Coconut Carving Class

Carving Your Own Souvenir

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$16.00 per guest
Hosted by Khean Savon

Highlights

  • Experience first hand how to carve ear rings, key rings or necklaces made from coconut shells under the guidance of your local host
  • Admire & appreciate up close the naturally occurring patterns on the surface of coconut
  • You will have made a unique one-of-a-kind set of souvenir for yourself or family and friends back home
  • Introduce a change in pace to your trip and enjoy this a fun and relaxing workshop

Inclusive of:

  • All equipment, tools and materials necessary for the workshop
  • Coconut carvings to take home with you
  • English speaking facilitator

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Siem Reap (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
4.9 Out of 5
10 Reviews
Kate k Cambodia
5
15 Sep, 2018

Great Experience Fantastic teacher Really nice to be able to try a local skill Thank :)

Randi devine
5
10 Jul, 2018

Everything best! Thank you very much

$US 16.00 per guest
1.5 hours
1 - 4 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

The coconut tree, a treasured tropical plant from the palm family, has a great cultural significance among the local people in Cambodia. Nearly all of the tree is used to create things of value. The tree trunk is used as wood for furnitures, the leaves to make farming hats and thatched roofs, the husk of the coconut as coir fiber to make door mats and mattresses, the flesh of the fruit as milk to be used in almost all Khmer dishes and desserts, the coconut water to cool you down on a hot tropical day, and the coconut shell, well the shell has a more ornamental role, to make beautifully carved keyrings and household ornaments. The coconut shells are sturdy, but more importantly they possess a beautiful grain pattern that make them so endearing to the eyes. Select a design of your choice, or create your own design on a piece of paper. This design is then pasted onto the shell that has been cut into half. Under the guidance of the instructor, you then begin to use interesting yet simple tools to carve out the outline of your design. And before you know it, you will be expertly carving tiny corners and curves of the keyring and finish the piece yourself. You end with a rustic polish finish. Make a gift, or make create a souvenir you can proudly call your own, this hands on course is a classic Cambodian must do.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time
  • You also have the option to be picked up. Simply select this option from the add-on section
  • Bringing a bottle of water is recommended

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Your Local Host

Khean Savon

After the civil war in Cambodia was over, much had to restart their lives. Mrs Khean was fortunate and did not have to look far for work. Working with her carpenter husband, she helped out with the carving. Eventua...

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10 reviews from people who took this experience

Kate k Cambodia
5
15 Sep, 2018

Great Experience Fantastic teacher Really nice to be able to try a local skill Thank :)

Randi devine
5
10 Jul, 2018

Everything best! Thank you very much

me tam Cambodia
5
14 Sep, 2017

My son of 13 and I took the coconut carving class. We went there in the morning while the rest of the family was still asleep. We made three keychains each, which turned out really nice. Part of the work is done by the craftsman, and there was always an English speaking lady with us. We both had a fun morning.

Meta Meulenbelt-Hörz Netherlands
5
23 Aug, 2017

My son (13) and I are always early birds. My husband and daughter stayed in the apartment, and we went to the coconut carving workshop in the morning. We had great fun working on the keyrings. We each made three (could pick out the designs).

Peter murphy Cambodia
4
28 Jan, 2016

My partner and I took 2 separate courses in the same day organised through Backstreet Academy. Using the site is really easy. It's intuitive and very simple. No problems there. We decided to do the copper bracelet making (from metal to masterpiece) in the morning and the coconut carving in the afternoon. Both courses delivered what they said they would do in terms of the outcome. However the experiences themselves were quite different. In the coconut carving we were warmly welcomed. Of the 3 hosts that we had only one spoke very good English. However this was not a problem. She was excellent at making sure we had everything that we needed and that we understood what we needed to do. We were expecting to come away with a keyring made from coconut shell which we had carved and we actually came away with 3 each. Excellent value for money and based in a communal space where a number of different activities could be seen and participated in. Very worthwhile. The copper bracelet making however was a bit of a different story. The course was supposed to take 3.5 hours. We were there for a little over an hour. We both left having bashed out a design on a piece of copper that became a bracelet. However the host was very impatient (this wasn't the lady advertised as it is a family business. We think probably her son) and kept taking over. We were also sat outside a silver shop for our tuition so anyone coming to the store could just stand over our sholders and watch which when you're trying to do something fiddly is very disconcerting. Overall the experience felt rushed and impersonal. The end product was good and we have a nice momento of our time in Siem Reap. I want to finish by saying that we wouldn't hesitate to use the site again and would recommend to others. Especially if you are I Siem Reap. Please check out the Angkor Handicrafts Association. It's a not for profit organisation that allows local people to make, sell and show others how to make their crafts. Doing brilliant work and we really enjoyed it.

US$ 16.00 per guest
10 Reviews