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Address: Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos

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Can tend to be a circus

It is certainly well worth getting out of bed early to view this wonderful ceremony. But what slightly spoilt it for me was the huge numbers of visitors getting up close to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

It is certainly well worth getting out of bed early to view this wonderful ceremony. But what slightly spoilt it for me was the huge numbers of visitors getting up close to the monks, cameras flashing people talking, car music going. It is meant to be a peaceful and reverent ceremony. Please bear this in mind when attending and be... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a religious ritual and it has turned into a monk circus. Hoards of tourists shoving cameras in monks faces and taking flash photos showing absolutely no respect. You can see how uncomfortable and embarrassed many of the monks are. Sure, go and take some food to donate and do so in a respectful way but please don't shove... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

It is very worthwhile to rise early and find a spot on the streets for the traditional alms giving ritual. Your experience will vary depending on location, your purpose, and the tourists who will inevitably be in your area. I was only in Luang Prabang for three days and hoped to get one decent photo of the ritual, and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

After reading so many warnings about disrespectful tourists, we elected to watch the morning Alms just outside our hotel (My Dream Boutique Resort - just across the Bamboo bridge). A small procession of local monks come by every morning to receive Alms from the local shopkeepers. We did our homework - read some excellent information at the Tourist Information Center... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Got up early for this ceremony and got a spot sitting on the opposite side of the street. Tourist vans started coming soon after and the place started filling up. As soon as the monks came out they were swamped by the tourists...the ones running about with their windbreakers on and three slr's swinging around their hips. Flashing right in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I had heard about the mass tourist onslaught and hesitated about going. But I got there early, 6am and found many temples out of the thick of the tourists. The silence and concentration of the monks and their authentic alms-givers I found moving. The rules are clear: don't try to communicate don't take flash photographs or interfere with the ceremony.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

My husband rose at the crack of dawn with the Hotel Manager to feed the monks.He said it was very touristy and that everyone was just flashing the camera.I think he was glad he did it but wasnt the experience he was expecting.He ran out of food as well.I think the first monks get all the food.Hopefully they take it... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

In the market, stall-holders sell (over-priced) baskets of stuff to give to the monks. It is like the corn-sellers in Trafalgar Square who pester the tourists to feed the pigeons! This is demeaning to the monks. The barrage of camera flashes in their faces in very rude and disrespectful to their religion. Find a quiet street early in the morning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I gave alms every morning during our stay and suggest it for everyone. This is what really all local people do - get up at 6 and go out to give alms to monks. I ordered rice every morning and gave it to monks. It is very peaceful, inspiring ceremony - they are coming in a dusk, barefoot, quietly, old... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

If you can arise at about 5am, then you can witness the giving of rice and alms to the 100 plus monks who walk in line with their small rice baskets. You also can join in the ceremony by purchasing the rice from street vendors.

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