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Address: Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos
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Alms giving has become a tourist spectacle

We arrived dressed up in the proper Laotian clothes with enough fruit to give the approximately 250 monks and novices a small piece each. Last time I took part in this ceremony... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2016
reise-tanta-di
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Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

We arrived in Luang Prabang at 5am and we just happened to be there to see the Alms Giving Ceremony while waiting for our guests house to open. The ceremony itself was very touching but I felt a bit sorry about the fact that is has turned into a rather commercial show. There were vendors all over the place selling... More 

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Mullumbimby
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Set my alarm clock to observe this very moving ritual.A very spiritual experience.The atmosphere is the essence of peace and harmony.I was a bit surprised about the alms which were given, among other goodies Mars Bars etc. ,lots of sweets which the young monks surely appreciated.Over all, a must see and should you want to take photographs,do it discreetly.

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United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016

I first saw this about 10 years ago, it was completely different then, it was about locals giving alms to monks, there were a few tour buses but not many and they took photos but its just completely over run by tourists, the monks don't seem happy either. As for people paying to to see it that is a joke.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2016

Sort of expected more and perhaps something different. Seemed a little commercial in a sense. Good for photo opportu nities.

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Washington, DC, United States
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

I really enjoyed watching the alms giving ceremony. I recommend arriving around 5:45am, and beginning near the Ock Pop Tok shop. Note that many street vendors will try to sell you rice and chip bags to give to the monks, but it is actually frowned upon to purchase these items and give them to the monks. Also, I enjoyed watching... More 

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Lafayette, California
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Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

We arrived dressed up in the proper Laotian clothes with enough fruit to give the approximately 250 monks and novices a small piece each. Last time I took part in this ceremony was 4 years ago. I was appalled by the changes that had taken place since then. Although we were early - enterprising vendors already occupied most of the... More 

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1 Thank reise-tanta-di
Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2016

Tak bat ceremony was the most impressive experience for me during Laos travel. Except one serious problem, noisy, un-mannered tourists (maybe Chinese group tourists)! They kept talking and taking pictures with FLASH light during the ceremony, and it was very rude. It would be much better if everyone would respect the culture.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed September 24, 2016

The tourist guide recommended us to attend this activity as an optional event. We actually did not ask details about it, the cost was supposed to be 9,00 dollars however in Luang Prabang there is not change to be given. So I paid 10,00 dollars to a woman who was in her modern car, and who only showed up at... More 

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Hartford CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2016

This was a special morning event--lining the street to present offerings to the young monks. The experience is a MUST and v special to Luang Prabang.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

This early morning ceremony is unique in Luang Prabang and if you can manage to wake up early enough it is great to attend at sunrise. My suggestion is just to keep in a corner and let the rituals being done by real Buddhism believers. Some tourists join arranged sitting areas and give the monks chocolate bars or cereals bars... More 

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