Lao Warrior Experience

Become a Lao Warrior for a day

Wishlist
$69.00 per guest

Highlights

  • Experience the real process of making knives from scrap metal from start to finish
  • Enjoy learning from a master blacksmith
  • Choose any type of knife you want, as long as you have a picture, your host will be able to make it if it's not too complex
  • Visit a blacksmith village where most villagers are blacksmiths, a village which almost no tourists visit except for this experience
  • Get to know a local Laotian family and see how they live
  • Bring home a knife you can truly call your own
  • Experience crafting a crossbow with a Hmong Village Elder
  • Learn how to load and shoot crossbows and have a shooting competition with your host
  • Bring home your own disassembled crossbow
  • Learn to craft your own bamboo arrows
  • Experience making traditional bird traps using bamboo
  • Learn how different bird traps work and how they are made
  • Make a bird trap of your choice and bring it home

Inclusive of:

  • Entire Experience and all tools, instruction and raw materials you need
  • An English speaking facilitator
  • Pickup & Dropoff service by tuktuk from your hotel
  • Your own self-made Knife to bring home
  • A disassembled crossbow to bring home
  • A self-made bird trap to bring home
  • Bamboo Arrows
  • All safety equipment including goggles and gloves
  • Lunch and water

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional items in the add-ons section
  • Dinner & Breakfast
5 Out of 5
5 Reviews
Charles Jenkins United States
5
5 Sep, 2017

Fantastic day, truly one of the highlights of my travels so far. The hosts were all very cool, genuine guys, whose skill...

Jamie Hutton Canada
5
22 Aug, 2017

Wow! I give this experience 6 stars out of 5. Phan, Chaisong and Lee were all amazing people. They are masters at thei...

$US 69.00 per guest
10 hours
1 - 6 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

Lao warriors were once the fiercest armies in the region, able to trek and fight effectively in mountainous terrain and atop fearsome elephants. Carrying bamboo tubes full of sticky rice, they were able to move quickly and easily through the tropical jungles. Sticky rice also provided much more energy compared to normal rice, allowing them to carry less for more energy. These warriors made their own knives and other weapons such as crossbows to fight in battles, and they also had to procure their own food, so every one of them were able to hunt, forage, track animals and devise traps to catch animals. In this comprehensive Lao warrior experience you'l be able to feel and understand what being a Lao warrior is like! You'll be crafting your own knives, practicing shooting with a crossbow, crafting a crossbow for yourself and then learning how to build 3 bird traps to catch birds using just bamboo. Itinerary 8:00 am Pick up at hotel 8:30 am Smith your own knife under the guidance of a master blacksmith 12:00pm Lunch (included within the price) 1:00 pm Learn how to shoot a crossbow and craft a personal crossbow 4:00 pm Build your own bird traps 6:00 pm BBQ Dinner (included within the price) *Transport will not be provided back, restaurant in located in town Please kindly note: - Wear long clothes, covered shoes and sunglasses for knife making - Wear comfortable clothes for bird traps and crossbow making - Bring your own bottled water

Additional Information:

  • Pick up will be via a tuktuk
  • Master Blacksmith will be handling the dangerous parts of the process, and anything that you do not feel comfortable doing the master blacksmith will assist you
  • You can bring home the knife you made
  • The default knife does not come with any cover. You can purchase an add-on if you would like a cover
  • The default handle is made of bamboo. You are able to customize the handle by purchasing additional add-ons
  • Wear long clothes, covered shoes and sunglasses for knife making
  • Bring your own bottled water
  • You will be able to bring the knife and crossbow back to your country if the crossbow is disassembled and they are all put in your checkin baggage

Upcoming availability

Your Local Host

Phan and Chaisong and Lee

Phan is a blacksmith and fisherman, Chaisong is an 84 year old crossbow maker and hunter, Lee makes bird traps in the villages! Learn the way of the Lao warriors from the old masters who did it all.

More about the host

5 reviews from people who took this experience

Charles Jenkins United States
5
5 Sep, 2017

Fantastic day, truly one of the highlights of my travels so far. The hosts were all very cool, genuine guys, whose skills and experience were obvious and very impressive. Also despite the language barrier (not too bad, because the young Hmong high school student who was my English-speaking guide/tra... Read more

Jamie Hutton Canada
5
22 Aug, 2017

Wow! I give this experience 6 stars out of 5. Phan, Chaisong and Lee were all amazing people. They are masters at their crafts, it was so impressive to see them work. All three taught me so well, I know I can go back home and continue honing these skills in my backyard. Our guide Som Leth was h... Read more

Sandy Mollys United Kingdom
5
19 Sep, 2015

My 2 little warrior boys had SUCH A BLAST DOING THIS! Warrior obsessed little kids really got to do exactly what they wanted, making knives like a medieval blacksmith, crafting a personal crossbow for themselves and carving their own names onto it, and learning how to make traps for birds! I've trul... Read more

US$ 69.00 per guest
5 Reviews