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Cultural Temple Tour & Guided Meditation Experience by Orange Robe Tours
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Cultural Temple Tour & Guided Meditation Experience by Orange Robe Tours

By Orange Robe Tours
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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Ages 5-100, max of 7 per group
Duration: 2h
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English


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Departure details
  • Orange Robe Tours, Meeting Location Outside Wat Pa Phai, Luang Prabang, Laos Our office is located next door to Saffron Coffee along the Mekong River.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 116836P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for those with existing knee issues
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Guided Meditation is not recommended for children under 13, unless highly supervised by a parent.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 116836P3

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  • You'll start at
    Orange Robe Tours
    Meeting Location Outside Wat Pa Phai, Luang Prabang, Laos
    Our office is located next door to Saffron Coffee along the Mekong River.
    See address & details
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    Wat Pa Phai
    Stop: 2 hours
    Cultural Temple Tour: Our Cultural Temple Tour, led by a former Buddhist Novice or Monk, includes a guided tour of a local temple, focusing on Buddhist culture, temple architecture, appropriate temple etiquette and the daily life of the Monks. This is your opportunity to find out everything you would like to know about Buddhism in Laos from a first-hand source. Guided Meditation Experience: Held inside a local temple, this experience gives you the opportunity to learn and practise the same meditation techniques taught inside the temple and will give you a better understanding of the importance of meditation in Buddhism.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator
Orange Robe Tours
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Joined in January 2019

