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Moving, worth the early morning alarm call

Following a 5:30am alarm call, we dashed out to the Main Street in Luang Prabang to watch the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
philthered
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Wrexham County, United Kingdom
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Unique and interesting

As part of our activities we went to see this ceremony, we were placed at the beginning on a street... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is not a religious ceremony but giving alms to the monks who are suppose to eat anything given. They apparently eat only once a day ie before noon. It's a humbling experience for me personally.

Thank Caroline T
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Don’t do this unless it’s meaningful to you. Meaning: a practicing Buddhist. This is not a photo op and it’s rude and disrespectful for tourists to turn this religious act into entertainment. If you really want to witness this beautiful thing, get a hotel room with a balcony or patio or window and watch silently from afar.

2  Thank jeswalt
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well it makes for a very early morning. We got up at 5 am. You receive a scarf and dress modest. You sit and line up and you give rice to the monks...
they bless you with tied strife around your wrists and it is a unique humbling experience. This feels very culturally immersive even though it is clearly for tourists .. it was unique and lovely.

Thank Lisetteki
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The best choice is not the main street but the parallel :less crowdy and more easy. It s like in our imagination. But don t forget to go really early... If not.. To late

Thank HDLBruxelles
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw two versions of the alms giving, one near our airbnb and the other on the main drag of town. The one near our place happened when the sun wasn't even up and the monks were chanting their thanks to 3 little ladies outside of their houses. That was incredible to watch as I was the only person around. The next day I walked over to the main street and was sad to see how touristy and commercial the alms giving has become. Tourists are now getting involved (I saw bus loads of tourists being offloaded and then sitting in pre-prepared sidewalk chairs. Saw the flashes of their iphones going off and even saw a few even trying to talk to the monks. Really sad to see that. The "stand across the street to watch" is also not being respected. It also doesn't help that a few enterprising locals are trying to sell rice to offer to the tourists.

2  Thank extravelagent
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Following a 5:30am alarm call, we dashed out to the Main Street in Luang Prabang to watch the ceremony. Plenty of tourists out and about. Some getting too close. Just stand in a doorway or sit at the table of the early morning cafes but don’t get involved. Following this we hiked up the hill to get a great early morning view of the mighty Mekong river.

1  Thank philthered
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok, maybe we didn’t do our research very well but we arranged a tuk tuk from the hotel who dropped us off and when we walked up to the Main Street a lady thrust 3 pots of rice in our hands and plonked us on small stools. She then wanted USD 5 from each of us. When the rice looked like it was running out, she filled it up but then demanded another USD 5 from each of us!! So my recommendation would be to either go armed with food or just take photos of the ceremony!

Thank Sarita150
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of our activities we went to see this ceremony, we were placed at the beginning on a street corner where several contingents of monks from different monasteries start showing up. When we arrived it was still dark about 5:45, quickly sun started to rise. A very nice spiritual experience that with the explanation of the development and education of monks made it a more understandable experience

Thank Ikemx
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading so many comments about tourist behaviour during the ceremony, I did not want to be a part of it - tourist frenzy and cameras in monks' faces. There are many videos on YouTube showing how this ceremony turns into a circus showing a total lack of respect for the monks. We stayed in a guest house where we could quietly witness this early morning event with only a few locals and no tourists at all and it was truly amazing. Monks receiving food and singing prayers in total tranquility. It can be quite spiritual if you want it to be - without camera flashes or vendors. Phone Praseuth Guesthouse is located outside the city centre near a temple and one can experience alms in quietude.

1  Thank kasiulka6
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to get up early but well worth it. Some days there’s loads of mini busses there with huge groups of tourists but other days just the locals. Visitors are encouraged to respectfully participate .

Thank Eve S
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