As much as we love flying premium cabins, sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. For a flight that’s just an hour or two, a budget airline will suffice and Southeast Asia is chock full of them. The one big downside : no lounge access. Enter : Priority Pass!
The Chase Sapphire Reserve has plenty of benefits to justify it’s annual fee, but the one we get the most use out of is the Priority Pass. We’ve used it five times so far in 2018, and will likely use it many more times by the time the year is over. Today’s Priority Pass lounge : La Saigonese Lounge at Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN).
The La Saigonese Lounge at Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City is located past security in the Domestic Terminal right next to Gate 11.
If you don’t have a Priority Pass, you can still get into the lounge by flying a premium cabin or by purchasing a pass on Lounge Buddy. A day pass cost about $20 and you’ll have to make a reservation through the website. Whether or not it’s worth the price is up to you, but if you have a long layover $20 is a drop in the bucket for some free food/drinks and peace and quiet (compared to the gate).
The lounge itself is decent sized, but there were a couple points where it got nearly full. Like all lounges, it’s just luck of the draw depending on what time of day you get there. There’s not many extra amenities within the lounge. The main draw is the relative calmness compared to the terminal itself and the food/drinks. There was one massage chair if you happen to get lucky and get it!
The walls and moldings are a little reminiscent of the JW Marriott Phu Quoc, designed by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley. I don’t think he’s designing airport lounges just yet, but if he ever does we’ll be the first to check it out!
The food selection was decent. It was midday when we got there so it was lunch offerings. The usual suspects were there, including congee and pho. I was happy with the fried boneless pork with pineapple sauce, which had me craving pork chops and apple sauce from back home.
The alcohol selection was similar to the Apricot Lounge, which isn’t surprising considering they’re serviced by the same company. Like the Apricot Lounge, there was a selection of juices and iced teas as well. La Saigonese also had fountain soda and not cans. I know it sounds stupid, but I prefer a can. For whatever reason, most fountain soda I’ve had in Asia has all tasted flat.
Overall, the La Saigonese Lounge at Tan Son Nhat Airport isn’t going to blow your socks off, but it’s miles better than sitting at the gate. Like I mentioned in my review of the Apricot Lounge, I expect the lounges at all three main Vietnam airports (SGN, DAD, HAN) to get much better over the next few years due to the massive boom the country is seeing. Until then, this will have to do.