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Alms Giving Ceremony
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. Particularly at high-end homes, I witnessed a maid man a table early in the morning to pass out food to intermittent groups of monks.
But this event is a tourist-driven event with busloads of tourists buying not only prepared food to give to monks, but also a bench seat against the wall of the monastery.
As the monks came out and began the morning ritual, I was underwhelmed since the sincerity wasn't there. It turned into a photo-op.
By 6:45 I was returning to the hotel for breakfast.

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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 it instead of taking flash photographs.

Thank Fernand R
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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 don't put cream or perfume on your hands). I personally really enjoyed doing the offer together with the local women .

Thank CarlottaC458
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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
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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
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