#3 of 87 Tours & Activities in Luang Prabang
  • Odyssey823347
    Odyssey823347
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    loved it
    I did 2 tours, one about meditation and one about the life at the temple. I enjoyed so much the first that I came back for the second. The guide was very kind and answered all my questions.
  • salsterr
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    Great tour of the temple and amazing insights into Laos and Buddhism (and beyond). Very friendly and super knowledgeable
    I should have done this years ago. It was super easy to organise and is by far one of the best tours I have done. I learned so much, but without being lectured. There were so many personal insights shared - I saw a completely different perspective.
  • Haneen H
    Haneen H
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    A Unique experience of Buddhism
    It was amazing to learn so much about the Buddhism culture in Luang Prabang. It was super informative and all questions were answered. The local Monk in the temple we were at also was welcoming and invited our group to join the evening prayers later that day. If you have the time to do both meditation and the tour, you need to do it.
  • laurateal9
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    In-depth, personal look into Theravada Buddhism
    This was a super informative two hour experience. We got a crash course of the lifestyle and philosophy and history of Theravada Buddhist monks. We particularly appreciated our guide sharing his personal experiences with this tradition and the meditation sampler practice he led us through in the temple. This was a memorable experience in Luang Prabang I would highly recommend to visitors.
  • BarcaExpat
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    Absolutely Fantastic Tour to Enrich Time Spent in Laos
    This tour is a MUST DO while in Luang Prabang - our family of 4 absolutely loved it! ur guide Si shared wonderful insights about Buddhism, his own experiences as a Novice, and answered all of our many questions. Our time spent with him learning to meditate while in the temple was an experience we'll never forget - even our 2 teenagers were able to sit patiently through the experience (about 30 minutes total between 3 different types of meditation that he taught). The Orange Robe tour really enhanced our time in Laos by providing us with a deeper understanding of Buddhism and the temples. Thank you Si - we are so grateful!
  • Jana2309
    Jana2309
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    Unique insight of the life in a temple
    We were a small group of 3 and had an amazing time with our very friendly guide, who took us on a tour at a temple in the historic district. He is a former novize and told us a lot about buddhism and shared his experience. We could ask everything and he was happy to answer our questions. All of us had booked the guided meditation afterwards, which was also a very nice experience at the temple. I can highly recommend this tour and this company.
  • Tina_Kaiserslautern
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    Great way to get all your questions answered!
    Our guide (Si?) was very knowledgeable and was able to explain the general idea behind budism as well as the much more complicated levels etc. He used good analogies to make things easier for us to understand. What I liked brst was the opportunity to ask any and every question I had on the topic. He was open to any questions we had. I am glad I took the tour and the following meditation class.
  • Daniella A
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    Incredibly enlightening- a must do in Luang Prabrang
    Our tour has been a highlight of our trip so far! It was incredibly enlightening to hear of the inner workings of life as a monk/novice, and our tour guide was brilliant- patiently answering all of our questions with great detail. The guided meditation was great- we left feeling very peaceful!
  • pmontecinoh
    pmontecinoh
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    Beautiful experience
    Such a beautiful experience. It was amazing to learn about buddhism from a former novice. Our tour guide allowed us to make all the questions we wanted and even guided us through meditation at the end. If you want to know more about buddhism, the life of monks and novices and traditions i highly recommend this tour
  • kristykelly
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    An afternoon of peaceful meditation
    What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Luang Prabang. We really enjoyed meeting our guide, hearing his person story and learning from him directly about Buddhism, the daily lives and practices of monks, and then experiencing three forms of peaceful meditation.
  • DaveB2
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    A must for anyone visiting
    Fantastic experience and insight from a former student of the religion. We got to ask all the questions we ever wanted and understand what buddism is all about. So friendly and relaxed, this is a must for anyone visiting the area.
  • Z881DItimk
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    A non-touristy genuine tour
    We really loved our guided meditation. Our guide was really friendly, stayed well over our 1h to chat about everything and anything to do with the Buddhist religion and monks life. The meditation was so peaceful in the temple and we were taught all the ways in which monks meditate each morning. Would highly recommend for anyone wishing to find out more about the country and religion!
  • Traci B
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    Fascinating and ethical introduction to Buddhism and Meditation!
    We were lucky to spend 2 hours with delightful former monk, Te, doing an introduction to Buddhism and then practising meditation. Te speaks excellent English and explained the basic tenets of Buddhism, the structure of the temple buildings, as well as discussing the life of a novice monk. We then spent an hour doing seated, walking and standing meditation. Te was very patient and helpful and happy to answer endless questions. I would highly recommend this tour, as Orange Robe Tours work to support and educate former monks and provide them with pathways in the world outside the Temples.
  • Wander15673593365
    Wander15673593365
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    One of our favorite experiences in Laos!!
    We are so grateful for this tour! My husband and I are visiting Laos for a few weeks. We are both interested in buddhism and beginners in meditation. What better way to deepen our understanding than this! Our guide, who used to live in the monastery, gave us a comprehensive and interesting tour on temple life and what being a monk means. It gave us confidence to explore wats throughout the country and even sit it in on chanting and meditation. It has led to some beautiful experiences and we have met wonderful monks along the way. Khob chai lai lai!!
  • vistorvistor
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    Unusual and great experience
    Wonderful unique, local and interesting experince! We finally feel confident and comfortable enough visiting temples during the chanting and meditation in a respectful way. Tae is a local guy who has spent many years in the temple. He will answer all your questions and teach you the basics about Buddhism in Laos while also giving you a tour around the temple area and explain what each part/building is for, what some are decorations are symbolizing and how to act respectfully when visiting the temples. I really recommend this!
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danielesinniger
Cape Town Central, South Africa21 contributions
Talking to our guide was great, the young ex novice shared his experiences and knowledge about Buddhism. He was really kind and fun to be around. I highly recommended the tour to everyone I spoke to when I was in Luang Prabang.
Written 12 March 2020
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OrangeRobeTours
I passed along your comments to your tour guide, he was delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience with us Daniele.
Written 19 March 2020
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Natalie112019
Hong Kong, China14 contributions
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn more about temples around Laos and a day in the life of a monk. You will meet a monk who is currently not practising and he will thoroughly explain to you the rules of a monk, the do’s and don’t’s of a monk and as a tourist and he will show you the different ways of meditating. It is culturally so insightful and I learnt things that I’ll carry with me throughout the rest of my travels. The whole thing lasts around 2-3 hours.
Written 2 March 2020
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OrangeRobeTours
The team is delighted you were able to learn some new things from your experience with us Natalie. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.
Written 8 March 2020
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Laura B
Braunschweig, Germany6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I took this tour at the first day of my holiday in Laos in order to get an introduction to this important part of Lao culture. Our guide explained to us the role of the monastaries in teaching and education, the life of the novices and monks, the key elements of buddhist believe, the buildings and symbols in the temple, and he answered all of our many questions. After that he introduced us to three types of meditation. I really enjoyed the tour, and I must say it opened my eyes to this important part of Lao Culture. You only see what you know! I recommend the tour to everybody who wishes to discover more about the beautiful temples and the life of the monks!
Written 22 February 2020
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OrangeRobeTours
We're very happy that your experience with us gave you the appropriate context for the remainder of your time in Laos. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review Laura, we really appreciate it.
Written 23 February 2020
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BunnyTravel_11
Brisbane, Australia31 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This was hands down one of the best activities I did whilst in Luang Prabang. I'd go as far to say that you shouldn't visit any temples before doing this tour. I especially enjoyed the meditation part and would recommend not skipping that as it was very insightful and quite special. If you want an authentic experience then don't miss this tour.
Written 22 January 2020
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OrangeRobeTours
What a wonderful review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience with us. The team were delighted to read your review.
Written 31 January 2020
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Tricia K
Lansing, MI7 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This was well worth the money if you are going to spend any time in Luang Prabang…since it is loaded with Wats and it’s best to understand and be respectful of these temples and the monks and novices.

