Ho Chi Minh City Airport: how not to get lost and quickly get your luggage
Tan Son Nhat International Airport is one of the largest in the country. So that you do not get lost in it, we are ready to present to your attention a step-by-step guide on its internal arrangement.
The airport is a place that simultaneously gives joy, inspiration and inspiring fear. The fear of getting lost in it, the discomfort of a foreign language and the fear of getting tangled in its back streets. To prevent this from happening to you, the Vietnamese team is ready to take you by the hand and walk with you from landing to the exit from the international terminal No. 2 of Saigon city (the old name is Ho Chi Minh City).
International terminal. Introduction
Few facts. Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN code) is the largest airport in Vietnam and the gateway to receiving foreign guests from all over the world.
It is located just 8 kilometers to the north of the first district of the city (District 1) and a short drive from its center, the main transport street of Fan Guo Lao. From there you can go to almost any city in Vietnam by buying a bus ticket. It is also possible to stay at the hotel for a few days, choosing any of the calculation of what you expect of it. It can be a hostel or a 4-5-star hotel. On this street there is everything (except tiger balm, checked by personal experience).
The airport itself consists of two terminals. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights. From here you can fly, for example, to Danang, Hanoi and Nha Trang. The function of terminal 2 is the reception of foreign citizens.
First steps after planting
Having landed and passing along the corridor according to the signs, at the end of the way you will arrive at the so-called immigration center. For citizens of the Russian Federation, there are two roads from here, depending on how long they have arrived. If it is more than two weeks, then you need a visa, and you need to worry about documents in advance. Arriving for a couple of weeks, you can, together with most tourists pass customs control and pass the visa center of the airport. If you plan to spend no more than 15 days in a country with a tour group, then follow along with it.
Arriving alone or with friends, make sure that you have a return ticket. When passing customs control, the border guard can ask him, to make sure that you are not going to stay there illegally.
After passing the customs control
Well, everyone, can breathe out, the main part of the way is passed. Now go down the escalator and take your luggage. The issuing zone, compared to other airports, is small in size, which creates a feeling of comfort. As soon as you take your bags – you will see the baggage check zone and go to it. Such a test in Ho Chi Minh City is quite a conditional action and will not take much time.
If it suddenly happens that the baggage is lost or went off to another country independently, go to Lost & Found Lost & Found, where they will help you. In the “Tips” section you can see their coordinates. After checking the baggage you will be in the zone where you can exchange currency, find out information about the city or order a taxi.
Leaving the building
In the majority, in other countries the exit from the airport leaves pleasant sensations. Here, be prepared to walk along the corridor from a lot of people who meet their friends, as well as money changers offering taxi managers and merchants SIM cards.
I want to go to the city!
It’s funny, but you’re already in town. The fact is that the airport itself is in the city, and you can get to the center in many ways. Fortunately, recently in Ho Chi Minh City, in addition to the services of a taxi and a bus, there appeared many beloved Uber and not so much promoted abroad by Grab. So, let’s choose how to get to the center.
When you leave the building, you can see a bus to the right, which runs exclusively in the direction of “airport – city center – airport”. The cost of the trip is about $ 1, departure – every 15-20 minutes.
If you go further to the right, you will get to the bus stop and thanks to route number 152 you will reach the city center for 5 thousand VND (about $ 0.25). Better to go to the stop “Ben Tan Market”.
A large selection of cars, you can leave immediately. The price of the trip is about $ 8-10. It is convenient if you flew not alone and you have luggage.
Recently, there are a lot of competition and an inexpensive taxi. The trip can cost only $ 5 to the city center. Plus, you can specify the destination endpoint without explaining to the driver. In addition, there is already an exact price of the trip and there is no possibility to divide passengers for money and wind up the counter, as local taxi drivers like to do.
It is ordered in advance. It is necessary, if you have arrived not alone, with sports equipment and want to immediately go from the airport to neighboring cities, for example, in Mui Ne, Asian mecca of kitesurfing.
Travel tips for travelers
Well, and finally, I would like to give some advice that will help in case of disorientation.
- Free Wi-Fi. Here you are very lucky, because it is available at the airport. It is enough to check available networks in the phone and select “Tan Son Nhat Airport Wifi”. Follow the instructions and very soon you will have free internet.
- The information desk is located in the center of the baggage claim area. For any problems and questions you can contact the person that is behind the counter.
- The zone for smokers is marked by special indexes.
- There is a post office. True, it can not cope with large parcels, but to send a postcard to a loved one or a letter, they will do it with joy.
- Luggage office. If you are a transit in Ho Chi Minh City, then there is a service at the airport, thanks to which you can leave your things under the supervision of a specially assigned employee. The cost of storage is not more than $ 2 per baggage per hour. So you can safely leave your things and go explore the city.
- Lost and found. Be sure to contact here if you have not found your luggage. If you can not find the finding office itself, ask the staff member at the information desk, and he will tell you the direction.