Saigon Airport is Among the World’s Best for a Sleepover

What is the most ideal airport to stay during your layover? Saigon Airport, Tan Son Nhat most likely would not come to your mind first. However, many travellers who was in the Best Airports for Sleeping 2016 survey by the Guide to Sleeping in Airports confirmed so.

Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon has been selected by pollsters at the Guide to sleeping in Airports site as one of the best 25 airports in the world for a layover, a year after rolling out its new sleeping area. The airport snatched the 21st place in the “Top 25 Most Sleep Friendly Airports” secured 19th spot in the “Top 25 Best Airports for Layovers” compiled by the Guide to Sleeping in Airports site.

The sleeping zone of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyet
The sleeping zone of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyet

Last year, Tan Son Nhat, the biggest in Vietnam, opened its first-ever sleeping zone after expanding the waiting area at its international terminal.

The 100-square-meter (1,076-square-foot) zone is equipped with long wooden chairs and 20 sleeping lounges that anyone can use for free.

Those who need more privacy can pay $7 an hour to use one of ten mini sleeping pods.

Each sleeping pod is four square meters and can accommodate an adult and a child under seven years old. Drinking water and cold towels are part of the package.

Next to the sleeping zone lies a playing area of 40 square meters for kids.

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TSN Airport has recently been renewed and expanded to accommodate growing number of passengers. Photo:

This year’s “Best Airports for Overall Experience” list was topped by Singapore Changi International Airport, followed by Seoul Incheon International Airport in South Korea.

In their annual survey, the Guide to Sleeping in Airports polls asked travellers to rate airports worldwide based on their overall airport experience and rank their experience based on:

  • Comfort (Gate seating & availability of rest zones)
  • Services, facilities & things to do
  • Food options
  • Immigration/Security
  • Customer service
  • Cleanliness
  • Navigation and ease of transit
  • Sleepability

The best airports in the world are the ones that inspire travellers to book a trip based on the receiving airport alone. From ultra-efficient processes to friendly staff and a wide array of activities one never thought can be found in an airport, these airports become a memorable part of any trip. In fact, a number of the terminals on the list enthrall travellers to the point that they (almost) want to miss their flight – or at least opt for a longer layover the next time around. And the best thing about these airports, though, is that they are continuously working to improve. New developments continues to roll in and ideas come to life, creating a more spectacular travel experience than any of us thought possible.

Source: Guide to Sleeping in Airports

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