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- Wear comfortable clothes
- Drinking water
- Pickup is included, please enter your pickup location during checkout
- Pick up will be via a tuktuk
Exceptional experience! Once saw this during one of the traditional festivals where scores of the kaen players will be p...
I was trying out Backstreet's services and tours in order to inspect what they had to offer so that I may see if it woul...
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Originally from XiengKhuang province, Ha Yang came to Luang Prabang with hopes of a better life through education. His passion in the Kaen started when he was 9, when he first learnt the instrument from his father....More about the host
Exceptional experience! Once saw this during one of the traditional festivals where scores of the kaen players will be playing and dancing with their traditional dresses. It was quite a feat to play and do their classic spinning dances at the same time. Great if you're into traditional music or indigenious cultures.
I was trying out Backstreet's services and tours in order to inspect what they had to offer so that I may see if it would be suitable for guests traveling with my tour company to Luang Prabang, Laos. You would think that after living in Laos for the last 6 years that I wouldn't be so interested in some of the courses they offered, but in truth I was so excited that I didn't know which one I wanted try first! Now that I have tried two different courses, Hmong Kaen and Fruit Carving, I am officially hooked! I have done many inspections in my day and I have to say this was one of the best experiences. Backstreet Academy is new to the area and isn't necessarily as much of an oiled machine as some other tour providers in the area are, but that laid back, comfortable feeling adds to the authenticity of experience. You really are meeting master artisans and learning crafts and traditions ages old. Even though I did my classes with my staff, the fact they are small in number only makes the experience more intimate. Most of the classes are only a couple hours and relatively inexpensive, so you can pack two in a day! Even though I immensely enjoyed my experiences, what I love the most is the idea behind what Backstreet is doing with helping to promote traditional artisans share and profit from their crafts. Laos is moving fast into the technological age and in doing so can easily lose sight to the importance of these arts and traditions. Backstreet helping to preserve these and providing a platform for the artisans to share with others is absolutely brilliant. You are not only learning something, you are having a wonderful time and are giving back to the communities you're visiting. It's exceptional! I CAN'T wait for my next class!