Flying High On Coffee

Although we’re living in an age of budget airlines, interminable delays and security checks, even planes going missing, we still seem to find romance in the idea of air travel.

Photo: Luu Ngoc Tuan

Just look around at the check-in counters at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport any day of the week and you’ll see the ladies done up in their Sunday best ready to fly back to the provinces.

Photo: Luu Ngoc Tuan

For some, it’s the idea of packing an overnight bag and jetting off to a far-flung exotic destination on a whim, leaving all those worries behind. For others, it’s about the machinery. How those big lumps of tin carrying everybody’s duty-free get off the ground, still fascinates us.


Looking for a date idea? And love the romance of air travel? Then, why not hit one of the cafes under the flight path at the end of the runway at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Saigon and feel the exhilaration of jets coming in to land and taking off.

Photo: Luu Ngoc Tuan

On the rooftop of Cafe San Thuong 111, you can actually see the pilots in the cockpit, you’re that close. In the evenings, things get more romantic when the sun dips below the horizon, the cool breeze picks up and the runway lights flicker (fade in Take My Breath Away song).

Photo: Luu Ngoc Tuan

Photography buffs and plane spotting nerds might be best to go to Cafe Ngam May Bay for the most optimal lighting to capture the aircrafts through a lens. After that, you can go to the aptly-named Mile High Club Lounge next door. No you can’t, just kidding.

Cafe San Thuong 111 is at 185-189 Quang Trung Street, Go Vap District, HCMC. For more info on Cafe Ngam May Bay, click HERE

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