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“Very cultural !”

Alms Giving Ceremony
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 the monks and run around taking selfies and yelling ! This is their life !!!

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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 really authentic shot" and it is not respectful. If you are curious to see it, stay at a distance and have a look.

1  Thank Claudia R
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This was something we were keen to do despite the early start at 6am. It is humbling to see the monks walk down the streets collecting alms to enable them to exist and eat. The local people provide food and money to help the monks and to make a sacrifice which is part of the Buddhist culture. Any extra that the monks collect but don't need is given out and shared with the poor of the town. We were privileged to take part and give them rice and cookies. Definitely a unique experience

Thank Christine A
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Better to observe a way off to the side. It is not for tourists to participate. I saw some tourists jump out of a car, run up to the monks, and started taking pictures right up close. Just shameful. Maybe it is better for tourists to respect this local tradition by not being present?

Thank Sophie M
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

I think this is one of those things that is definitely worth seeing on a trip to Laos. There are very few events like this in the world, and even though it may seem a tourist attraction, it is a proper ceremony for the monks.

Try and avoid the main streets and go to the side and bottom ones. There you'll see the actual locals with their humble offerings, rather than the tourist offering packed cookies and other nonsense.

Above all, please respect the custom and don't be a paparacci.

Thank Miguel A
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