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    Tan Son Nhat International Airport

    by theguardianangel Updated Nov 24, 2012

    This airport is big and clean. There are also shops inside where you can buy cookies, chocolates, coffees, souvenirs,etc. in case you think that you still need more.

    Let me just share with you the our experience. It’s just odd that upon arrival, the flight attendant didn’t give us any form to accomplish like something to hand over to the Customs/immigration officer. I know our country is a member of the ASEAN, but this is the only country that I find it odd not to accomplish anything.

    Another weird is that the bags we checked in, when we have to pick it up.. we found them on the floor with the other bags. The bags were just like thrown away even the other bag with the fragile sticker on it seemed like taken for granted. As we pick our bags, other passengers with us in our flight just shared looks like- “What the **** happened here!???” or “Who threw my bag away!?”. I don’t know if this is what they used to do here but I believe it’s a bit rude.

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    Flying in to Ho Chi Minh City.

    by cachaseiro Written Nov 12, 2012

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    The airport in Ho CH
    hi Mih City/Saigon is located just 8 kilometers from the city center.
    This makes it quite easy to acces and i have even walked to and from the airport a few times myself from the city center.
    The airport is quite easy to find your way around and i have never experienced very long lines there.
    The transit area has recently had a bit of a facelift and some new cafes has sprung up.
    You have a few shops there too that tend to be quite expensive for vietnamese standards, but all in all it's a fairly comfortable airport to wait in.
    It's served by many airlines, both vietnamese and foreign as it is the busiest airport in the country.

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    Philippine Airlines

    by machomikemd Written Jun 30, 2012

    Philippine Airlines had code share flights with Vietnam Airlines coming and going from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City and vice versa via Daily flights utlilizing Airbus A 319 or Airbus A 320. Prices for a round trip ticket is from $ 250 for fiesta deals and $ 500 for regular, unrestricted full economy fare.

    PAL, what philippine airlines is called is older than cathay pacific making it Asia's Oldest Airline (and trivia-only PAL and Other Philippine Carriers are not subsidized by the Governent, bucking the trend in the rest of asia wherein other National carriers are heavily subsidiez by their Governments like Singapore Airlines, Thai Air, Malaysian Air, Royal Brunei, Emirates, Japan Airlines and others). Philippine Airlines was founded on February 26, 1941, making it Asia's oldest carrier still operating under its current name. The airline was started by a group of businessmen led by Andres Soriano, hailed as one of the Philippines' leading industrialists at the time, who served as the General Manager, and former Senator Ramon Fernandez as Chairman and President. Government investment in September of the same year paved the way for its nationalization. Its main hub is at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the city of Parañaque with all its passenger flights involving Manila in Centennial Terminal 2.

    Ho Chi Minh Airport Office
    Unit 2.4.47 2nd floor International Terminal
    Tan Son Nhat Airport
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Tel :(848) 3848-9438
    Fax : Fax : (848) 3848 9439
    e-mail : sgnkzpr@gmail.com
    Office Hours:
    Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sundays: 8:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
    Tuesdays /Thursdays: 7:00-11:30 and 13:30-17:00
    Saturdays : 7:00-12:00

    Ho Chi Minh City Ticket Office

    2nd Floor
    Saigon Royal Building
    91 Pasteur Street
    Dist 1, HCMC

    Ho Chi Minh City
    Tel :(08) 3827-2105 ; 3827-2106
    Fax : (08) 3827-2107
    e-mail : sgnsdpr@hcm.vnn
    sgnsdpr@gmail.com
    Office Hours:
    Mondays - Fridays: 8:00 - 12:00 / 13:30 - 17:00
    Saturdays : 8:00-12:00
    Sundays/Holidays : Closed

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    Vietnam Airlines

    by machomikemd Written Jun 30, 2012

    Vietnam Airlines is the National Flag Carrier of Vietnam. Founded in 1956 under the name Vietnam Civil Aviation, the airline was established as a state enterprise in April 1989. Vietnam Airlines is headquartered in Long Bien, Hanoi, with hubs at Noi Bai International Airport and here at Saigon at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The airline flies to 46 destinations in 19 countries, excluding code shared services.

