The Bamboo Experience
Lessons & Workshops • Cooking Classes
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8:30 AM - 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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The Bamboo Experience is a local family run workshop where you will discover Lao culture through bamboo products, activities & Lao foods using bamboo shoot as main ingredients. You will also be connected with our local community to learn about their way of life! To book the class you should contact us one day in advance or at least at 6pm the day before coming to our workshop. We offer two classes per day either daytime 8:30am - 13:30pm (lunch included) and/or evening 16:00pm - 21:00pm (dinner included). We can provide pickup from/to your hotel (to be confirmed when you make the booking).
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Gordon H
Columbus, OH33 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My wife and I had an amazing four hour experience tonight. It started by learning all the uses of bamboo. Then we got to do some weaving. Then we shot bamboo arrows from a bamboo crossbow. Then we learned to make sticky rice in bamboo containers. Then we helped to make dinner. Then we are an amazing meal and we’re entertained by a Hmong musician playing a bamboo instrument that was like bagpipes. We even got to play.

Throughout this four hour experience, we got to know many members of the staff who were delightful and insightful teaching us about how typical Laotians live.

I highly recommend this.
Written January 7, 2020
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Susan B
Newcastle, UK359 contributions
Nov 2019
An interesting morning spent here where we learnt about bamboo production and made our own sticky rice desserts! Our guide Si was great fun and very knowledgeable about the bamboo – and helped us participate in a range of activities including crossbow shooting. Lunch was delicious and dessert was amazing – best sticky rice we had had in Laos. Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 10, 2020
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Cartertravels15
Alton, UK193 contributions
Dec 2019
Our final morning we were collected at about 8 from our hotel and taken to the bamboo experience which is a family run business.First thing was green tea with a bamboo straw.All the different baskets and containers were shown to us and their uses.All shapes and sizes.We were the only ones taking the course but most times a lot more so best to book early.Very pleasant staff who we laughed with when we tried out a crossbow and stilts.We each made a coaster with a lot of help.Next donning aprons was the cookery course.First the rice had to be pounded and the chaff got rid of.The resident chef showed us how sticky rice was cooked having previously been soaked.Banana leaves acted as plates and were used to hold bamboo shoots stuffed with pork.Fish also cooked in banana leaves.We ate at a table and ate the cooked dishes now beautifully decorated with carrot and cucumber flowers.While we ate we were entertained by a man who was from one of the hill tribes and he played a Khene and danced beautifully.Finally the staff showed us the Laos bamboo dance.It requires skillfull feet and moving to the rhythm while 2 other people switch and tap large bamboo poles on the ground and against each other.No we didn't try it!.A brilliant time and great staff,very chatty and friendly.
Written January 27, 2020
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liseepoo
Christchurch, New Zealand38 contributions
Mar 2017 • Business
I (as Wendy Wu Tours) brought a group of New Zealand travel agents to The Bamboo Experience in Luang Prabang and I think we all agreed it was the best thing we did in the area!

The day wasn't just learning about all the uses of bamboo, but a real cultural experience which gave us all an insight into the life of the Lao people. We participated in archery, stilt walking, dancing, bamboo weaving (which is a lot harder than it looks!), cooking (and eating) local food and whiskey all made from bamboo, instrument playing....you name it!

Everything was so much fun and we all learned so much. The people who work at The Bamboo Experience are so kind and gentle and have a wicked sense of humor. We wanted to stay longer!

An experience well worth the time and money - not to be missed!!!
Written March 17, 2017
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Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for your comments and support the local community based workshop in Luang Prabang. We are delighted to hear that you and your companions are enjoyed and have fun and of course great local food (bamboo dishes). We look forward to serve you and your clientele again in the near future. Sincere regards, Somsay and the team
Written March 18, 2017
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Jenny S
15 contributions
Feb 2017
We found The Bamboo Experience on trip advisor and after admiring the amazing things made out of this incredible material was excited to go. The evening different disappoint. The owner picked us up from our guesthouse and took us to his home where we spent hours playing with, eating and learning bamboo. The two boys that looked after us for the night were great fun and taught us about the different kinds of bamboo, showing us instruments, toys, fishing traps and more all made out of bamboo! Then the fun really started. We played games with bamboo, weaved coasters, drank whisky, ate an incredible bamboo meal, played instruments, danced and laughed, A LOT! Great, friendly, knowledgable hosts, who were fun and enthusiastic throughout.

