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“Underwhelming”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed October 16, 2013

It's unfotunate, but this ceremony was not worth getting up for. There was far too many tourists involved in the ceremony, and the sense of wonder was completely lost for me. It's ironic, but I think if the ceremony gets enough bad reviews on forums like this, maybe fewer tourists will go and it will be worth seeing again.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

This a must if you have done something like before. Early in the morning around 5.30am or so, monks walk down the main street for alms. You should get some food to put into their bowls. This food will be shared by all monks in the temple. This is a show of humility. The sight of monks in their saffron robes is quite stunning

Thank 636foodie
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

It is always a great experience to watch, from a respectful distance, tak bat in LPB early in the morning. There is something magical about the quiet calm of giving and receiving, of tradition and ceremony. And then there are the disrespectful tourists. Tourists being egged on to don scarves, distribute cheap sticky rice, actually participating in the ceremony with little idea what they are actually doing. Of course, many tourists do the right thing and remain out of the way, quietly observing. What is really disturbing is the behaviour of tour companies who encourage their clients to participate without having an understanding about what they are actually participating in. There are many places you can observe the ceremony where few tourists venture - take the time to find a quiet place and enjoy this special experience!

2  Thank NicS2
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Based on the other views listed here, you apparently want to find a location that most tourists don't hit. We were lucky enough to stay at a hotel away from the main part of town and on the route. It was a beautiful experience. Our hotel arranged food for us to hand out the night before and gave us instructions on appropriate behavior. I recommend you do the same. I also agree with the other reviewers - don't ruin the process with your pushy photography and obnoxious tourist behavior. I took pictures, but very few and very discretly.

Thank AlaskaChick66
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Really loved this and hope everyone respects it and reads what to do to keep it special and not behave inappropriately by chattering loudly or taking photos too close to the monks. The motorbikes come down the street occasionally while its on and it would be better if they took a detour around the street to keep it quiet and serene. Get up early to see this be there at 5:30 or 5:45,-wear a covered outfit and a sash /scarf over the left shoulder and keep back and very quiet.

Thank Margaret S
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