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Jasmine Halal Lounge at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City [Review]

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After a somewhat disappointing visit to the Apricot Business Lounge in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN), I had enough time before my connecting flight for a little lounge-hopping. I decided to check out the other Priority Pass lounge accessible to international passengers — the Jasmine Halal Lounge.

This space was a breath of fresh air, with amazing apron views and seating that was ideal for families. If you’ve just got time to check out 1 lounge in SGN, see why Jasmine Halal Lounge should top your list.

Jasmine Halal Lounge Location

The Jasmine Halal Lounge is in the international terminal of Ho Chi Minh City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN directions
Image Credit: SASCO Business Lounge

When exiting immigration and security, turn left, and the lounge entrance will be on your right between signs for gate 17 and gates 10 to 14.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN gate 17 signage
A sign pointing right is just past gate 17.

There is signage leading to a small entryway with a sliding glass door.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN entrance
The entrance is unassuming and has a glass sliding door.

Gaining Entry to the Jasmine Halal Lounge

The check-in reception for the lounge is on a small landing space on level 2. The lounge itself is down 1 level, which you can access via stairs to the left of the desk or an elevator to the right.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN reception
Check-in via a small reception area on level 2, then head down to the lounge itself on level 1.

You can access the lounge 24 hours a day and via a day pass or several lounge memberships.

Priority Pass

I was granted entry to the lounge via Priority Pass membership I have through my Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card. This is a great card for lounge access, and I was able to bring in 2 guests per visit.

Priority Pass members were granted a maximum 3-hour stay, and 2 children under 5 years old were admitted for free per adult.

Other Lounge Networks

The lounge was also accessible to LoungeKey and DragonPass members and cardholders of select international banks.

Day Rates

The day rates for the Jasmine Halal Lounge were identical to those for the Apricot Business Lounge. Adults were $43, kids from ages 5 to 12 were $21.50, and 1 child under 5 was free (additional children under 5 were charged $21.50).

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN day rates
Day rates are posted at reception.

A slightly cheaper day rate was available online for 945,000₫ (~$39) for adults and 472,500₫ (~$20) for children.

First Impressions

The space truly had a “wow” presence — from the top of the stairs, after checking in, you were really able to take in the entire 2-story space.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN view of buffet from entrance
Viewing the lounge from the stairs let me get a lay of the land.

The lounge was flooded with light from the 2-story windows that faced the apron.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN tarmac views
Lovely views of the activity across the apron.

Seating

I was pleased to see a variety of seats that would suit a mix of travelers. Against the window were groups of 2 and 4 seats with coffee tables.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN seating at window
Seats against the window were ideal for planespotting.

Guests could also watch passengers board and deplane via transparent jet bridges.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN seats by gate
Guests could also keep an eye on the gate action.

There were a few chairs ideal for solo passengers and a handful of dining-style tables and chairs near the buffet.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN buffet
The chairs closest to the buffet were best for solo passengers.

My family and I were stationed in a cluster of 6 seats together (3 seats facing 3 seats). The main challenge in this area, which was in the open and not against the wall or window, was the lack of outlets.

I was able to find a few outlets hiding close to the window seats, but they were not easy to access.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN outlet behind chair
Some outlets were inconvenient to reach.

I knew that we would have access to charging capabilities on our flight, so we were able to use our devices for our short time in the lounge without needing to plug in.

Hot Tip:

If charging a device is important for your visit, scout out the closest outlet to your seat before dropping your bags, as not all seating areas have outlet access.

Food and Beverage

All food in the lounge was certified by the International Halal Integrity Alliance, Malaysia Halal Consultation & Training Company (MHCT). Unlike in the neighboring Apricot Business Lounge, there were no pork products or alcohol in the Jasmine Halal Lounge.

As opposed to the Vietnamese-heavy menu at Apricot Business Lounge, this lounge had Mediterranean- and Indian-leaning foods.

Buffet

My visit was around 5:30 p.m., and the lounge was set for dinner service. The hot buffet started with a Dhaka chicken curry. Basmati rice was also available.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN curry
Dhaka chicken curry.

Boiled eggs were available, as well as a colorful, pepper-heavy moussaka.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN egg and moussaka
Hard-boiled eggs and a Greek moussaka.

Vegetarian options included falafel, which you could wrap in pita with salad (which we found later at the buffet).

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN falafel
Falafel with tahini.

Vegetarians could also enjoy the aloo gobi, a curry made with potatoes and cauliflower.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN aloo gobi
Aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry).

There was a salad with fresh greens, a quinoa salad, cut dragon fruit, whole fruit, and a bread basket.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN salad and fruit
Vegetable salad, quinoa salad, fruit, and pita.

