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Address: Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos
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I enjoyed seeing the monks in their daily ritual, but I was uncomfortable in it because the tourists outnumbered the monks. Many people did not show respect even though guidelines... read more

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its well worth getting up really early in the morning. We got help from the hotel concierge and he arranged for us to have hot rice for the offerings. We read its frowned upon to by rice from street vendors, we were not really sure why but they recommend you get the rice from the market or from your hotel.... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is worth getting up at dawn to see. We watched from the balcony of our hotel as the monks moved along the street below.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This involves getting up before dawn and finding a place on the road with food you have prepared for the monks. They file by and you put food in their bowl. A spiritual and unique experience.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I enjoyed seeing the monks in their daily ritual, but I was uncomfortable in it because the tourists outnumbered the monks. Many people did not show respect even though guidelines are printed everywhere. I found it embarrassing and stayed far back. I loved seeing the monks in the morning light but I was reluctant to take photos.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I generally don't like religious events being turned touristic, and while I felt really 'touristy' doing it, the morning alms giving is such a unique event one really benefits from witnessing it. It is amazing to see the monks, some only boys, receiving their daily sticky rice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One that you should not be missed in Luang Prabang, the experience of giving Alms and the other side the Alms will give the rice to the orphan, nice xperience that give me insight about take and give to another. The atmosphere of citizen waiting for the Alms in the morning is nice too, love it!

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Emerald, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I felt privileged to participate in this daily ceremony. The monks drums start at about 4am which we could hear from our hotel room. 12 temples and about 400 monks parade through the streets at about 6am. Locals give offerings of sticky rice. Travellers are able to participate by buying different items and kneeling on mats provided. Well worth the... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an amazing experience. It was worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. just to experience what these monks do on a daily basis just to survive.

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San Mateo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even with all the tourists watching this is certainly one of those things you just have to do at least once. Get up early--5 AM or so and find a nice place on the street. If you get off the main street you might find more locals who are actually giving the alms rather than tourists. But it is a... More 

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Kuala Lumpur
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The monks rely on this ceremony for food, their vows prevent them from working for it. It is touching seeing locals who have prepared food and got up very early to fulfil a spiritual duty. On the other hand tourists are brought in by minivan and sold sticky rice so they can take part. Why would they want to if... More 

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