    We booked our flight to Siem Reap and back via this airline. We stayed at the Than So Nhat International Airport for 3 hour lay over before going to Siem Reap then back to Saigon for a revisit for 4 days.

    They use an Airbus A 319 or A 320 coming to and from Saigon to Siem Reap and flight time lasts 50 minutes to 1 hou and they have multiple flights per day for that route.

    Their Offices at Saigon Include:

    Airport Office at International Terminal

    Ticketing Counter, International Terminal, Tan Son Nhat International Airport
    Open Hours: Mon-Fri from 0700-1900; Sat-Sun & Holidays: 0730-1700
    Phone: 84-8 38320320

    Nguyen Hue Ticketing Office
    Address: 16th Floor, Sun Wah, 115 Nguyen Hue, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Hochiminh city, VIETNAM
    Open Hours: Mon-Fri from 0800-1830; Sat: 0800-1200 & 1330-1700.
    Phone: 84 – 8 38 320 320.
    Fax: 84 - 8 38 486 945.

    Nguyen Dinh Chieu Ticketing Office

    Address: 27B Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dakao ward, Dist 1, Hochiminh city, VIETNAM

    Open Hours: Mon-Fri from 0800-1830; Sat-Sun & Holidays: 0800-1200 & 1330-1700.

    Phone: 84-8 38320320

    Fax: 84-8 38486945



    Dinh Tien Hoang Ticketing Office

    Address: 15B Dinh Tien Hoang, Dist 1, Hochiminh city, VIETNAM

    Open Hours: Mon-Fri from 0800-1830; Sat-Sun & Holidays: 0800-1200 & 1330-1700.

    Phone: 84-8 38320320

    Fax: 84-8 38258377

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    Than So Nhat Airport (Arrival Area)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 30, 2012

    Arriving at the Than So Nhat International Airport is a breeze since you don't need to fill out an arrival and immigration card, only the customs declaration forms and there are no long lines at the immigration counters. Baggage claim is just after the immigration area and then you go outside and take your transportation to your hotel depending if you are in a package tour or not. a ride via a bus is $ 8 and taxis at $ 10, the ride to the city center is about 15 minutes if no traffic and 30 minutes if there is.

    This New Terminal of Than So Nhat was opened in August, 21, 2007 with Tiger Airways being the first to be recieved. It was Officially opened on Sept. 2, 2007 during Independence Day. It has a passenger capacity to 8 million passengers a year and the total capacity of this airport will reach 15 million passengers per year. The old terminal will become fully domestic. After 2015, when Long Thanh International Airport is completed, Tan Son Nhat will serve domestic passengers only.

    Than So Nhat is Located at: Tan Binh District about 7 km (4 miles) northwest of the city center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Taxis are plentiful outside the arrivals area, and a ride to town should be around $8. Alternatively, your hotel may have an airport shuttle—more expensive, but also more convenient. If you have a package tour, then the arrival and departure transport service is also included in the package.

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    Than So Nhat Airport (Departure Area in 2012)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 30, 2012

    We were lucky to be one of the first to see the then brand new than so nhat international airport in 2007. I had a revisit now in 2012 and I will compare the departure area then in 2007 from now in 2012 and there are marked differences and there are now many duty free shops, airport lounges and restaurants at the Airport.

    This New Terminal of Than So Nhat was opened in August, 21, 2007 with Tiger Airways being the first to be recieved. It was Officially opened on Sept. 2, 2007 during Independence Day. It has a passenger capacity to 8 million passengers a year and the total capacity of this airport will reach 15 million passengers per year. The old terminal will become fully domestic. After 2015, when Long Thanh International Airport is completed, Tan Son Nhat will serve domestic passengers only.

    Than So Nhat is Located at: Tan Binh District about 7 km (4 miles) northwest of the city center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Taxis are plentiful outside the arrivals area, and a ride to town should be around $8. Alternatively, your hotel may have an airport shuttle—more expensive, but also more convenient. If you have a package tour, then the arrival and departure transport service is also included in the package.

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    Than So Nhat Airport (Departure Area in 2007)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    We were lucky to be one of the first to see the then brand new than so nhat international airport in 2007. This is the Departure area pictures of then new airport.

