Crossbow Making Workshop

With a Local Hunter

$21.00 per guest
1 - 4 guests 3 hours
Hosted by Ban Om


  • Experience first hand how to create your own crossbow under the expert guidance of your local instructor
  • Learn how crossbows and other tools were used by local Khmer farmers to catch 'game' in the countryside
  • Experience the thrill of shooting your crossbow with real arrows once you have completed crafting yours
  • Get a glimpse of the often unseen countryside if you choose to opt for the countryside venue from the add-on section below
  • Enjoy a relaxing and fun workshop in this unique activity with locals

Inclusive of:

  • All equipment, tools and materials necessary for the workshop
  • Light refreshments
  • Crossbow 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
18 Reviews
Jauntea Maxey United States
17 Jul, 2019

Mr. Ann and Malish, his translator were so kind. We had a blast making crossbows. The location is near the Phare Circus ...

9 Jan, 2019

We will come back to seam reap and repeat for sure!!!

$US 21.00 per guest
3 hours
1 - 4 guests
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

The ethnic hill tribes in Khmer used to be hunter-gatherers and the crossbow is an integral weapon in their culture as the main tool used for hunting. Crafted from the strongest bamboo and wood, these crossbows are capable of shooting further than your eyes can see in the jungle with your accuracy the only impediment to scoring a hit. Armed with self-crafted bamboo arrows, the hunters able to shoot with remarkable accuracy and feed their tribes. Now you can join our Khmer crossbow-maker in crafting your own personal crossbow! Made from 1 single block of wood and 1 piece of smoked bamboo then strung together by thick twine, your crossbow can be disassembled for easy transportation back home. Make sure you pay attention to how it is assembled though so you can do it on your own back home! Besides making your crossbow, spend a nice time challenging with your host to an archery duel and see if you can win!

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
  • Wearing comfortable clothing is recommended
  • Bringing a bottle of water is recommended
  • This is a kid friendly activity

Upcoming availability

Monday, September 23
Tuesday, September 24
Wednesday, September 25

Your Local Host

Ban Om

My name is Ban. I'm from Kror Bey Real village. Most of people from my village like keeping our handcraft from our ancestors and keep it for sharing to our next generation. Making kite is the popular activity for ...

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18 reviews from people who took this experience

Jauntea Maxey United States
17 Jul, 2019

Mr. Ann and Malish, his translator were so kind. We had a blast making crossbows. The location is near the Phare Circus so if you do the course at 2pm you are done at about 5pm or however long it takes you to make the cross bow (we finished at about 445pm. You have a couple hours before the circus starts at 8pm (sold separately). So it was super convenient. Mr. Ann was super patient with us. You don’t need to know what you are doing and if you make a mistake it is easily corrected. Fun for all ages and when we booked it was just the two of us. The majority of the money you pay goes to the artisan and a portion goes to the interpreter and to Backstreet. As far as I know this is the safest way to book the class. I highly recommend it. In fact we also did the woodcarving class!

9 Jan, 2019

We will come back to seam reap and repeat for sure!!!

Kathy Maling
21 Nov, 2018

Our 9 and 11 year old boys did this and loved it. The cross bows look really good and work well. Our boys needed a bit of help but this activity would suit all ages. Really worth while and highly recommended.

Homan Kwong Singapore
20 Sep, 2018

It has been a uniquely wonderful experience for our family on our last day of our 10-day trip. I only stumbled onto Backstreet Academy while searching activities for kids the day before our activity. And as soon as I saw the the two activities, cross Making and rattan basket weaving (which I will write about separately), I knew my 9 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter would love it (ha ha, even though I was hoping to the whole family would go rice farming which is another activity). And it turned out that the morning was well and meaningfully spent. My son was given the opportunity to chisel, hammer and sand a long piece of wood with the help of the host. Of course we were not skilled enough to make it all by ourselves, but just seeing the host skillfully go through each step was amazing enough! And of course the most exciting part was the test shooting at the very end. And apart from a a very small pin-size nail, all the parts (shaft, limbs, trigger, string, dart+fletching) use some sort of wood and bamboo!! I am sure both kids and 40-yr old "kids" would love it. I really wish more and more travellers, especially those with family, will know about Backstreet Academy since it is a trul rewarding experience - while we get to learn about a skill, we are able to make the tiniest contribution to the local craftsmen! Highly highly recommended!

Grab Backpack Denmark
19 Sep, 2018

Great experience! I am so glad we did this.My 10 year old son made a crossbow while I made a copper bracelet . It was a highlight of our trip and we would use Backstreet Academy again!

18 Reviews
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