Le Saigonnais lounge (domestic) in Saigon: better than the genuine Vietnam Airlines lounge?

The Le Saigonnais lounge in the domestic zone of Saigon airport offers a very pretty setting but average catering. In the end, it’s better than the official Vietnam Airlines lounge in this terminal.

My flight to Hanoi departed from the end of the terminal opposite the Vietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge, where I was initially staying. Finding this first lounge uninteresting and even moderately pleasant, I thought I’d try out this priority pass lounge located right next to my boarding gate.

You’ll find at the bottom of the page a summary of the articles about this vacation in Vietnam.

Location of the lounge

Once you’ve cleared security, a long corridor takes you into the terminal. The latter is lengthwise, and you’re at one end, where you’ll find the Vietnam Airlines lounge. Well, the Le Saigonnais lounge is at the opposite end of the terminal.

It is therefore very close to some gates and far from others, but the walking distance is still reasonable.

If you fly business class with Vietnam Airlines or are an Elite member of its frequent flyer program, you can use both.

Access to the lounge

As you can see from this photo, it’s open to many people.

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Access is therefore available to Business and Elite passengers from just about every airline using this terminal, Vietnam Airlines included, which is surprising since they have their own lounge, and many credit cards (mainly local and not theAmex Platinum), and other cards such as Plaza Premium or Priority Pass.

Lounge layout

It has two rooms and a rather colonial style.

The first is quite large, organized around the buffet.

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And a second, more intimate one, with more widely spaced tables, organized around a central island with vegetation.

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That’s where I’ll be seating.

Overall, this lounge is much more attractive than the Vietnam Airlines lounge, so much so that I regret not having moved here sooner.

Catering

The buffet is quite large.

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As in the Vietnam Airlines lounge, there are hot and cold dishes, exclusively local. On the other hand, there’s no improvement compared to the Vietnam Airlines lounge: the dishes are almost exclusively the same. In fact, it seems that the same catering company handles both lounges.

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The beverage offer, consisting of a few soft drinks and beers, is even more mediocre than in the Vietnam Airlines lounge.

Strange as it may seem, this buffet made a better (or less bad) impression on me than the Vietnam Airlines lounge. Perhaps it’s simply because the lounge itself made a better impression, and it felt less like a cold station concourse with no personality.

I’ll eat some chicken. Decent, but nothing more.

Facilities

The lounge has toilets and computer workstations, but no showers.

Atmosphere

Much calmer and more peaceful than the Vietnam Airlines lounge. Firstly because it was less crowded (I think people flock to the first lounge they find) and secondly because the setting is much more pleasant.

Bottom line

Although the food and beverage offer remains rather mediocre, the Le Saigonnais lounge in Saigon’s domestic terminal is infinitely nicer and more pleasant than the Vietnam Airlines lounge in the same terminal.

The articles about this vacation in Vietnam

#TypePost
1Travel diaryPreparing for vacations in Vietnam
2FlightParis-Stockholm – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
3LoungeSAS Gold lounge – Stockholm
4FlightStockholm-Oslo – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
5HotelRadisson Blu Airport Hotel – Oslo Gardermoen
6LoungeSAS Gold lounge international zone – Oslo
7FlightOslo-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
8LoungeTurkish Airlines Miles&Smile Lounge international zone – Istanbul
9FlightIstanbul-Saigon – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
10HotelRenaissance Riverside Hotel – Saigon
11RestaurantAnan – Saigon
12RestaurantHoa Tuc – Saigon
13Travel diarySaigon city tour
14LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus lounge (domestic) – Saigon
15LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (domestic) – Saigon
16FlightSaigon-Hanoi- Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A350)
17HotelJW Marriott Hotel – Hanoi
18RestaurantGia – Hanoi
19RestaurantTung Dining – Hanoi
20Travel diaryCity tour of Hanoi
21LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
22LoungeSong Hong Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
23FlightHanoi-Phu Quoc – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320Neo)
24HotelSheraton Long Beach Resort – Phu Quoc
25Hotel JW Marriott Emerald Bay – Phu Quoc
26LoungeHoa Sim Business lounge – Phu Quoc
27FlightPhu Quoc-Saigon – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320)
28LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (international zone) – Saigon
28FlightSaigon-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
30LoungeIGA Lounge (zone internationale) – Istanbul
31LoungeTurkish Airlines business lounge – Istanbul
31FlightIstanbul-Oslo – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
32HotelRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Oslo
33RestaurantKatla – Oslo
34Travel diaryCity tour of Oslo
35FlightOslo-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS Plus (A320)
36FlightCopenhagen-Paris – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
37Travel diaryDebriefing of my vacation in Vietnam
Bertrand Duperrin
Bertrand Duperrinhttp://www.duperrin.com
Compulsive traveler, present in the French #avgeek community since the late 2000s and passionate about (long) travel since his youth, Bertrand Duperrin co-founded Travel Guys with Olivier Delestre in March 2015.
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