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- Pick up will be via a tuktuk
- Journey time from Luang Prabang hotels is around 10-15mins
- There might be other people on the same experience
- Bring your own water
The Facilator Chai was great he looked after us meeting us at our hotel and taking us to the activity, we had a 10 and 1...
Highly recommended. Always wanted to try carving fruits and who knew they offered this in Luang Prabang of all places! D...
Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.
A food and fruit decoration teacher, Mai is from the Northen of Luang Prabang and went to the Luang Prabang vocational trainning school. She was selected to a teacher at Luang Prabang vocational school after her 3 ...More about the host
The Facilator Chai was great he looked after us meeting us at our hotel and taking us to the activity, we had a 10 and 14 year old that enjoyed it.
Highly recommended. Always wanted to try carving fruits and who knew they offered this in Luang Prabang of all places! Definitely wasn't expecting this, but it was quite amazing what i could do with my butter fingers, holding a carving knife for the first time! Mua Yang the host is just crazy good at it and makes everything look so simple until you actually try it. But i still came away with something pretty good at the end of it! The watermelon was such a joy to carve. Looking forward to trying my new found skills on other fruits back home.
We spent a lovely couple of hours sitting in the sun making these edible sculptures with our lovely host (who, by the way, was not the man named on the listing, but instead a very talented and gracious young woman). It helps if you're handy with a scalpel, or have even a modicum of spatial awareness - I possess neither quality, and must have been the biggest dunce she had ever attempted to teach. That said, I still ended up with some passably carved fruit (much helped by the teacher). Carving is much more in my husband's skill set, and he really enjoyed it... I shall expect carrot-roses garnishing every meal from now on! Backstreet Academy is a lovely way to spend time with local people, and this would be a great activity if you want to add some flair to your next dinner party.
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!