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About Backstreet Academy
Explore Vietnamese culture through our exclusive collection of travel experiences - learn to make lanterns, go on food tours and even fishing. The backstreets offer the richest interaction with the culture and people of a place. Immerse yourself in the de facto Vietnamese experience where the local backdrop retains its integrity and originality and discover a side of the city you never knew.
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Knife Making in Traditional Blacksmith Village

Nestled in Kien Hung Commune, Ha Dong Town, Hanoi, the small, but prestigious village ? Da Sy has a long - standing history of forging profession. Historically, two blacksmith ancestors of the profession were Nguyen Thuat and Nguyen Thuan who came to the village several hundred years ago, and taught forging technics for locals. During wars in Vietnam, the village was the main source supporting weapons for Vietnam military. However, when peace returned to Viet Nam 40 years ago, the Da Sy people returned to making to agricultural implements such as ploughs, rakes and machinery parts or kitchen implements.
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3 hours
from $36.38

Fishing on the Mekong with a local fisherman

Savvy visitors to Cambodia love eating the traditional seafood caught by local fishermen on the riverbanks of the Mekong. This boat ride and fishing lesson offers a more hands-on experience by teaching travelers to catch their own fish before an onboard chef uses their catch to prepare a delicious meal. This tour is the perfect activity for anyone looking for a more immersive dining experience.
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210 to 240 minutes
from $32.10

Pottery workshop: Handmade with Angkor Designs

Make your own gift for someone special back home, or handcraft a souvenir of your own design. On this roughly two-hour workshop for young and old alike, create your own sun-baked pots, vases and more, all from scratch, with the wide array of sculpting tools provided. Work from instructions or follow your own inspiration, with personalized guidance from your facilitator along the way – no fighting to get your hand noticed in the crowd during this small-group session.
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90 to 120 minutes
from $19.26

Paper Masks: Preserving an Ancient Craft

The traditional paper masks, as distinct and recognizable as the full moon during the Mid-Autumn festival, has for years been a favorite traditional toy among Vietnamese children. During the night of the festival, gleeful children parade around the neighborhood wearing colorful paper masks as they carry with them bobbing lanterns to illuminate the streets - a sort of trick or treat equivalent during Halloween. Families join in the celebration while the young ones bring life to the artfully crafted masks that are at once both colorful and representative of the festivities of the night.
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2 hours
from $20.00

Spoon Painting with Local Artist Svay Em

If you’re looking to try something new and get creative, then join a local artist in this fun and intimate class. Discover the art of spoon painting: a unique local technique involving the use of spoons rather than paint brushes. Experiment with technique and paint: you can choose to either start with the templates provided or design your own. Discover your inner artist and take home your unique handmade souvenir at the end of the workshop.
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87 to 120 minutes
from $23.54
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MissMagasha wrote a review Sep 2019
Townsville, Australia100 contributions9 helpful votes
Tried to book the evening street food tour online... all paid and booked 2 days in advance. Then received an email about 2 hours after booking to say that due to host availability our booking had been cancelled and a refund would be paid. Once I received this email. I booked a different tour with another company so I didn’t miss out... They emailed me 12 hours later to say that was a system glitch & tour still on (but now I’ve already booked with someone else!). I let them know this & asked for my refund, still haven’t received a reply or my money back. Not happy. Thankfully I’ve booked with PayPal. So I’m disputing it through PayPal & should hopefully be able to get my money back.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Aoife M wrote a review Jul 2019
Luton, United Kingdom31 contributions5 helpful votes
We did the 3 hour lantern making class and loved it! The family that runs the place are so nice and relaxed, with great sense of humour! They kept us laughing throughout! They let you do everything yourself but also keep checking to make sure you have a good quality lantern at the end. Top quality fabrics, a great way to pass an afternoon!
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Date of experience: July 2019
heathervalentine3 wrote a review Dec 2018
Zurich, Switzerland6 contributions
Excellent time was had by all. This family run business was the perfect length of time (roughly) 2 hours. Everyone was able to assist and help us create interesting silk lanterns. Good English spoken and they were able to answer all of our questions. The right balance between letting us struggle and helping us sort it. A must do while in Hoi An!
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Date of experience: December 2018
Seaside32468930019 wrote a review Nov 2018
2 contributions
We had a lovely time making silk lanterns. Our hosts spoke very good english and had a string of lights on which we could hang our finished lanterns and see them in action. We purchased kit sets at the end so we can teach our friends at home lantern making too.
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Date of experience: November 2018
Hangis wrote a review Nov 2018
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Kudos to Sabirama Cooking School for the very interesting half day cooking tour. Our unique experience starts from the time we were picked up from our hotel to the local market. It was truly a learning journey at the market. All 10 of us enjoyed being educated about the local herbs and vegetables as well as the local cooking gadgets available at the market. The trip to the cooking school is made more exciting sitting in the basket boats. The basket boat men and women were not only skillful, but also very cautious ensuring our safety from getting into the boat and disembarking too. We had loads of fun, wishing that the basket boat ride was longer. The buffalo cart ride was indeed a creative idea giving us city dwellers an opportunity of being transported to a world without vehicles. Mr Quy conducted the cooking class himself. We had a roaring good time. He made the cooking session interesting peppering his clear instructions with humour. Thank you Mr Quy for the unique interesting hands-on cooking experience from the start to the finish.
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Date of experience: November 2018