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Simple reverence

It’s great to watch the monks walk the street for their morning Tak Bat. We only had to walk out of... read more

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Traditional Ceremony

Every morning at sunrise about 200 monks walk through the streets collecting alms. Be respectful... read more

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Reviewed today via mobile

It’s great to watch the monks walk the street for their morning Tak Bat. We only had to walk out of our hotel to watch. Some guests at our hotel offered Tak Bat. The hotel was able to prepare on pre-order. Handing out we felt...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Withaas
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Every morning at sunrise about 200 monks walk through the streets collecting alms. Be respectful, dress appropriately, do not get in the monks way as the progression winds through the streets. Take pictures but don’t use a flash. Very nice to see.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 980duaneu
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This ceremony has lost any spiritual feel. Tourists are lined up in little plastic chairs to participate- and some were loud and disrespectful.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Q5014INmichelles
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wake up early to give alms to monks was a real experience. Try to not be too close to the huge amount of tourists and not to run to monks to make photos while they collect alms.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pioutte
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice to watch this ceremony and experience the local culture of Laos, however you have to be careful to be respectful throughout the ceremony.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 443beckc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes it’s an early start but it’s worth it. The procession commenced with a chant and rows of seats provide those giving alms to positioned to give rice or whatever to the long line of monks. Rice can be purchased from street vendors along the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Steve32Yorkshire
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had mixed feelings about joining this ceremony after reading the various reviews here. However, my Husband and I decided to take part in this ceremony as it was his birthday. We got up early and we were the first to hit the streets. We...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank qmoWW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This would have been an ok experience except for the woman, who I thought was lovely, and grabbed me as I walked out of my hotel and gave me rice and a seat and told me to give it to the monks! Naive me thought...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank EllieandSherlock
Reviewed 1 week ago

To my astonishment, nearly all the monks discarded wads of rice that had been bought by tourists, dumping them in an open "wastebasket," and then proceeded to accept favored rice from a local woman who presumably had prepared her very own offering. Still, all infall,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Janetavidtraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

Alms giving is still an integral part of life in laos and worth getting up early to take part. Becoming a monk for a period is part of local life and community supports this by providing food for the monks.

Date of experience: February 2019
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NancyK1197
February 8, 2019|
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Response from hydrogen99 | Reviewed this property |
It's all over the town of Luang Prabang. It's a small town. If you stick on the main street (which is converted to the night market in the evening), you can't go wrong. Just follow the crowd in the morning
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Nishat S
December 6, 2018|
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Luang Prabang is small. If you want to watch the circus with the groups of impolite tourists Wat Xiong Thong is where to go. But since the monks walk from Wat to Wat, you can go towards the smaller temples and watch the... More
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