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“Kind of a scam...... Not the monks fault”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed February 19, 2014

What happens here is you get up at an ungodly hour to pay tribute and donate alms to the monks on their daily procession for the food they need to sustain themselves. Innocent enough you would think but what happens is the locals have prepared food to sell to you tourists at inflated prices so you have something to donate. And they are pushy and obnoxious about it. You will be harangued into buying more than is necessary and it becomes embarrassing for the monks and the tourists. Better to prepare your own offerings at home by yourself and ignore the tourist scammers. The Lao people in general are very nice but whenever I go here now I avoid this ritual like the plague. I'll probably reincarnate as a tapeworm for this comment.

Thank bones54
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

this is nice to see while standing back from the proceedings. So embarrassing to see tourists taking flash photos right in the faces of the monks.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Cant really give this a rating as such. ........but it is certainly quite a sight, in two different ways.

We stayed in a small guest house in the leafy street between the main street and the Mekong.
We were wakened by the drums (and the roosters) around 4 am, and got up a bit later to go up to the main street to see what was going on. Well, what a circus !!!! The tour vans had arrived , the guides distributed sashes and seated their tour members on little mats and stools along the pavements, complete with baskets of fruit and biscuits , and baskets of rice. The tourists were armed with tripods and cameras and got themselves set up ready for the big photo shoot.
We watched for a while and then returned to our guest house, before the monks started to arrive,
as it was really quite disgraceful.
We were quite surprised when another line of monks passed right by our guesthouse and we watched in a more respectful way from a short distance back from the road. We noticed one tourist actually trying to get one of the monks to "pose" while his wife gave the alms......, and others standing on the middle of the road with flashing cameras.......again quite disgraceful. So it can hardly be a spiritual experience for anyone.

A couple of days later, in the bus station in Chiang Rai we also some monks collecting alms. It was interesting to see that local women turned away and put a hand over their faces as they placed food in the monks' bowls. !!!!!

Thank OTG26
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Was worth getting up before sunrise to wait on the street to watch literally hundred of monks.Shame so many Chinese tourists did not obey the courtesy rules and stood in front of the monks photographing them too close.

Thank Nanadid
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

This is the most 'spiritual' experience we've ever had. Show up along the route at 6.00a.m. each morning and see these proud Monks being offered
their daily food by locals and visitors alike. Keep a respectful distance and
try not to overwhelm with cameras as we noticed some folk.

Thank Celticlondoner
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