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Backstreet Academy

Road 60 | Trang Village, Sangkat Slorkram, Angkor Handicraft Association, 200m East of Naga Bridge, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Unique experience

The iron pencil sketching class was really unique and i had an amazing time creating a landscape... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
HannahhhM
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Great company that empower the locals

We heard about this company through some friends and joined them on a cooking class which was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Matt W
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Explore Khmer culture through our exclusive collection of travel experiences - sketch with an iron pencil, carve a copper bracelet or learn Apsara dance, the backstreets offer the richest interaction with the culture and people of a place. Immerse yourself in the de facto Khmer experience where the local backdrop retains its integrity and originality and discover a side of the city you never knew, available only through the forgotten backstreets. Backstreet Academy works with many competent yet struggling craftsmen with whom we structure a course together to teach the world about their traditional craft. Be it at their home or their workshops, we offer our guests access to a 'behind the scenes' experience that is often overlooked. This is the real local, the real Khmer, the real experience. And as you discover the backstreets, we will pair you with a facilitator who will help you translate and make sure you have a great time while making an impact. Courses available include: - Iron Pencil Sketching - Palm wood carving - Apsara dance - pottery - Insect cooking - Khmer martial arts (Bokator) - Cement bag laptop sleeve - Khmer cocktails - Pink sandstone carving Discover more courses at our website. Our other cities include: Phnom Penh | Kathmandu | Pokhara | Luang Prabang | Vientiane
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Road 60 | Trang Village, Sangkat Slorkram, Angkor Handicraft Association, 200m East of Naga Bridge, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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"copper bracelet"
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"cement bag"
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"iron pencil sketching"
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"knife making"
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"bracelet making"
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"making class"
in 8 reviews
"sewing machine"
in 7 reviews
"these classes"
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"patient instructor"
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"water blessing"
in 10 reviews
"palm leaf"
in 5 reviews
"finished product"
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"rice farming"
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"street food tour"
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"local artisans"
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"great afternoon"
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"cambodian cooking"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The iron pencil sketching class was really unique and i had an amazing time creating a landscape sketch with the help of the wonderful artist who has been practising the art for years. I was able to bring back home a pretty piece of art...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We heard about this company through some friends and joined them on a cooking class which was amazing. We love how intimate this experience was as it was only the 4 of us which is far better than your bog standard cooking classes which are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Un Ann was a great teacher. He offered many options to choose from at the start and showed you step by step how to make a fabulous carving. Highly recommend this woodcarving experience!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great experience - we had lot's of fun! The blacksmith was great and had a good sense of humor. The knifes we made were really made from scratch - starting with a small piece of iron. The instructions and help given was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

IF you want to learn about an ancient Khmer tradition, IF you want to have heaps of fun dressing up in traditional clothing, IF you want to learn to move with precision, THEN the Aspara experience @ Backstreet Academy is definitely the right choice for...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the cocktail class, the rehash trash and the stone carving. Loved all of them. Cocktail class was lots of fun. Great host. Rehash trash is a great initiative, go check it out. Mr Khet at the stone carving is a great guys. Good...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today we booked a copper bracelet workshop. Booking was easy and the deposit could even be payed via PayPal. The workshop took about two hours. We carved and polished the bracelets ourselves and Bun, the instructor, was a big help and such a nice guy!...More

Thank Die A
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very interesting tour where we enjoyed interacting with locals from a nearby village: They showed us how they collect and process the rice, how they catch river crabs by digging in the mud (you will have a try at it as well) and catch fishes...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

The whole working steel in a forge has been high on my list of things to do for a while. I had time and opportunity whilst in Cambodia and some friends and I made the effort. I really like learning from locals and experiencing the...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

We just had the most amazing cooking class, titled Cambodian Cooking: Unravelling the secrets of Khmer cuisine. And it truly did! We were picked up from our hotel by our teacher Ratanak in a Tuk Tuk and driven to our local market. we strolled through...More

Thank Liesl C
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shukokaijo
1 April 2018|
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Response from Akash G | Property representative |
Hi, we normally require guests to make a booking online to confirm a booking, but in such a case, we can make an exception. The best option is to book via backstreet's official whatsapp line at +977 9802020179. Our local... More
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380ja
17 January 2018|
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Response from Akash G | Property representative |
All of the tours and activities at Backstreet Academy are held in different venues across the city. Once you make a booking online with Backstreet on their website, you will be sent a map and address to a pick up location... More
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margaretcoope
9 January 2018|
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Response from Akash G | Property representative |
Hi Margaret, certainly! Our host has a shop where you can buy anything from silverware to rings. It makes for a nice place with great ideas for some holiday shopping :)
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