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“Don't miss this - just try to avoid over-spending” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alms Giving Ceremony

Alms Giving Ceremony
Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos
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Ranked #14 of 44 attractions in Luang Prabang
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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“Don't miss this - just try to avoid over-spending”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We had heard many points of view on the alms giving, whether to participate or not. We are "a little bit Buddhist" and decided to partake 'properly', ie actually GIVING rather than intrusively photographing, and are glad we did so.
Just a word of caution, though ... try to organise yourself to have an ABSOLUTE limit on your spending for offerings. There are so many monks and the stream of them goes on for such a long time, that you may find - as we did - that you run out of food to give, which means that "helpful" locals keep thrusting baskets in your hands (if you let them) and the total at the end can be quite high!

Visited April 2012
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“Calm, peaceful and quiet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

It was worth the early start to the morning to experience this ceremony. If you do not follow the Buddist religion then it is inappropraite to participate. Some tourists just don't get what it is about and behave disrespectfully.

To stand back in silence and watch is wonderful and worth every moment especially if you get away from the street that the majority of tourists go to.

If you want to contribute to the Monks daily food then go to the morning market buy some fruit and take it directly to a temple before 11.30am.

Visited March 2012
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“A memorable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

This is about the benefit of providing an offering to others with "no expectation" of a return. Very humbling, very moving and has a a real feel good effect.

Visited May 2012
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“Poignant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Find a back street away from the main 'night market' area and you will experience the real thing. Unfortunately the main street has been hijacked by local traders and bus loads of tourists who have spoilt the poignancy of this moving ritual. We stayed at Satri House. There is a monastery just a few meters up the road and the local women line the street to make their offerings as the monks return. If you want to participate, please observe the correct etiquette.

Visited May 2012
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“Spiritual experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Probably the highlight for me. Observing the giving of alms to the monks is not to be missed.The quietness as they progressed along the street in the early morning was visually beautiful. The only thing which spoiled the ceremony was some tourists did not observe a respectful distance from the monks when taking photos which was disappointing

Visited April 2012
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