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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos
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Nice, but crowded with rude tourists.

The alms ceremony starts at sunrise, and it's really incredible to see hundreds of monks line the... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2016
via mobile
Good cultural experience

We observed this tradition yesterday. Lots of monks walked past. We were solely observers as this... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2016
Timaru, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The alms ceremony starts at sunrise, and it's really incredible to see hundreds of monks line the streets to collect their alms for the day. The problem is that so many tourist behave so inappropriately, running right up to the monks and shoving flashing cameras...More

Thank Apfeiffer54
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We observed this tradition yesterday. Lots of monks walked past. We were solely observers as this is not our belief system so unlike another tour group of non Laos residents who did give rice - this seemed false as how did they make their rice?...More

Thank Angk1812
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Get there early... Get a seat and buy food the Monks. Fantastic morning.You will see at least 100 Monks if u are in the right area. Go near the Temples.

Thank Livetoravel
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Our guide for a day was formally a monk. He gave us a great insight into their daily life. He was a monk for 10 years. Didn't realise that Buddhism here is very different to that of other countries. Men very often become a monk...More

Thank Wendy C
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Really did not enjoy watching a time honored tradition becoming a tourist attraction. Way too many intrusive peolpe snapping pictures of everyone that moved.

Thank T S
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This visit was on our itinerary and i said to my guide that I did not want interfere with their daily routine, And we will stand from afar and watch He said the monks want you to participate in the tourist area Because all the...More

Thank jewel57
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

If you are visiting Luang prabang, you should definitely see the Alms Giving ceremony, it starts around 5.30am, so get up quickly and have a visit over there, you can see the locals /tourist giving food to the Monks..

Thank Hari S
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Considering we had to leave for this event at 5:00 a.m. I would recommend giving it a pass. It nice to watch but giving a ball of hot sticky rice to 100 plus monks gets old quickly.

Thank mcmc1953
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Seeing the alms ceremony means an early start in the morning, but the opportunity to see the monks and to actually contribute to their work and well-being makes it worhtwhile

Thank rmhMelbourne
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Woke up very early for this ceremony. Very disappointing. We had to buy those sweets to give the monks and saw how they gave it back the the lady who sold it to us. They didn't even try to hide it. The whole ceremony is...More

Thank Doron R
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What time does it begin and where does it take place. I'm going there next week!
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.
who was your guide? Would you recommend a guide for a two day stay or can we explore ourselves?
22 January 2017|
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Response from SourabhChatt | Reviewed this property |
No guide - do It yourself.