AVSE’s in-class TESOL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh comes with complimentary accommodation for 25 nights. Accommodation is also available for our online TESOL students if they choose to complete the practical part of their course in Vietnam or Cambodia.
Our complimentary accommodation options in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh are all located within a 5 to 10-minute walk of the training centre. The accommodation comes in two forms: 1. local hotels; and 2. local guest houses. Accommodation that’s provided by AVSE-TESOL is representative of what you will find in a developing country.
Each trainee is allocated a furnished bedroom and a private bathroom. In some buildings the private bathroom might be immediately outside the bedroom, rather than being a full ensuite. It’s the ‘luck of the draw’. The facilities and fixtures in each bedroom typically include: air conditioning, a small refrigerator, WIFI, a double bed, a wardrobe, desk and chair. Cooking facilities are not available in the hotels and guest houses that AVSE uses to provide accommodation. Having said this, local street food is cheap, abundant and right up there with the best you’ll find in Southeast Asia. Laundry facilities are readily available.
Let’s look at the TESOL complimentary accommodation in more detail, city by city.
If you opt to do the TESOL course in Hanoi, you’ll stay in a local guest house just around the corner from the training centre. It literally takes no more than 5 minutes to walk from the complimentary accommodation to the AVSE-TESOL building. You will need to cross two local roads, but neither is especially busy. The terrain is relatively flat. All rooms at the guest house in Hanoi are comfortable, well-decorated and they have lots of natural light. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. The guest house has a terrific rooftop terrace where you can relax at the end of the day with a quiet beer or your drink of choice. The terrace offers a lovely view of the local neighbourhood and it’s a great spot for ‘people watching’. No matter where you are in Vietnam, there’s always something interesting to see.
Ho Chi Minh City
The AVSE-TESOL training centre in Ho Chi Minh City is in Go Vap District, around 40 minutes by taxi, motorbike or bus from the downtown area. AVSE-TESOL has two, complimentary accommodation options in Ho Chi Minh City – hotels and guest houses. Both options are within a 10-minute walk of the training centre and in the same neighbourhood. The accommodation is surrounded by local families going about everyday life and small, one or two person shops and food stalls selling everything you could possibly need. The terrain is flat and consequently prone to flooding during the wet season. The good news is, as quickly as it floods, the water dissipates and within 15 minutes or so after the downpour stops, life gets back to normal. Regardless of whether you stay in a local hotel or a guest house while doing the TESOL course in Ho Chi Minh City, all rooms are comfortable and contain the key necessities.
Our Phnom Penh TESOL students stay in a hotel located within a 10-minute walk of the training centre. The hotel is surrounded by banks, restaurants, bars, laundry services, phone shops and other small, family-owned businesses selling everything that mankind has ever wanted or needed. You can walk from the hotel to the popular Riverside Precinct in less than 15 minutes. Phnom Penh (and greater Cambodia) is like one big marketplace, although the city is substantially smaller than AVSE’s two other TESOL destinations, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The TESOL accommodation in Phnom Penh is clean and comfortable. Rooms contain the important fixtures and fittings including air-conditioning, a decent bed, a desk, a chair and suchlike. There is a bar and restaurant area on the ground floor of the hotel, that’s great for ‘people watching’. It’s also a pleasant area for some ‘quiet time’.
While the accommodation options for AVSE’s in-class TESOL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh are all secure and well-lit, like anywhere else in the world, it pays to be vigilant. Basic safety measures include: 1. being accompanied by a classmate when you go out at night; 2. avoid using your cell-phone when walking or standing in the street; and 3. if you must carry a bag, ensure it has a long strap so you can place it across your body rather than just over one shoulder.
Importantly, in the lead-up to your TESOL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh, make sure you reach out to AVSE-TESOL staff in the event you have a preference to be placed in a hotel or a guest house. If we know about your accommodation preference at least 14 days before the scheduled start date of your study programme, there is a high chance we’ll be able to meet your needs. Moreover, in the event you do not require AVSE-TESOL to provide accommodation, let us know at least 14 days before your course begins and we’ll reduce your fee in accordance with the provisions of our Service Agreement.
Most importantly, embrace the experience and enjoy your TESOL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Phnom Penh (or online)! It really is a once in a lifetime experience.