Hmong Kaen Experience

with local Hmong Musician

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$18.50 per guest
Hosted by Sengxoing Yang

Highlights

  • Experience playing the complex and haunting music of the Hmong Khaen
  • Learn the dance that comes with the playing of the Khaen
  • Understand the background and music of the Hmong's main instrument

Inclusive of:

  • Entire experience, all instruments and instruction you need
  • Learning of 3 songs

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional purchases
  • Food and drinks
5 Out of 5
2 Reviews
Tony Fernandez Philippines
5
10 Sep, 2017

Exceptional experience! Once saw this during one of the traditional festivals where scores of the kaen players will be p...

nicb Long Laos
5
27 Aug, 2017

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...

$US 18.50 per guest
2 hours
1 - 3 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

The Hmong khaen is a type of traditional musical instrument exclusive to the Hmong tribe. It is made with a number of bamboo string together to form a pipe where you blow through the mouthpiece and create music by covering the 6 holes like most wind instruments. The Hmong Kaen is traditionally used in folk festivals and celebrations by the Hmong people, and the people usually dance while they play the instrument. It is often used during New year celebrations and also during funerals where the Hmongs believe the sound from the kaen is necessary to send the spirits to the heaven. On a more playful note, Hmong boys were keen to learn the instrument as it could be an important edge to win a girlfriend in the past. This course will teach you 3 songs, mainlly the new year song, the funeral hymn and also the courtship song, even the dance if you're up to it! Note: Bring your own drinking water

Additional Information:

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Drinking water
  • Pickup is included, please enter your pickup location during checkout
  • Pick up will be via a tuktuk

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Your Local Host

Sengxoing Yang

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....

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2 reviews from people who took this experience

Tony Fernandez Philippines
5
10 Sep, 2017

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.

nicb Long Laos
5
27 Aug, 2017

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!

US$ 18.50 per guest
2 Reviews