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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
08040570990
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Interesting experience

The alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang is famous , essentially for the big number of monks in... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Thelma K
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Ugly side of tourism

This is one of the traditions I was looking forward to witness. We got up early and made our wayto... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Paul M
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

The alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang is famous , essentially for the big number of monks in the procession . As the ceremony takes place very early in the morning ( rain or shine ) we had to wake up very early that day...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

This is one of the traditions I was looking forward to witness. We got up early and made our wayto the streets before sunrise. When we arrived it was quiet but then about 15-20 tour buses started to arrive. The main strip quickly got busy...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

The alms giving ceremony is not a tourist attraction and should be treated with the utmost respect. It is part and parcel of the Buddhist culture for the devotees to offer alms to the monks to generate good karma and to gain merit. It was...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

An iconic ceremony that we hope survives the anticipated increase in tourism from its northern neighbour. There will always be those that do not fully appreciate the cultural significance of the ceremony and insert their presence; however, notwithstanding this it's a must see event.

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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Get up at dawn and be ready to watch how people clean their houses while waiting for the monks to come out. Although the focal point is the street in of the 3 nagas hotel it is better to view this on the side streets...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Get there before sunrise, since the ceremony starts about 10-minutes after sunrise. It's over in 2 minutes. Good to read about the background of the ceremony.

Thank Mohd Redzuan H
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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

So you wake up and get out on Main Street about 5:30am. There are about 200 monks that walk in single file around the block and collect rice and snacks off the locals who sit and wait for them walk pass. The excess is put...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2017

Get up in the morning, the hotel I stayed prepare me rice for alms giving. They said there is a place with hundred monks walking through Luang Prabang street but those monks walk in front of hotel I stayed not so many, but gave me...More

2  Thank Awan A
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Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

I participated in this with the help of my home stay host. There are a number of unspoken rules which you need to be aware of, so please speak to a local about the correct etiquette

Thank Emily P
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Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

A very humbling experience! Monks start around 5:30 (I read 6:00 on TA and missed most of the monks). Keep your distance and admire from a side street rather than the main drag.

Thank Noah W
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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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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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