The Academe Training Hotel and Restaurant
T he Academy Training Hotel and Restaurant in Vang Vieng has recently opened and is now welcoming guests for overnight stays, meals, and hosting meetings and workshops.
The Academy is part of Vientiane Province Technical College, offering students of tourism and hospitality programs a unique practical training environment in the heart of Vang Vieng. Staffed by students, these budding young professionals are overseen by their teachers and an international management team while developing their core skills and preparing to enter the workforce.
While guests experience The Academy as a unique hotel and restaurant offering delicious food with enthusiastic staff, it’s much more than that – this really is all about education. By staying and dining here, it allows students to acquire skills and knowledge more directly linked to their future.
Developed to provide a “real-world” hotel environment The Academy provides students with a unique practical training opportunity using a fully integrated teaching and learning education approach. Students are prepared to become future hospitality workers, providing the industry with a cohort of well-trained, enthusiastic graduates.
The hotel, with rooms available from 150,000 LAK per night, offers six guest bedrooms that blend style and comfort with simplicity. Each bedroom has a private balcony and is equipped with A/C, LCD TV, WiFi, minibar, complimentary tea/coffee making facilities, and ensuite bathroom, with the price including breakfast as well. Not only will you get a comfortable night’s sleep in one of the charming bedrooms, but you will sleep soundly in the knowledge that your money (and your time) spent in The Academy is contributing to the futures of the young people working here.
Chef Serge Selbe, the owner of Vientiane’s Pimentón Restaurant and a professional with over 30 years of industry experience, has been working with the teachers and students to set up a delicious fusion menu blending international and local produce, combining fresh ingredients, native herbs, and spices to create innovative yet simple dining options. Just by sleeping and eating delicious food here, you are contributing directly to supporting educational opportunities for young Lao students!
With the current border closures and lack of international tourist arrivals, The Academy is looking to supplement the domestic visitors and utilize its fully equipped meeting facilities for hosting Government, Embassies, NGOs, and corporate workshops. Only a one-hour highway drive from Vientiane, The Academy offers a delightful spot to host your upcoming training workshop or meeting.
The essence of responsible tourism is not just that it does no harm, but that it enhances the destination for the benefit of local communities and tourists alike. The Academy attempts to do this by offering an international quality hotel and restaurant, while at the same time enhancing the practical skills of the students, many of which are from poor family backgrounds. This practical training and experience provides the students with the key foundational skills they need to embark on a professional career in tourism and hospitality – one that can provide for themselves and their families, and as is often the case in Laos, supports younger siblings to be able to continue their own education.
So why not look to host your next meeting or workshop here and support the development of these young students? Your patronage of The Academy will support training and encourage students to reach their full potential and become providers in their families and have a brighter future.
The Academy Training Hotel & Restaurant,
tel.: +856 30 522 1052,
TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHS BY Skill for Tourism Project (Lao/029)