Tan Binh District is in northwest Ho Chi Minh City and Tan Son Nhat International Airport lies in the south of this area. Tan Binh is made up of large residential areas with a variety of good restaurants, fine boutiques and malls including Big C and Parkson CT Plaza. Two- to five-star hotels are scattered around this district and there’s something for everyone, especially business travelers who prefer to be a bit outside the chaos downtown but not too far away from the action. Saigon city centre is about 20-30 minutes away (depending on the traffic) by taxi from the airport.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport handles over 10 million passengers each year. The airport is clean, efficient and features an information centre, ATMs, money exchange booths, duty-free shops, gift and jewellery shops, bookstores, fast food outlets, restaurants, internet cafés, bars and storage lockers – in fact everything an international airport should have by way of amenities.
Airport Area Attractions
Visitors can enjoy a sightseeing trip to historical and cultural locations suited nearby the airport area such as Giac Lam Pagoda and Le Van Duyet Tomb. Located on Lac Long Quan Street, Giac Lam Pagoda features interesting Buddha statues and an attractive park dating back to around the mid-18th century.
Le Van Duyet was a military hero who helped Emperor Gia Long unify Vietnam and establish the Nguen Dynasty, last ruling family of Vietnam. His tomb on Dinh Tien Hoang Street has always been held in high esteem by the locals.
Airport Area Dining
Thanks to its status as a middle-class residential area, Tan Binh District and Airport area has a good range of fine dining, coffee shops and hip bars and those so inclined can make a stop at the Pizza Hut and fast food outlets located in the basement of Parkson CT Plaza on Troung Son Street.
You will also find a reasonably sized food court with dishes and snacks at reasonable prices. There are a few options when it comes to food at the airport itself but keep in mind that, like any airport around the world, prices aren’t necessary cheap there.
The Parkson CT Plaza on Truong Son Street is not far from the airport and is open daily from 09:30 – 22:00. You will find restaurants, a food court and fashion sections on B1 to the 5th floor.
Those who need last minute shopping before jumping on the plane can check out the duty free shop inside Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Choices are slightly limited but luxury brands such as Dior, Chanel and Cartier nevertheless feature.
If the weather in Saigon is not on your side, a game or two of bowling might brighten your day up and keep you out of the tropical rain. Saigon Superbowl located at 43A Truong Son, Tan Binh District, is a popular modern bowling alley. Avoid weekend afternoons and nights if you don’t feel like getting caught up in a big crowd. If you prefer watching a movie, head to the Megastar Cineplex on the 10th floor of Parkson CT Plaza on Truong Son Street. It usually features blockbusters with high-quality digital surround sound systems as well as more than 800 seats throughout seven viewing theatres.