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Alms Giving Ceremony

Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos
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A must do while visiting Siem Reap

A cultural experience that stays with you. We bought steamed rice from a local woman along with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sherrie L
Scituate, Massachusetts
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One of the most sacred traditions in Laos is the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony in the streets of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos
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Reviewed yesterday

A cultural experience that stays with you. We bought steamed rice from a local woman along with snacks and sat on the curb waiting for the monks to walk down into the town. Sharing this with the monks was special in many ways.

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Reviewed yesterday

One of the most sacred traditions in Laos is the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony in the streets of Luang Prabang. Taking place in a peaceful morning before the sunrise (my mom and I got there at 6AM) is where you will find a crowd of...More

Thank OranisaKanja
Reviewed 2 days ago

Giving alms to monks is an ancient ceremony which is very interesting to watch. Unfortunately, this is now firmly on the tourist agenda so you will now have to share the experience with many other others.

Thank stefan0757
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you have never seen monks in largish numbers this is a good place to see them. There are better places though like Myanmar and I guess that's why I just give it an average score.

Thank James H
Reviewed 3 days ago

well, who would blame them, but at 5.30 am, when the monks come out of the temples to collect rice, they look like grim tax collectors. they walk up the street, picking up rice and treats and on the way back, shortly before re-entering the...More

Thank Fedz2073
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a spiritual experience for me. I got up at 5:00am and went into town to offer sticky rice to the local monks for their daily meal. I loved sitting in silence, watching and participating in the giving.

Thank BFK123
Reviewed 4 days ago

The morning alms is from 5:30 am - 6:45 am. It was about a block from our hotel and since the sun was rising at around 6:30, it was still dark when we left our hotel. However, we saw lots of groups come at around...More

Thank PandaHouston
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Alms Giving Ceremony was nothing like we expected. We arrived to see lines of mini busses and crowds of tourists being sold baskets of processed food to give the monks. Some tourists were eating the food while waiting. People were pushing, standing on the...More

Thank Liz R
Reviewed 5 days ago

You should aim to get to the main streets where the monks collect their rations by around 5am in winter. It will still be dark but this is where the senses are triggered. You will hear some chanting, you will see people taking up their...More

Thank knoesenm
Reviewed 5 days ago

It has become a joke, the tradition is followed by people who truly believe on it and not for random tourist that buy a rice basket from the street vendors and give to the monks while taking a picture doing it... monks dont appreciate it,...More

Thank BBriones
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23 May 2017|
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Response from Steve M | Reviewed this property |
We went to Sakkaline Rd which is the main Rd in town. The further up the road you walk towards the river the quieter it seemed to get in terms of tourists. 6:00 start or there abouts.
22 January 2017|
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Response from rjt33 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I organised a guide through Exo travel, he was excellent. You don't need a guide, it's an easy place to get around and plenty of local tour companies. It helped me as I got more insight into the local attractions.