Have you ever wondered what life was like in Laos before the advent of technology? Experience traditional Lao life by going back to the basics!
In this hands-on Backstreet Academy special, we bring you to the rice fields where the lifeblood of the Lao people begins. Try the 14 stages of planting rice, right from the selecting of grain, plowing the land with a buffalo, all the way to harvesting and of course the best part of it: eating them! Enjoy rice made in a variety of innovative ways paired with the essential Jeow Bong - a chilli made with buffalo skin, giving it a very fragrant smoky flavour that goes exceptionally well with sticky rice.
Set inside a real farm, you will get breathtaking views of endless rice fields, majestic limestone cliffs in the distance, as well as check out the organic garden where many herbs are grown!
After farming, we will head to a bird traps workshop with a Hmong hunter. Bird traps were invented hundreds of years ago by Hmong people, because at that time people live very high up on the mountain where there are lots of birds. They created these as a tool for hunting and also keep the birds from eating the few crops that could be grown high up in the mountains. In this course you'll be able to choose 1 out of 3 types of traps to learn and the instructor will guide you through each step on how to make them!
To cap your day off , we bring you for a grand black smithing experience where you can make your own knives, under the guidance of a master blacksmith. Try building a fire with a hand-held wind machine, hammer the blade into submission, sharpen it before finally slotting it into a bamboo handle to proudly call your own, exactly the same way Lao people did it hundreds of years ago.
8 am Pickup at your hotel to the rice farm
12pm Leave rice farm for lunch at a local noodle soup shop (Lunch is included within the price)
1pm Leave for bird traps crafting
3pm Head for knife making and back to your hotel around 6:30pm or 7pm