Hoa Sim Business Lounge in Phu Quoc: really mediocre

The Hoa Sim lounge at Phu Quoc airport has no other quality than to exist, with its simple style and limited catering.

The vacations are coming to an end and it’s time for me to set course for Europe again. But first I have to get back to Saigon for my flight home. I’ll be flying business class on Vietnam Airlines, so I’ll be taking advantage of the Vietnamese airline’s lounge at Phu Quoc airport before taking my flight.

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

Location of the lounge

Once through security, the lounge is located in the terminal’s main (and only) hall, on the left.

Given the airport’s modest size, it’s close to every gate.

Access to the lounge

This is clearly the airport’s one and only lounge, so it welcomes all eligible passengers, regardless of their airline.

First and foremost those of the airlines with which it has a contract, but also holders of many bank cards (but not the Amex Platinum) and Priority Pass cards.


Lounge layout

When you enter the lounge, the buffet is immediately on your right.


Then there’s a single, large room that forms the lounge itself.


Very bright, with bay windows everywhere, and a style that’s not too shabby, even a little nicer than the Vietnam Airlines lounges we’ve seen so far, but simple and basic all the same.


The catering offer is very limited and not very appetizing.


Drinks are just as limited. Tea, coffee, water and beer and that’s it.


Lounge facilities

The lounge has a toilet in, well, acceptable condition.


Very quiet during my stay.

Bottom line

If you’re going to wait an hour, you might as well wait in a lounge. While this one is a little prettier than the Vietnam Airlines lounges seen so far, it lacks style and personality, and the food and beverage offer is rather undignified.

It has the merit of existing, and that’s all.

The articles about this vacation in Vietnam

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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