The Academy Training Hotel and Restaurant Opens
The Academy Training Hotel and Restaurant in Vang Vieng opened in April 2021 and is now welcoming guests for overnights stays, meals and hosting meetings and workshops.
The Academy is part of Vientiane Province Technical College, offering students of tourism and hospitality programmes 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 Academy’s Hotel
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.
The Academy’s Restaurant
Chef Serge Selbe, owner of Vientiane’s Pimenton 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 in 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 utilise 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 Academy and Responsible Tourism
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 students with 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 / workshop here and support the develop of these young students? Your patronage of The Academy will support training and encourage students reach their full potential and become providers in their families and to have a brighter future.
The Academy and COVID-19
The Academy will of course be following Government guidelines regarding good practices for health and safety, including guidance provided at provincial level. With the ever-changing situation, please get in touch with The Academy prior to visiting to check on what services are available at that time.
Contacting The Academy
The Academy Training Hotel & Restaurant, Vang Vieng, Laos
Telephone: +856 30 522 1052
The Academy Training Hotel and Restaurant is supported of the Skills for Tourism (LAO/029) Project, co-financed by the Governments of Lao PDR, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Switzerland, and implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao PDR and the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency (LuxDev).