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Ho Chi Minh City

school location Still referred to by locals and expatriates as Saigon,H.C.M is an incredibly vibrant city where the new is on a rapid collision course with the old. Many people speak English and the culture shock is minimal when compared with China.

 

The French influence is evident in many aspects of Vietnamese culture and is very noticeable with baguette/sandwich stalls at most street corners, coffee bars lining the street at each and every turn and the abundance of patisseries and bakeries. Combine this with the constant background noise of motorbikes and sound systems, as well as the heat and humidity, and it gives the city an energy unique to South East Asia. Just don’t forget the earplugs!

 

 

 

 


 

 

The city is divided into around 15 districts and a few of them have their own distinctive feel. District 5 (Chinatown) caters to the large Chinese expat and business community with traditional Chinese massage, medicine and market stores a common sight. District 1 (downtown) and the backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao allows one the opportunity to sample food from all over the world or pick up a pirated paperback. There are top quality restaurants and delis that serve everything from Lebanese falafel and Spanish tapas to Indian tikka. The city also has some interesting museums and architecture, showing the horrors of the Vietnam War and the many different stages of Vietnam’s history.

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Travel opportunities around the city abound and the variety of places to visit caters to the needs of most. There are the beach resorts of Vung Tau and Mui Ne, 2.5 and 5 hrs away by bus respectively. Mui Ne is one of the worlds top kite surfing destinations, but the beach is quiet enough at most times of the year with superb seafood and beachside accommodation catering to all budgets. The Mekong Delta is a few hours south of Saigon and it’s possible to spend a few nights on the banks of this mighty Asian giant as it winds its way to the coast. Tours can be arranged where one can spend the evening with a local family and experience the way of life and how people have lived and made the river their home for centuries.

The town of Dalat lies about 5 hrs north of Saigon and is a bohemian getaway with a cooler climate due to the mountains and parks in and around the town. It is very popular with Vietnamese lovers and honeymooners and offers one a break from the hustle and bustle of life in Saigon.

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At Aston Vietnam we offer a variety of courses which differ slightly from our Chinese schools. We have an extensive adult general English program, adult speaking and listening classes, as well as Backpack and Aston elite kids English. We also offer TOEFL iBT, TOEIC and IELTS test preparation courses.

There is a very experienced team of Vietnamese and foreign staff working to grow and build Aston in this country and all of our foreign staff has worked with Aston in some capacity in China. It is a challenge in that most of the staff are new to the Aston system but this provides the platform for an open exchange of ideas and everyone is buying into the vision that we have for Vietnam, and our goal to become the Kids English Experts.

 

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We currently have three locations in Ho Chi Minh City. Our 1st location is fairly central and has around 600 students. Our 2nd school, situated near the airport, had its opening classes in August 2008 and has around 500 students. Our 3rd location is in district 3, about 10 minute-walk to the city center, open in April 2009 and has around 200 students.

As we are building the Aston brand in Vietnam there will be plenty of opportunity for teachers to progress to management positions and/or move to other schools in different parts of the city and eventually the country.

All in all Vietnam is a truly unique Asian travel destination. We look forward to answering any further questions you may have and welcoming you to a truly fascinating part of the world. Feel free to email Mr Minh at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and he’ll be happy to give you further information.

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