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Alms Giving Ceremony, Luang Prabang

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In a World Heritage-listed city, you can take part in one of most sacred and ancient Lao traditions known as Alms Giving Ceremony. The ritual begins at sunrise with around 200 devotees departing from their temples and spreading out all over the city to hand out alms. Before participating in the spiritual ceremony, purchase the simple offerings of rice, traditional sweet snacks, or fresh fruit. Should you wish not to give any alms, keep an appropriate distance from the monks and behave in a respectful manner. Cover your chest, legs, and shoulders in modest clothing, and turn off the flash on your camera. Plan to see Alms Giving Ceremony and other attractions that appeal to you using our Luang Prabang trip itinerary maker.
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  • Since we stayed at My dream Boutique, the preparation done by the hotel staff. We did the offering at 6am. Avoid taking selfie while offering the food to the monks. I believe it is very improper act. ...  more »
  • Opted not to go to the temple as I wanted a more relaxed viewing without so many tourists. The row of about 70 monks filed down the road outside the hotel where I was staying about 6.10am. There were ...  more »
  • The ceremony is really very nice to see. We are at 5:30 Street sakkhaline, in the face of the pagodas, and the ceremony began at about 5:40-45 until 7:10-15. This is a moment not to be missed if you are passing in Luang Prabang even if it is, I think, marred by the disrespect of Asian tourists coming to hinder the smooth running of the ceremony to... take pictures!
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Where to stay in Luang Prabang

Although accommodations in Luang Prabang can be pricier than elsewhere in the country, the city boasts a wide variety of options for overnight stays, ranging from budget backpacker hostels to luxury heritage hotels. You can find a plethora of boutique guesthouses in Luang Prabang, from family-run places to mid-range and upscale establishments situated in colonial-era villas.
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