AVSE’s in-class TESOL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh comes with complimentary accommodation for 26 nights. Accommodation is available to our online TESOL students as an optional extra (fees involved).
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 three forms: 1. residential properties owned by AVSE-TESOL; 2. local hotels; and 3. 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, WIFI, a double bed, a wardrobe, desk and chair. Cooking facilities are available in residential properties owned by AVSE-TESOL, but not in the hotels and guest houses. 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, regardless of where your complimentary accommodation is located.
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.
You can check out the complimentary accommodation that AVSE-TESOL offers in Hanoi in a video found here.
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 three, complimentary accommodation options in Ho Chi Minh City – our own residential properties (shared houses), hotels and guest houses. All 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 one of AVSE’s own residential properties, 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: decent air-conditioning, a clean bed, a wardrobe, a desk, a chair and a private bathroom.
You can check out the complimentary accommodation that AVSE-TESOL offers in Ho Chi Minh City in a video found here.
Our Phnom Penh TESOL students stay in a guest house located within a 5-minute walk of the training centre. The guest house 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. The popular Riverside precinct – with an array of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and night-clubs – is also within easy walking distance of the TESOL accommodation in Phnom Penh. In many ways, 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 guest house 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. You will encounter quite a few stairs at the guest house. Stairs are commonplace in older Khmer buildings. If it happens that stairs are a problem for you, simply let AVSE-TESOL know before you arrive and we’ll make a plan that meets your needs. There is an open area on the top floor of the guest house which offers a spectacular view of the city. It’s also a pleasant area for some ‘quiet time’. On the ground floor of the guest house, there’s a brilliant ‘people watching’ area where you can sit while enjoying a Khmer coffee or a cold beer on a balmy Phnom Penh evening. Angkor Draft (beer) comes highly recommended by AVSE-TESOL alumni!
You can check out the complimentary accommodation that AVSE-TESOL offers in Phnom Penh in a video found here.
While the accommodation options for AVSE’s in-class TESOL course in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh are all secure, well-lit and located in areas that are known to be safe, 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 one of our residential properties, 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 accordingly.
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.