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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
08040570990
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Unless you are Buddhist stay in bed

Our guide suggested we rise early and be waiting outside our hotel for the "almsgiving ceremony" at... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2016
Joanne K
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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Spoiled by tactless tourists

The ceremony itself is amazing. But witnessing 5 year old monks having to get their daily food in... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2016
None of Y
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

Our guide suggested we rise early and be waiting outside our hotel for the "almsgiving ceremony" at 6am. Based on what we had read in brochures we expected hundreds of monks to be streaming past. We waited for nearly an hour and probably less than...More

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Reviewed November 19, 2016

The ceremony itself is amazing. But witnessing 5 year old monks having to get their daily food in a barrage of camera flashlights with some huge camera lenses of fat and tall western tourists less than a foot away from the faces of those kids...More

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Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

It is great to stand back & watch this ceremony. But far too many tourists are more worried about the perfect photo & fill the streets to get this shot. There is no respect shown by the majority.

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Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

All visitors with some basic knowledge of Buddhism should try to participate in this ceremony. There are various locations where the monks will pass by. Check with the hotel you are staying for the nearest location. It's meaningful as this is the only place where...More

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Reviewed November 16, 2016

I was expecting for see this old ceremony, but sadly 95% of the not-Lao people goes the thinking that is something like zoo: Feed the monks and have a photo as a souvenir. So incredibly disrespecful with the religious ceremonies of others. This is a...More

Thank Erika R
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Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Its nice to see but its got quite a touristy feel to it. We saw very few monks but a lot of tourists looking for monks.

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Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Lovely to see but this is not the place to take close up photos. This is a place to see the locals and monks getting alms and also giving alms to some poor families as well. Don't follow the monks and enjoy the Bat in...More

Thank Clarky57
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Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

"Feeding the Monks" is an interesting early morning adventure in Luang Prabang. Monks very from about 10 years old to old men. As they stream by you put a small handful of sticky rice into their personal rice carrier which they carry on a shoulder...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

We were there at 6 am, but it was still dark. For nice fotos it is enough to be there later. I think it is not a real tourist attraction, actually it is a tradition. Therefore I did not like it that tourists also give...More

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Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

A lots of tourists attend to this acitvity. You can book a package tour and the activity is also a part of it. We start at 5am from hotel in a mini van then our car park near a river we walked from there our...More

Thank Jing T
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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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January 21, 2017|
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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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