Sophomore of Tourism: Honor Training Program for Cognitive Practice in Thailand in 2019

(Van Lang, September 3rd 2019) “A truly meaningful cognitive training trip” – this is the common feedback of Honor Training class members who are the Van Lang University’s sophomores of Tourism after returning from a five- day internship in Thailand.

In order to improve the experience of the hotel and tourism operation activities, the Van Lang University’s sophomores of Fourism Faculty who are attending the Honor Training Program had a chance to take part in a cognitive practice trip in Thailand organized by the Faculty. The trip which lasted 5 days from August 25th to August 29th 2019 was a learning content of the subject “Cognitive Practice” taught by M.S. Ho Tran Vu at Van Lang University.

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The goal of the cognitive practice trip is to increase tourism experience in one of the most developed tourism countries - Thailand, learning professional skills from the senior tour guides and hotel staff. Five days in Thailand helped the students become more aware of their career. There were 48 members in the trip, including 16 students of Hotel Management and 32 students of Tourism and Service Management.

Journey on the country of smiles

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A study trip about Thai tourism with all the class members in Thailand may be once-in-a-life-time experience; all the students took advantage to enjoy the trip at their best. After finishing the entry formalities, the students met and then started to learn from the local tour guide for 5 days at famous places in Thailand.

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Places such as: Tiger Zoo; Pattaya City with Walking Street, Khao Chee Chan Buddha – where the statue of Golden Buddha laser carved and inlayed with gold on Khao Chee Chan Cliff; Silver Lake vineyard. Ending the 2nd day was the Colosseum Show – one of the most famous and magnificent musical performed by transsexual dancers; Pattaya Floating Market – quite similar to Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho of Vietnam; temple of the Golden Buddha. All the members had a chance to have lunch buffet at 5-star Baiyoke Sky Restaurant which has 86 floors – a wonderful place for panoramic view of Bangkok City. After that, they also took a boat ride on Chaopraya River, watching the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun).

Vlu Sophomore of tourism Honor Training Program in Thailand cColosseum Show – a special art stage has been exploited as a tourism specialty in Thailand. The show has not only Thai artistic productions but also traditional songs highlighting national identity of some neighboring countries of Thailand, including Vietnamese songs.

Vlu Sophomore of tourism Honor Training Program in Thailand dKhao Chee Chan Buddha – The Buddha statue was inlaid with 999kg of 24K gold. Everyone in the group could not help but admired the amount of gold used for a tourist destination and respected the Thai for their worship of Buddhism.

Vlu Sophomore of tourism Honor Training Program in Thailand eBaiyoke Sky Restaurant is a place that cannot be missed when visiting Thailand, especially Bangkok,… A photo of a corner of Bangkok City viewed from the 78th floor.

Vlu Sophomore of tourism Honor Training Program in Thailand jVan Lang University’s students of Honor Training program took souvenir photos at Pullman Hotel – Thailand. Here, the Tourism students visited and received in-depth instructions on professional skills of hotel staff.

Vlu Sophomore of tourism Honor Training Program in Thailand fOn the fourth evening before returning home, Mr. Vu gathered students into groups to review and ask each member about what they had learned in the past few days.

Through the trip, the members not only visited some famous landmarks, experienced travel services and enjoyed the cuisine in Thailand, but also learned a lot from the way Thai people did tourism. Each member wants VLU to offer more interesting and rewarding learning opportuinities for students. The first oversea trip of the whole class was truly a cognitive training practice!

Tran Huong Tra
K24 Sophomore of Tourism - Honor Training Program

Translated by: Thanh Thao
Edited by: Ngoc Thanh

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