And as a consolation for the lack of yummy desserts in the Apricot Business Lounge, these lamingtons and little cakes hit the spot.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN desserts
I think my kids cleared the first round of desserts that they came across!

There was an allergens sign that warned that the food served may have come in contact with with celery, milk, crustacean, egg, fish, lupin flour, gluten, mollusk, mustard, nuts, sesame seed, or sulfur dioxide.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN buffet allergens
Allergen notice.

Though I was excited to try some new flavors, the food turned out to be a treat for the eyes but underwhelming for the taste buds. The hot food was kept in Dutch ovens (with no lids) atop an induction warmer, and as a result, nearly everything on the buffet was cold. For such a lovely dish as the moussaka, it was a shame that it wasn’t kept to a proper temperature for ideal enjoyment.

The desserts, however, were great and just what we were after considering the disappointing desserts at the Apricot Business Lounge.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN meal
A little bit of everything.

Drinks

The drink cooler featured a variety of waters, yogurts, Tropicana Twister and Ezos juices, Mirinda Xá Xị (which tastes like sarsaparilla or root beer), Pepsi Max Lime, and Revive Chanh Muối (a salted lemon sports drink).

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN drinks
Water, yogurts, sodas, and juices were available.

You could also make your own coffee, with milk in the cooler.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN coffee
You could prepare your own espresso, Americano, cappuccino, and more.

For tea lovers, there was hot Phúc Long tea already brewed, or you could select your own tea bag with hot water at the ready.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN tea
Hot tea was already brewed, or you could use water and tea bags to make your own.

Amenities

Bathrooms

The restrooms were inside the lounge, close to the Pepsi cooler. The women’s bathroom was small, with just 2 stalls and no showers.

There was a stepstool in front of one of the sinks, which I believed was a makeshift wudu station (a place for Muslims to practice ritual cleansing).

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN womens bathroom
Possible wudu station.

The sinks also had these unusual orbs next to the spout. I’m not sure if they once dispensed soap, but there were also pump soaps next to the sink.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN mystery orb
Mystery orb.

Prayer Room

There were 2 private prayer rooms available, 1 for men and 1 for women.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN prayer rooms
Gender-specific prayer rooms.

Business Center

At the far right-facing window was a small business center with 2 desktop computers and a printer.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN business center
Business center.

Periodicals

Near the elevator was a departures board and a periodicals rack with newspapers and magazines.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN elevator
Departures board, periodicals, and elevator to level 2.

Next to the prayer rooms was another periodical rack and a shoeshine machine. Note that all media appeared to be in Vietnamese.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN periodicals
Periodicals and shoeshine machine.

Wi-Fi

The password for the Wi-Fi network was the same as the one for the Apricot Business Lounge, so my phone easily connected. The password was advertised on all the tables, so you never had to look far for it.

My kids were able to stream Netflix and play Roblox without any issues.

Jasmine Halal Lounge SGN Wi Fi
The Wi-Fi password was indicated on all tables.
Hot Tip:

The lounge advertises having a massage chair, but I did not locate one during my visit.

Staff and Service

The gentleman who checked me in was polite and directed me to the elevator (vs. the stairs) when he saw that I was struggling with bags.

All other interactions with staff in the lounge were minimal. Used plates and trash did not sit for very long before being cleared.

Final Thoughts

For a relaxed vibe with great planespotting, I would definitely recommend that Priority Pass members try the Jasmine Halal Lounge over the Apricot Business Lounge. If you prefer limited alcohol options or Vietnamese food as your last taste of Vietnam, you may want to stop at the Apricot Business Lounge first, then head to Jasmine Halal Lounge.

Jasmine Halal Lounge’s 2 weakest spots were cold buffet food that should have been warm and a lack of accessible outlets at most seats. However, the seating options for larger families, paired with desserts and juices, made this lounge a winner with my kids.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours of the Jasmine Halal Lounge?

The Jasmine Halal Lounge is open 24 hours daily.

How do I access the Jasmine Halal Lounge?

The Jasmine Halal Lounge is accessible to eligible Priority Pass, LoungeKey, and DragonPass members, as well as cardholders of select international banks. Day rates can be purchased for $43 for adults and $21.50 for children ages 5 to 12.

Where is the Jasmine Halal Lounge located?

The Jasmine Halal Lounge is on level 2 of the international terminal at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City. Turn left after security, and the lounge entrance is past gate 17 and before gates 10 to 14.

What Priority Pass lounges are at SGN?

Eligible Priority Pass members traveling through Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City have access to the Jasmine Halal Lounge and the Apricot Business Lounge in the international terminal and Le Saigonnais Business Lounge in the domestic terminal.
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With years of experience in corporate marketing and with a nonprofit, Keri is now editor-in-chief at UP, overseeing daily content operations and reviewing thousands of UP articles in the process.

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