The waiting area at the international terminal of Tan Son Nhatairport has been recently expanded with a 100-square-metre sleeping zone equipped with long wooden chairs and 20 sleeping loungers that anyone can use for free. Those who need more privacy can pay $7 USD an hour to use one of ten mini sleeping rooms. The rooms have alarm systems so that users do not miss their flights. Each sleeping room is four square metres and can accommodate an adult and a child under seven years old. Drinking water and cold towels are part of the package. The airport has also opened a kids’ zone of 40 square metres with slides.
The new facilities were opened on 26 October after the Airports Corporation of Vietnam spent VND1.5 trillion ($67.2 million) on the first phase of the terminal’s expansion. The second phase of the expansion is expected to cost VND787 billion and finish this year, raising the terminal’s capacity from the current 10 million to 13 million passengers a year. There is also a new range of convenience stores selling food, drinks and souvenirs from less than $1 apiece.