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 Day-Use Fun Memories from a 12-Hour Layover at Tan Son Nhat International Airport


Before setting off on your journey, long waits at the airport can add to the fatigue of travel.

However, at Ho Chi Minh’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport, such waiting times can be transformed into enjoyable experiences. This article will share tips on changing boring waits into fun times.

Traveling to the Airport and Preparations

When heading from downtown Ho Chi Minh City to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, it’s crucial to depart early, considering potential traffic jams. Traffic peaks during weekday mornings between 8-9 AM (school and work commute) and evenings from 5-7 PM (return commute). The journey from the city center to the airport typically takes about 30 minutes, but it’s safe to allocate 45 minutes to an hour for travel. Plan to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight departure.

Ways to Spend Time at the Airport

Dining at Restaurants

Tan Son Nhat International Airport houses various restaurants where you can enjoy local flavors. “SAIGON CAFE BAR KITCHEN” allows you to savor Vietnamese cuisine right up until departure. Try local favorites like Vietnamese coffee, pho, and banh mi.

Other options include the pho specialist BIG BOWL and the famous Vietnamese cafe chain “TRUNG NGUYEN LEGEND,” known for its civet coffee, costing nearly 1000 yen per cup. Trying these can be a memorable part of your visit to Vietnam.

If you prefer Western-style fast food, international franchises like Burger King, Popeyes, and Domino’s Pizza are also available.

Refreshing with a Massage

At “Sen Viet Spa” opposite Gate 10 in Terminal 1’s airside, you can enjoy professional spa and massage services. The spa, available in both international and domestic boarding areas, offers a range of services, including hot stone massages starting from 20-30 minutes, making it perfect for any waiting time. The spa is priced higher than in downtown Ho Chi Minh City but is ideal for using up leftover Vietnamese Dong.

Shopping for Souvenirs

“SASCO Shop” awaits with enjoyable souvenir shopping. From local crafts and foods to chocolates, cosmetics, perfumes, clothing, and fashion accessories, a wide range of products is available. Look at other souvenirs

Vietnamese coffee, known for its strong flavor, is particularly popular. It makes an excellent gift for espresso lovers or those who appreciate a robust coffee.

Relaxing in a Lounge

“Le Saigonnais” lounges, located in both Terminals 1 and 2, offer a spacious and elegantly decorated environment. Services include showers, newspapers & magazines, and buffet-style meals. The Le Saigonnais in the domestic terminal is opposite Gate 12 on the second floor. Business class passengers of airlines like JAL and ANA or JAL GLOBAL CLUB members have access. Others can use the facility for 3 hours at 425,000 Dong. The international terminal’s Le Saigonnais costs 945,000 Dong for 4 hours and is located on the third floor, near the staircase to Gates 18-20.

Relaxing in Sleep Zones

The “Sleep Zone” on the third floor (beyond Gates 26, 27) allows for restful naps. With no hotels inside Tan Son Nhat International Airport, this area is especially convenient for transit passengers or those tired from touring. The area offers beds and lounging chairs free of charge, with prices starting at about 2.6 USD for 30 minutes. Power outlets are also available for charging devices.


By making good use of the facilities at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you can end your trip on a high note. Enjoy Vietnam’s exquisite cuisine, relax, and pick up some last-minute souvenirs. Let your time at Tan Son Nhat International Airport become a delightful memory of your visit to Vietnam.

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