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Beautiful Sight But Marred by Inconsiderate Tourists

We started early as advised by the restaurant that catered the sticky rice for the alms giving. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
L3856jermainech
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Please be respectful

1. I echo the sentiments of other contributors. 2. Alms giving in Luang Prabang is supposed to be... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

A very moving experience spoilt by over zealous tourists shoving cameras in the. Inks faces. We went out two mornings in a row the first time we stayed out of town away from the hordes anyways far more moving than being in the town centre

Thank LizWHobart
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Yes, it's EARLY morning. But it's so nice to see. Very serene and quiet except from the bells from the temples. A really tranquil and special moment. You can buy food and give alms, I didn't want to do this as I didn't feel comfortable and I was afraid I would mess it up and upset the monks (give food with wrong hand/both hands, sit wrong, wear wrong clothes etc). I kept in the background, and yes, I did take pictures, but at a distance. I saw many tourist being really up in the monks face just to get a picture, and a few of the women giving alms were offended when being photographed. People should always ask if it's ok to take a picture of them, and if they say no, then just smile and go away. Show respect. And stay at least on the opposite side of the street where the monks go. They move slowly and there are many, so you will get your pictures :)

A very special thing to see, and I strongly recommend it.

Thank NinaIH
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This solemn procession is best viewed from a place other than the main street. We saw it from in front of our inn, Lotus Villa, and enjoyed it so much we went every morning of our stay. One morning our guide took us up to the main street instead and it was like a carnival! I could not believe the noise and disrespectful atmosphere, even from the local guides who were talking and laughing during the procession. Do not miss seeing the Lao culture in action, but avoid the main street. Your hotel can probably arrange for you to participate in the alms giving, if it is meaningful to you, for about 20,000 kip (US $2.50). If you participate, it is respectful to keep your head lower than the monks' heads, so you will kneel on a mat with your shoes off. Drape a scarf over your left shoulder to indicate that you have something to offer them and avoid eye contact. We are not Buddhist but we respect and appreciate other beliefs and welcomed the opportunity to experience this morning ritual.

Thank CKF
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Getting up at 5:00 am and walking to the Alms Ceremony was a beautiful experience. Watching the monks in their procession around town and the people giving them rice and fruit was a sight I will never forget! A peaceful calm surrounded everyone around.

Thank Tia20
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

But do take note not to interfere with the ceremony if you dont intend to participate. We kept a distance from it, like on the opposite road and observe. Also the tourism board also warn tourists not to purchase any sticky rice from touts on the streets.

Thank Rachael H
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