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Backstreet Academy

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milliesmum2016 wrote a review Feb 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand1,802 contributions293 helpful votes
I can't recommend Backstreet Academy enough, really. This company offers fantastic opportunities to experience local life and customs and meet some local people who are simply willing to share their lives with you for a while. I went to meet a local family to learn about Lao cooking at their home and at Phousi Market. I had such a great time with them, cooking and discussing food and cookery. We started out at the market with a shopping list based on our lunch menu and then went home to cook in their wonderful outdoor kitchen. Hard work, it was too -all over open flame with lots of chopping and pounding to be done. Then we ate the fruits of our labour washed down with LaoLao. Transport was included to and from my accommodation, as was an emailed copy of the recipes we made. But this is only one of the options Backstreet offer. There is a whole suite of differnt activities to choose from they operate out of other countries as well as Laos. The one criticism I have is that, as a solo traveller, I did feel penalised because some of the activities depended on their being at least two of you, to operate. Thsi applied particularly to overnight type activies, where accommodation was involved. The really nice thing about Backstreet, though, is that you can be sure that your money really going to assist local families, as opposed to some off-shore business venture with no vested interest in the local community.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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csabisch wrote a review Feb 2020
Poestenkill, New York40 contributions9 helpful votes
Our son participated in the wooden cross bow crafting experience and it was a trip highlight for him. The company was very quick to reply to our inquiry and request to book a session the same day. The experience was very well organized and he was so excited to have created his very own, functioning cross bow to take home as a remembrance of his visit to Laos. The company also quickly replied when we struggled to disassemble the bow to fit it in the suitcase.... even offering to stop by the hotel if needed to assist. We cannot say enough good things about this experience or company. If visiting Luang Prabang with ‘boys’ of all ages, highly recommend this experience!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Andy wrote a review Jan 2020
Stoke Hammond, United Kingdom23 contributions3 helpful votes
We went on the evening food tour in Luang Prabang. Our guide Lue was very good, telling us about Lao cuisine, life in his village and the Lao way of life. The spicy wood casserole was a little too ‘acquired taste’ for us but otherwise a good tour at a very reasonable price.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Cliffy28 wrote a review Jan 2020
Halton Hills, Canada33 contributions1 helpful vote
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Had the best time with the knife making program in Luang Prabang. Guide spoke good English, and we both taught eachother new words to expand our knowledge. Master blacksmith was so nice, helpful, and showed me lots and treated me with respect as well. Went there with the mentality of making my own knife, not just watching someone do it and it paid off. Would recommend to anyone as an amazing take home from Laos.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Holiday8464 wrote a review Sep 2019
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions23 helpful votes
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We went on a Hmong vegetarian cooking class. Our guide from backstreet academies spoke excellent English. We went to home about 30 min from the Luang Prabang. We cooked a 5 course lunch, food was fabulous. But what was even better was seeing the wood stove, the arduous task of cooking and the beautiful family, we met them all. House was a small steep hill, chooks, children and loving families!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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