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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Memorable experience

Really has to be done in Luang Prabang. What I liked was that it is essentially a very low key... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ManchesterAlbion
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Manchester
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For early risers

This ceremony can be watched in many places in the East, but in Luang Prabang the line of monks can... read more

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Ludo910
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Mechelen, Belgium
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really has to be done in Luang Prabang. What I liked was that it is essentially a very low key event with no ceremony. This makes it much more memorable. Worth knowing that it is respectful to cover arms and legs rather than turn up...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This ceremony can be watched in many places in the East, but in Luang Prabang the line of monks can be quite long. Of course local people also try to profit from this ceremony by selling alms to tourists; the prices have gone down over...More

Thank Ludo910
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I witnessed monks receiving their morning alms of food in Chiang Mai in 1979. We were up early with no one else around. That was then. In February 2018 we witnessed the same ceremony in Luang Prabang. This wonderful , moving ceremony practiced on a...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Think this should have been a very nice experience to watch many years ago. The street now is filled with very much chinese tourists who don't know how to behave: make noise, just go stand in front of the monks to make a photo, use...More

Thank Nasitrassi
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Woke up early and sat next to some locals to give food to the Monks this morning. Very eye opening experience. I was told they dont eat anything during the day unless its given to them. Lots of young monks! Had our tour guide the...More

Thank Matt C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were lucky and this occurred every morning in front of our hotel, we got down stairs at 0430am and watched the people set themselves up. It was surprising that there were more young people than old. They organized their seating and gifts and spoke...More

Thank Deb K
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I observed this ceremony this morning before dawn. Unfortunately, this being during the Chinese New Year week, crowds of Chinese tourists were behaving disrespectfully, snapping camera flashes and closely following the monks as they progressed. Although most hotels have prominently displayed signs and brochures in...More

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were hoping for something inspiring but were disappointed to find hawkers selling the rice that one was expected to give to the monks; tourists were using flash photography as if it were a red-carpet event. Hint: check out the back street and catch the...More

Thank davidinathens
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's an interesting experience to watch files of monks walking along the streets of the city early in the morning at 5,30am collecting alms. You can follow this up with a visit to the top of Mount Phoussi to watch the sunrise at .630am.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Woke up at 5:30, in position in front of the main temple at 5:50 and it starts at 6am. My advice is probably to start in the main street to see all the aspects, bad and good, about this ceremony. Monks are walking on the...More

Thank Yannick L
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RozW
23 May 2017|
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Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
We went to Sakkaline Rd which is the main Rd in town. The further up the road you walk towards the river the quieter it seemed to get in terms of tourists. 6:00 start or there abouts.
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travelbiz_11
22 January 2017|
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Response from rjt33 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I organised a guide through Exo travel, he was excellent. You don't need a guide, it's an easy place to get around and plenty of local tour companies. It helped me as I got more insight into the local attractions.
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