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Alms Giving Ceremony
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“Worried about tourism”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

This ceremony is well worth the early rise. Today they were in groups of about 10-12 from about 5:50AM.

I was worried about tourism killing a beautiful ceremony, firstly with the local ladies trying to sell you food the monks and other tourists impeding and taking photos in their faces.

We didn't want to participate and we're thankful after a no thank you to the ladies they left us alone.

Also to my surprise all the tourists stayed in one side if the road while the procession and local people completed their ceremony on the other.

A very humbling experience indeed!

TIP after the ceremony take a walk through old town, then up the stairs to Mountain in the middle of town (it's actually not that big and opens a bit before 8 AM) then head back into town (or hotel) for a late breakfast before it gets too hot.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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“Different way of life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

This was memorable, but not least as it differs so much from the typical life experience of visitors. One assumes that the ceremony is authentic but even if there are aspects aimed at tourists it does not undermine the simple respect that one ought to absorb in what is their world, not ours.

Visited November 2013
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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“Very earlier but you must go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

It is in the earlier morning, when the monks ask for food, it is a simplicity's lesson, you can feel that to share is great.

Visited December 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

This was a highlight of our trip in Laos. It was amazing to participate in such a ceremony. Please research the meaning behind the giving of alms and respect the monks by following the sim p,le instructions the locals will give you to be respectful.

Visited July 2014
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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“Do not miss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014

You might have to get up early 0530 am but the sight of 200 orange robed monks coming out for their daily food offerings from the local people who kneel on the streets is amazing and very serene.You can buy some rice and biscuits to offer yourself to the monks which is well worth doing.

Visited August 2014
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