Even more so if you want to participate in the giving of the alms, which we highly recommend!

Our guide Te was a former novice and easily helped answer questions that we had. It’s also a nice opportunity for the Lao people to practice English if they so desire. So we learn from eachother.
Written 25 March 2023
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OrangeRobeTours
Thank you so much for leaving us a wonderful review. We're thrilled to hear that you found our tour to be a valuable experience. We're glad that our guide, Tay, was able to provide you with insights and answer your questions about the temples and the alms-giving ceremony.
Written 29 April 2023
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Rain
Vancouver, Canada15 contributions
Dec 2019
What an amazing experience and an immersive way to gain a better understanding of Laos's spiritual side, plus debunk some myths or assumptions many of us have about Buddhism. I attended the tour one day, but the meditation was full (great how they limit the groups to seven people), so I went back the next day for the session. That, in fact, enriched my experience as I got to hear the background from two novices. Both men were friendly, patient in answering my many questions and super accommodating to make visitors feel comfortable. I'd highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you plan to watch the morning alms ceremony. Join Orange Robes first and your experience will be enriched a thousandfold.
Written 9 January 2020
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OrangeRobeTours
Thank you for the wonderful review! We're glad that we were able to give you an informative and pleasurable experience. Also thank you for your understanding on us limiting our tour numbers. It is very important to us that everyone has an intimate, fulfilling experience.
Written 14 January 2020
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Kara S
5 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Si/Sy was such a great wealth of information, patience and kindness! His English and personality were awesome and answered every question enthusiastically and in detail. We went 30mins+ over thanks to his willingness to answer all of our questions and share the Buddhist and Laos culture with us. THANK YOU SI!
Written 26 April 2023
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iheart2travel_8
Penticton, Canada168 contributions
This was so interesting and informative I think everyone needs to do this before they go to all the temples!
It was a nice quiet temple to learn about the temples and novice, monks and Buddhism.
I originally signed up only for the temple tour and at last minute signed up for the guided meditation as well because the guide and another guest were talking about it and sounded so interesting I signed up. So glad I did. It was such a great class and I’ll try to implement the meditation and breathing in my life immediately! It was the most relaxing class!
Now when I go to temple, I understand more of what is happening!
Highly recommend this tour to everyone!
Written 18 February 2020
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OrangeRobeTours
The team is very happy that you were able to take away so much from both experiences. Thank you for taking the time to write us a wonderful review.
Written 23 February 2020
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v_bernadett
Budapest, Hungary5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
What a memorable tour! Truly fascinating, I learned a lot from our guide who has shared very interesting facts and insights about Buddhism. He has answered any question were asked and held an interesting seasion on meditation. I really enjoyed my time, thanks to the entire team for giving such opportunities
Written 27 February 2020
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OrangeRobeTours
Thank you for attending our tours and for taking the time to write us a wonderful review, customer satisfaction is very important to the whole team.
Written 8 March 2020
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Companion25105697746
1 contribution
May 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed our time spent with our guide, Tay. We learnt a lot from him and we also really enjoyed the meditation. We’d highly recommend this if you want an insight into the monastic lifestyle. 2 hours well spent!
Written 3 June 2023
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