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Alms Giving Ceremony
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“serene”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just lovely watching the sunrise as the sea of saffron walks towards you. Watch for the monks turning the corner as the poor of the twon sit round the corner and get little offerings from the monks as they go on their way. I know its touristy, but it is a lovely thing to see - dont miss it. You will see lots of monks all day but you will never see them all together like this except at the alms

Visited October 2012
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“It is a nice experience BUT 'DONT NOT BUY FOOD FROM LOCAL WOMEN'”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

I think it is a very nice experience. I am disagree with some very negative comments on this ceremony. Because of this traditional ceremony, it has attracted a lot of tourists to visiting Luang Prabang this little town. The tourist pay for the flights, accommodation transportation, food, drinks & sightseeing etc. Those money are very important for the local economy.... Some people said they are feel guilty and suggest the reader to stay in the hotel. Come on,you are on vacation , also they right way to give their alms are helpful.

However i do like to make some points and i think it's very very important for all of us.

1) Do not take photo with flash and stay distance when you take the photo. OR asking them for permission for photos.

2) If you wish to giving Alms, DO PREPARE THE ALMS ONE DAY BEFORE and GET ADVICES FROM YOUR HOTEL OR MONKS DIRECTLY.

3) DO NOT BUY FOOD DURING THE CEREMONY FROM LOCAL STREET LADIES. This is the worse thing you can do, because those ladies are selling low quality or simply bad food (either a few days left over sticky rice or expired food). You might thought you done something good because you given, NO NO NO .... it will poison them and make they sick.
Also those ladies are charging you very high price, because they learned the tourist wont negotiate the price, because tourist will feel guilty to negotiate price for the food for the monks.

3) Give them cash if you can. or you truly want to help them (I talked to a couple of boys who used to be monks, they told us they can only expect it once or twice year, they are save the money penny by penny to pay their college, travel to other village to see other monks ) They are just normal human & many of them are just little kids and from a developing country.

I hope you find my comments is helpful, It is nothing wrong for you to wake up early and enjoy this ceremony as long as you keep in good manner and doing right thing to benefit the monks, why not?

Visited October 2012
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“Very moving”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

It's definitely worth getting up and watching this ritual. We were lucky as it was a Buddhist holiday, so there was a lot of giving back and forth - the monks gave to the poor people. What was uncomfortable for me was that many tourists don't respect the fact that it is a religious ceremony and get right in the monks' faces, despite the many signs asking that we respect this ceremony.

Visited October 2012
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“R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

There are quite a few tourists who still manage to disrespect the sanctity of the ceremony--- there is this one guy who had paparazzi lens and yet he stood literally right in front of the monks and womens' faces. I found that very disheartening. :( I mean, if the women and the monks are disciplined enough to arrange themselves on one side of the street, I think spectators must learn to have that same discipline on the other side of the street. This is a sacred ritual, not a sporting event.

Anyway, you only need to get up at 5:30AM if you want to see the preparation process (i.e., women arranging their mats/ "alms" on the street. But you can actually wake up at hour later, you won't miss much than if you have woken up at 5:30AM.

To be very honest, I was expecting the worst having read travelers' reviews. For me, it was quite glorious.

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“The Monks.”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

A must see when in Luang Prabang but be up early to get a good position.Buy some sticky rice and get a mat to sit on.

Visited September 2012
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