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Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Respect the ceremony and not to chase or disturb the monks or people who present the alms. Prepare your food for offerings. If you take photos, please keep the distance. Be respectful!

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Reviewed May 9, 2014

You will probably want to be there at abt 5.30am to catch the whole alms giving. There were many tourists around with their DSLR camera pointing at the monks. Monks were walking very quickly to shun away from the cameras. Imagine have 30 cameras pointing at you everyday. Definitely not a pleasant experience. But it is a good experience to find out more about the culture of the place.

The alms giving also takes place in the villages. If you have the opportunity to chance upon it (which I did) you will know that proper alms giving will include the monks chanting to each individual who is giving alms before proceeding to the next person. After the whole ceremony, the villagers will sprinkle a few sticky rice on the ground followed by some prayer.

My suggestion will be to just observe and not take photos. Even if necessary, take the picture from the back of the monks,

Thank Koh W
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Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

This is a truely great Ceromony to be able to watch as a tourist or even tale part in my jouing the local woman and handing the monks balls of rice. However there are some tourists who are just so disrespectful! It made me feel embarassed even though I didn't know them. Please if you go to this do not put cameras right in the monls faces or stand in their way.

Thank Elizabeth L
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We were lucky that the monks walked right past our hotel so with some help from our guide we participated one morning. I would suggest that you only participate if it means something to you and to please observe the local customs as this is not a tourist attraction but an important part of life in Laos. As there were about 200 monks involved we had to learn very quickly how to shape portions of rice and how to place it in the monks'bowls without touching them. We did not see any disrespectful tourists.This ceremony is worth watching from a respectful distance if you don't want yo be directly involved.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

We had been warned by our hotel that many tourists like to take photos too close to the monks which they did. Very moving to see local people participating in all weathers in such a respectful ceremony but diminished by others trying to flog rice to tourists who see it as nothing more than a photo opportunity.

Thank Isto E
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