pass members can enter the Orchid Lounge instead.

The lounge was almost empty when I arrived but it quickly became busy after about 30 minutes.

Invitation to either go to Rose Lounge or Le Saigonnais- I chose the latter

Invitation to either go to Rose Lounge or Le Saigonnais- I chose the latter

Facilities

The Le Saigonnais lounge is fairly new which only opened last November 2018. I had set my expectations low before visiting this lounge, and to my surprise it exceeded my expectations. I was really impressed with the interior as it embodied how I picture the Vietnamese culture, including the non la (conical hat), ao dai (garment) and street lamps.

Also, there are adequate seating available and each table is provided with an electric socket.

The wooden centre piece in the ceiling resembles the Vietnamese non la (conical hat)

The wooden centre piece in the ceiling resembles the Vietnamese non la (conical hat)

Really impressive interior

Really impressive interior

Plenty of seating capacity in the lounge

Plenty of seating capacity in the lounge

Individual seating for solo travelers

Individual seating for solo travelers

Workstation with lamp decorations

Workstation with lamp decorations

View outside- spotted VN and AK aircrafts

View outside- spotted VN and AK aircrafts

Gallery of Vietnamese traditional dresses- an impressive touch to the lounge

Gallery of Vietnamese traditional dresses- an impressive touch to the lounge

Food and Beverage

There is no shortage of food in Le Saigonnais. What I like in most Asian lounges is that they serve a variety of food. There is even a halal selection in this lounge. The food was not bad, but I would say not the best either.

Mushroom and eggplant

Mushroom and eggplant

Rice congee with variety of condiments and garnishes

Rice congee with variety of condiments and garnishes

Two dishes of fish cooked differently

Two dishes of fish cooked differently

Bacon pasta and chicken

Bacon pasta and chicken

Roast chicken with sauce

Roast chicken with sauce

Halal selection

Halal selection

Salad and cheese selection

Salad and cheese selection

Pastries and spring rolls

Pastries and spring rolls

Cornucopia of food. Pho is also available

Cornucopia of food. Pho is also available

Limited selection of wine and liqour plus home made iced tea

Limited selection of wine and liqour plus home made iced tea

Selection of beverages

Selection of beverages

Other Amenities

The lounge has a massage chair reminiscent of the SATS Lounge in Singapore Changi Airport. Unfortunately, I was so busy finishing some work that I did not have the chance to try it. There are computer terminals, printer, and a shoe polisher (yes, that is right) available for use.

Massage chair- too bad I was not able to try this one during my visit

Massage chair- too bad I was not able to try this one during my visit

Free to use computers and printer for those last minute documents

Free to use computers and printer for those last minute documents

Self-serve shoe polisher

Self-serve shoe polisher

There is no announcement of boarding time in the lounge as to maintain a pleasant setting. Sounds reasonable

There is no announcement of boarding time in the lounge as to maintain a pleasant setting. Sounds reasonable

Restroom was pristine and clean during my visit

Restroom was pristine and clean during my visit

Showers are also available for use

Showers are also available for use

Overall Impression

I had been to other lounges in Tan Son Nhat International Airport and this is so far the best in this airport in my opinion. The Vietnamese inspired interior design coupled with the abundant selection of food are the reasons to come back.

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Jayson Co

Jayson set his foot on a plane when he was 12 year old and loved it ever since. His ardent wanderlust had helped him explore the world amidst his busy work schedule. He does not mind travelling solo to explore what every city has to offer. Although he was introduced to the world of miles and points on a later time, it did not prevent to learn to use points strategically in his travel. His trips were immediately transformed from economy class and hostels to luxurious first class and hotels, and never looked back.