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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
08040570990
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Tourist trap, rice is not even eaten by the monks

This ceremony is traditional but due to all the tourists participating, it is a facade. I would... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Autumn44
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Austin, Texas
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Worth the early alarm call

We arrived outside the post office just after 5:30am and life on the streets of Luang Prabang was... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
HarrowB
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

This ceremony is traditional but due to all the tourists participating, it is a facade. I would recommend not to participate since most of the rice that you buy for the monks is not prepared according to what they can eat so they end up...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

We arrived outside the post office just after 5:30am and life on the streets of Luang Prabang was already well underway. There were several local women sitting on the pavement opposite with their bowls of sticky rice ready, along with a few groups of tourists...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2017

Taking place at 5/530 am one has to wake up early to make sure you see the whole ceremony. The actual ceremony does not take so long but it is definetely interesting to see

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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

An awesome experience. Both of us enjoyed this very much. A real spiritual experience. Activity starts early .

Thank Jasbir S
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

We went a step further in participating in the ceremony. There are vendors selling baskets of sticky rice and packets of snacks on the road. We bought and they provided floor mats for us to sit and distribute to the stream of monks who were...More

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Reviewed August 2, 2017

Amazing ecperience of Tak Bat, remeber to respect the monks so no flash, no go near by monks and take off your shoes and hat

Thank Marco G
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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

I'll start by saying I'm not a religious person, however I can appreciate many religions that I've seen around the world with an open mind...but this wasn't a very nice ceremony. What probably started as an honest and genuine ceremony has turned into this tourist...More

1  Thank Lindsey H
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

Yes, you have to wake up very early in the mornig and do your best. You can just watch but is very nice to participed, you just need to buy some rice, or vegetables to the monks (avoid plastic food, they really dont eat that)....More

Thank Laura G
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Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Since we stayed at My dream Boutique, the preparation done by the hotel staff. We did the offering at 6am. Avoid taking selfie while offering the food to the monks. I believe it is very improper act. My personal view.

Thank Prabakranaidu S
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Reviewed July 29, 2017

Opted not to go to the temple as I wanted a more relaxed viewing without so many tourists. The row of about 70 monks filed down the road outside the hotel where I was staying about 6.10am. There were not many locals offering food and...More

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RozW
May 22, 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
May 22, 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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January 21, 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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