Hats off to Somsay, who has created a unique experience in Luang Prabang and to his two young teachers, the chef and the smiley, weaving instructor who whipped us all up a ring, keyring and deer while we were having dinner.

Written February 27, 2017
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Dear Jenny, Thank you very much for your comment about Bamboo Experience's workshop, it was very nice to meet you, Andy, Thomas and Severine the other day at our place. I hope you will keep the "Experience" in your memory for a long time. I will pass on your comment to my entire team - I am sure they will be very happy to hear this comment :-) Lastly, thank you so much for your support. Kind regards, Somsay and the team
Written February 28, 2017
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I haven’t been everywhere... yet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands360 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We weren't expecting too much from this trip, but OMG were we wrong!!

We were picked up in perfect timing by our guide Somsay (ask for him!) with excellent English and from there on in, we couldn't fault the experience

Professional, friendly, informative, clean...

So much fun preparing lunch, learning about bamboo, playing crossbow and my personal highlight, being taught to weave bamboo by a 69 year old Master bamboo weaver, who is also an ex Monk!!!

It's a slightly slow start, but once you're in the day, you'll wonder where the time went.

All the team at Bamboo Experience were awesome. Good work guys - thanks for some incredible memories that will last a lifetime 👊🏻
Written August 9, 2019
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ExploreFeelGood
Paris, France579 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
The Bamboo Experience... what an experience! Having spent 2 years in Southeast and East Asia, I've seen bamboo used at different occasions indeed, in real life and in museums, but never had I realized bamboo could be used in SO many ways.
The half a day program started with a very detailed explanation of those uses, showing us dozens of objects made of bamboo, and actually telling us what they were made for. The fact that the host used to live in the remote area of Laos where they would use those objects would explain the level of expertise and add authenticity.
Then we could have fun playing some games including archery with bamboo bows, and trying to walk on bamboo sticks.
Came time for the cooking class, using edible bamboo varieties in so many ways again, very impressive. And it was neat to actually take part in the cooking of what we would later eat!
Lunch over, we had a weaving class, and could make our own small bamboo mat.
Once done a Hmong would play a traditional bamboo instrument and dance at the same time
Finally, we were invited to jump bamboo sticks.
Oh and I must say that all the staff is really friendly, and the host speaks an excellent English and loves to make (good) jokes :)
Definitely a wonderful opportunity not to be missed, to learn and have fun on the way (and fill your belly :D)
I've been traveling for years, and I can tell you that this was a very unique experience, and would be a highlight of any trip!
Written April 16, 2018
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Anne W
Hobart, Australia17 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
I was a single traveller in a small group. Over our three days in Luang Prabang we went to the Bamboo Experience twice: once in the evening and once in the morning. On each occasion there were different activities. In the evening visit it was a demonstration of all the things that can be made from bamboo, followed by some bamboo weaving (which was fun) and a very nice dinner. There was also an interesting indigenous musical performance at the end. In the morning it was stilt-walking, archery and sticky-rice making. It was all very pleasant and interesting, with an admirable variety of experiences, and we loved the quiet friendly courtesy of the local people. My one teensy complaint is that it was very hot and the white wine we had with dinner could have been colder.
Written February 8, 2017
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IvanS225
Singapore, Singapore499 contributions
Sep 2016
Interesting visit to the Bamboo Experience! They taught a lot about the various uses of bamboo and rice.

We had a traditional lunch that was set up on a small platform on the floor...

Definitely a good feel of local life!
Written October 8, 2016
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james g
Liverpool, UK3 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
I went there and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, the owner came to collect us and was a very nice man, we drove through the village to get to it which was a very traditional Laos setting. The Bamboo house itself is simply amazing and it is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery you get to see in Luang Prabang, plus it is a family run business which is apparent by how well the staff are together, they instantly make you feel at home and are passionate about what they do. We where there for the sunset which was amazing to see. We got to weave mats, play with a traditional crossbow and even got competitive on bamboo stilts, after dinner and drinks we had music and a special dance which was very fun to take part in. I highly recommend this to anyone with a spare evening, you will not be disappointed.
James
Written June 30, 2016
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