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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.