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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Genuine experience marred by commercialism

This is an authentic experience in Buddhist countries but has become over commercialised in Luang... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
TMPL_MC
Feed the Monks

Interesting to have done this but would not do it again. Local women push you to buy their food to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rick M M
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an authentic experience in Buddhist countries but has become over commercialised in Luang Prabang with vendors pushing people to buy over-priced items to give to the monks. If doing it ask your hotel to provide you with appropriate food.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Interesting to have done this but would not do it again. Local women push you to buy their food to then give to the Monks. They boss you into their seats. ..make you buy more food as things progress. The Monks look miserable and the...More

Thank Rick M M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Was out before dawn to watch the Alms Giving Ceremony. Quite a unique experience. As we had no connection, we observed from the background rather than participated. Very disappointed to see some tourists ignoring the numerous signs on how to behave and letting off flash...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

My family and I visited Laos in January 2018 and found that in the lovely morning alms ceremony in Luang Prabang has become a disrespectful spectacle for hordes of tourists. Buses lined the streets, cameras flashed in the faces of the monks, and tourists showered...More

Thank Maureen G
Reviewed 6 days ago

I got up at 5.30am, however could have waited until 6am. I have never seen such bad behaviour from other tourists, I think <insert Ethnic group building a long distance railway into Laos> who must think they are the paparazzi. In the end I photographed...More

Thank Skyward37
Reviewed 6 days ago

At 5:30 am you should stand among others at the side of the road with some food to treat the monks.I wish some tourists weren't over the monks with a camera and flash to catch the greater photo.Some things must remain respectful..

Thank Apostolos_Marina
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth getting up at 5.30am for. It happens every morning. The monks from all the temples walk around the streets of Luang receiving gifts of food from the people. Some of the people were also given food by the monks.

Thank easylacer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved watching the ceremony. It started at around 6 am and lasted fir one hour. Wait till their is adequate light before taking pictures so that you can do so without coming too close to the monks or the alms givers. Remember it's not...More

Thank WRashed
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Woke up early to watch the morning alms, it is sad to see many foreigners just head over to the monks and snap photos with flashes on while the monks receiving the items from the devotees. Stand opposite road while the ceremony is on and...More

Thank Stef T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating and interesting experience to see. Well worth seeing and experiencing when you are in Luang Prabang. It is a shame though that a minority of tourists spoil it by running along and are intrusive to the monks by getting too close and taking photographs...More

Thank Uminum
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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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