Awesome Workshops to Try in Asia - Halong Junk Cruises

Awesome Workshops to Try in Asia

Cooking class in Vietnam

For most travelers, putting a class or workshop on the list of must-try activities during a holiday in Asia is not a good idea. When thinking about a “workshop”, many will immediately imagine a murky, flickering light in a gloomy 4-wall room, listening to a presenter murmur as they try to resist the urge to fall asleep. Indochina tours Vietnam

Luckily, classes and workshops in Asia are hardly yawn-provoking! Whether you admit it or not, travel is an interesting way to learn – and you can’t stand but learn a few brand new things on the road no matter how old you are. Putting workshops and classes into your travel itinerary, it’s time for you to learn from the real experts: the locals!

Cooking Classes in Vietnam

Cooking class in Vietnam

Cooking class in Vietnam – source: hoianfoodtour.com

Sampling all Vietnamese dishes during a visit to the country is great but knowing how to cook them by yourself is greater. Let’s learn how to make it yourself! And the skill to whip up a classic bowl of Pho or full plate of spring rolls may be at the top of that list of all of the best souvenirs you can bring back from Vietnam. Vietnam travel tours

Cooking classes are really popular in Vietnam and you can find them around every corner, but there are a few more outstanding. Among them, the NGO Know One Teach One (KOTO), which provides its restaurant staff and cooks with professional training, is an amazing one. Here, your guide is not only an expert at cooking, but also a graduate student from a program aiming at helping to build open futures for disadvantaged youth! Of course, the proceeds from your visit also help to support the programs of KOTO.

Batik Painting Workshop in Sapa      

Batik Painting Workshop in Sapa

Batik Painting Workshop in Sapa – source: buffalotours.com

Almost everyone who made the itinerary to Sapa can recognize the pervasive deep-blue designs of traditional Hmong batiks.  Playing an important role in the Hmong culture, these beautiful textiles are not solely as clothing for villagers, but also one of the most unique souvenirs to bring home from the beautiful frontier town.

But what is better than any souvenir is to get the inside scoop on the way locals make these textiles are made while also getting to know the locals creating them. The local women in the small Black Hmong village of Ta Van can guide you through all the steps of making batik, show you their own expert techniques and then help you try your dying by your own hand for the first time. Your products will not be the same quality as those of the locals, but your creation comes with a story – which is what this workshop is all about!

Coffee Making Workshop in Chiang Mai

Coffee Making Workshop in Chiang Mai

Coffee Making Workshop in Chiang Mai – source: loveandroad.com

The northern cultural hub of Chiang Mai is the most notorious example proving that it will be hard to find anyone in Thailand who didn’t enjoy a good cup of coffee. Going just outside of the city, you can see one of the most luxuriant coffee-producing and growing regions in all of Southeast Asia – and many of the villages here live on the sales of coffee. Consequently, paying a visit to these villages and learning firsthand the way the locals produce the finest coffee in Thailand are what really makes a trekking journey into this scenic region unique. Last but not least, at the end of the trip, you will have a chance to bring some of these tasty coffee beans as a unique souvenir home!

Luckily, classes and workshops in Asia are hardly yawn-provoking! Whether you admit it or not, travel is an interesting way to learn – and you can’t stand but learn a few brand new things on the road no matter how old you are. Putting workshops and classes into your travel itinerary, it’s time for you to learn from the real experts: the locals!

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