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Alms Giving Ceremony

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

I went to the Alms Giving ceremony at 5.45am and stayed about 30 min. I enjoyed to watch the Monks... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
New York City, New York
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Ho hum

Jan 27 During the trip leading up to the early morning alms giving ceremony along Th Sisavangvong... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I went to the Alms Giving ceremony at 5.45am and stayed about 30 min. I enjoyed to watch the Monks on their routine but i was bothered my a lot of tourists that in my opinion were not respecting their traditions speaking loud.

Thank Kiariiii
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Jan 27 During the trip leading up to the early morning alms giving ceremony along Th Sisavangvong in Luang Prabang, I had already witnessed many times the robed monks with their tubs and bags collect food from small tables in front of homes and storefronts....More

Thank alohatripper
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Tourists do not respect the rules and the ceremony is loosing some of its tradition but is still worth assisting. Be sure you arrive on time and respect the rules. Is a short moment but worth the memory if you take the time to savor...More

Thank Fernand R
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Even if you are not Buddhist it is a good way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Please be sure you respect the monks and follow the advice of your tour guide (no close photos-use , respect silence , if you offer the rice...More

Thank Carlotta C
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The sight of the monks in their bright orange robes and the people giving the alms is quite unique. Please be respectful.

Thank aharol
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Take plenty of sticky rice. There were 250 monks in the one procession we encountered. Don't attempt to talk to any of the novices or monks, and remember to take off your shoes when sitting roadsied.

Thank Redfoot
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The choice to become a monk in Laos can be either spiritual or educational (or both). Many boys join a temple as young as 10. This gives them opportunities to study and learn that they otherwise may not have. When they reach the age of...More

2  Thank Davis F
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We went with a local guide to see the alms giving ceremony and chose to go a little away from the centre of town where there were less tourists and more local people. Around a couple of hundred monks and young novices in their orange...More

Thank Segaria226
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We got up in the morning early and went out. We watched from a side street. We were appropriately dressed and didn't take our cameras ! We read many reviews and wanted to be respectful! Go for the memory! But don't go ruining this for...More

1  Thank Steph P
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Tourists have turned the traditional alms-giving ceremony into a gauntlet that the monks must run before going to temple. I felt sorry for them and for what we have done to them. People are up in their faces with cameras trying to get "that one...More

1  Thank Claudia R
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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.
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.