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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
08040570990
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Amazing Experience

Must arrive as early as 5:30am. There are stalls selling sticky rice and snacks, so you can buy... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
SC62
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Kuala Lumpur
No. 1 thing to do

It's not easy to get up so early but well worth it. We arranged with our guide to give food to the... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Jeanette O
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Sydney, Australia
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

Must arrive as early as 5:30am. There are stalls selling sticky rice and snacks, so you can buy them, small plastic stools are provided on the pavement. You can either sit on the small stools or kneel on mats provided, Alms giving is great deal...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

It's not easy to get up so early but well worth it. We arranged with our guide to give food to the monks and not just observe and so pleased we did. We arrived at 5.30am in discreet covered clothing and sat on stools with...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

I waited for seven days until I decided to watch the ceremony by myself. Negative reviews over how visitors treat the ceremony and, especially, the monks and the locals hindered me from adding more problems. So I finally decided to sit quietly behind a school...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

We were up and out of the hotel by 5:00 am to participate in the ‘alms’ giving, in which more than 600 Buddhist monks in saffron-clad robes living in the 30 temples/pagodas in Luang Prabang, daily walk the streets surrounding their temples, receiving food items...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2017

it starts around 5.30 to 6am depending on which time of the year. the monks only have a meal a day and they come out in the wee hours of the morning to collect the alms given by the people and food outlets to the...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2017

We were staying at My Dream Boutique hotel, so were privileged to see the procession of monks collecting alms outside of the main town (they literally walked past the entrance to the hotel). The monks are so graceful and to see the town folk contributing...More

1  Thank Jon W
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is the highlight of Luang Prabang trip which all travelers must experience, the amount of monks and residents taking care of the monks are extremely touching for me.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

We were up early before dawn so we could make our way to a small street to watch the many Buddhist monks dressed in bright orange sing and walk through the streets collecting food from local women kneeling on the ground with their feet tucked...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

The alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang is famous , essentially for the big number of monks in the procession . As the ceremony takes place very early in the morning ( rain or shine ) we had to wake up very early that day...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2017

This is one of the traditions I was looking forward to witness. We got up early and made our wayto the streets before sunrise. When we arrived it was quiet but then about 15-20 tour buses started to arrive. The main strip quickly got busy...More

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RozW
23 May 2017|
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Response from paul216x |
About 5.30 or earlier I think it depends on the sunrise and time of year. Please dress respectfully this means shoulders and legs covered, keep your distance and don't get in the way of the monks, don't flash cameras in... More
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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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