    This New Terminal of Than So Nhat was opened in August, 21, 2007 with Tiger Airways being the first to be recieved. It was Officially opened on Sept. 2, 2007 during Independence Day. It has a passenger capacity to 8 million passengers a year and the total capacity of this airport will reach 15 million passengers per year. The old terminal will become fully domestic. After 2015, when Long Thanh International Airport is completed, Tan Son Nhat will serve domestic passengers only.

    Than So Nhat is Located at: Tan Binh District about 7 km (4 miles) northwest of the city center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Taxis are plentiful outside the arrivals area, and a ride to town should be around $8. Alternatively, your hotel may have an airport shuttle—more expensive, but also more convenient.

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    From Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A number of airlines fly to HCMC from Singapore.
    Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Lion Airlines fly directly from Singapore to HCMC. Fares cost about S$250-S$350 return.

    1 budget airline also fly from Singapore to HCMC. Tiger Airways will fly to HCMC for less than S$50 one way.

    The journey takes about 3 hours.

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    Flight from Canada

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 8, 2011

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    We were snowed in and our flight was cancelled. Air Canada did a good job rebooking us with all our connections,including our Cathy Pacific leg from Hong Kong. They were much easier to dealwith than a few years ago...a welcome change.

    We had a good flight with lots of service. No complaints.

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    Airport to the City

    by easterntrekker Updated Feb 8, 2011

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    The airport is very modern with lots of signs in English. We got a good rate to exchange some cash.( the first time the rate was better for Canadian $$ than USA) We prepaid inside for a cab to town ..$8.00. We were walked to the curb by an attendant..which was convenient ..
    The drive to town took about 25 minutes,which went quickly as we were so entertained taking in Sagon's sights and sounds.

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    No Immigration Card Required

    by walterwu Updated Jan 12, 2011

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    Into HCMC
    No filling up of Immigration Card is required upon arrival at HCMC's Tan Soh Nhat International Airport from Bangkok. We were quite taken aback by it.

    Journey to Hotel:
    Took a taxi from the Airport to our hotel during evening peak hours and journey took about 45 minutes and cost about 150.000 vietnamese dong (all-in).

    Journey to Airport:
    Took a taxi from the Hotel to the Airport and it took about 1/2 hour on non-peak hours on Christmas Day (working day in HCMC) and cost about 120.000 vietnamese dong.

    Check-In Area:
    The size of the check-in area is very small and within a minute or two, you should be able to cover the whole area.

    Checking In:
    Check in was a breeze as within the Terminal Building was virtually empty at about 12:30pm in the afternoon.

    Food Outlet:
    There is a food outlet (Confetti) in the public area (which is also the viewing gallery with a view of the check-in counters) that serves both Vietnamese food and international food.

    Shops in Transit/Departure Gates:
    There are a many of shops after passing immigration checks that sells items mostly in US dollars. These includes duty free wines, local food products, clothing and accessories, etc.

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    Train

    by Gili_S Updated Jan 7, 2011

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    There is a railway station here and trains, at list we heard so but we haven't use any. I heard that the 200 km trip will take 5 hours by train!!! So we thought how bad that train can be? If you can better maybe to fly or to take the bus.
    PS: Train web site doesn't seems to work well either, so I wonder how the trains will?

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    Airport

    by Gili_S Written Jan 7, 2011

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    We arrived to Vietnam with Finnair flight from Helsinki. The airport immigration check out was fast as well as the check-in when we came for departure it was quick. The airport itself seems rather new and modern but there were only few shops where you could buy some items and souvenirs and few place to eat or drink something.

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    Free Shuttle Bus

    by Audia Written Mar 22, 2008

    This one is the best. Free Shuttle Bus from Windsor Plaza Hotel to HCMC District 1. It stops on the three different spots (even we can ask to stop near Ben Thanh market!) on various locations in District 1. The schedule is fixed so all you have to do is wait in the hotel lobby or the appointed spots for this lovely red colour bus.

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    No More Departure Tax

    by zuyao Written Jan 11, 2008

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    Latest update: You no longer need to pay the USD14 airport departure tax at Tan Son Nhat airport before boarding. Since November 2007, the tax is already incorporated into your air ticket. This makes flight travel much simpler and you don't have to worry about having not enough USD left at the end of your trip.

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