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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
I did two backstreet academy classes; the trap making and the knife making. Both I was delighted with and would recommen...
I went off for a day by myself to do some of these courses while my girlfriend went to a spa. I have been travelling for...
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Siaye is 65 years old now and used to live very high up on the mountain, about 4 hours walk from the nearest road. Making bird traps is something that he loves to do after working in the farm and he is willing to t...More about the host
I did two backstreet academy classes; the trap making and the knife making. Both I was delighted with and would recommend to anyone. For the cost of the service you get an expert instructing you who speaks poor English. A freindly English student acting as a translator and can also give insight into his own village life. A tuktuk to and from your hotel and all materials which of course you get to keep. The trap making was very fun and I definitely felt like I was being taught a dying art as so few people can now make snares. The first one was simple to make and both were made entirely of bamboo, whilst the second was more complex and he needed to do bits and bobs of but I still felt involved. You do not trap any animals. The knife making was equally amazing. It must be noted that for a single person you hop on the back of a moped to get there (you have a full face helmet and my guide, Oun, drove very carefully) The actual knife making was quite labour intensive but any man will enjoy hitting red hot iron with a giant hammer and having sparks fly everywhere and slowly seeing your knife form! Heath and Safety was a little bit questionable, we used a an angle grinder to sharpen the knife, but I came home with ten fingers and I'm sure anything you don't feel comfortable with you can get them to do. Overall I'm dead chuffed with my knife and my bird traps and both look so much better knowing I actually made them. A big thank you to Oun and Lou, my friendly guides. I must do when you're in Luangprabang.
I went off for a day by myself to do some of these courses while my girlfriend went to a spa. I have been travelling for months and this is by far my favourite day so far. I did the blacksmithing and the bird trap making. Both hosts were extremely kind men and really took their time to show you their art. For me the bird trap making was the best. I'm not a hunter or trapper or wish any harm to animals at all but to be taught how these trap were made genuinely felt like I was being given a gift. Just so you know you don't actually trap any birds. I strongly recommend these courses and if the calibre is the same across all of the classes you will not be disappointed with any of them.
Making traps! How cool is that! We live in the Mid-West so we often go hunting and camping. This experience was super cool! We learnt a number of traps the Lao people use to catch birds, and I'm sure i can create it again back home!! Never thought I'd have such a unique experience here in touristy touristy Luang Prabang where tourists outnumber locals.