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Luang Prabang: 3.5-Hour Almsgiving Experience and Local Tour

Product ID: 173727
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Go beyond the tourist hoards and join the procession of almsgiving ceremony in Luang Prabang. Move on to discover the art of meditation, explore the region's temples and markets, try traditional breakfast foods, and explore the National Museum.
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Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting time 5:30 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Offer food to novices and monks on the street
  • Practice mediating with a zen Buddhist
  • Achieve a tranquil state of mind while meditating
  • Discover a different side of the city
Full description
One of the greatest ceremonies in Buddhism is the almsgiving. Participate in the ceremony with a local host. Line up with the devotees giving out the food the monks walking past. 

Understand the procession and history behind it. After the ceremony, head to a temple to learn the art of meditation from a Dharma teacher at a Buddhist school. Ask any questions about meditation and Buddhism, and explore the temple.

Next, discover the Lao morning market, filled with curiosities such as snakes, insects, birds, rats, bee's wax and other fresh countryside herbs and vegetables. Head to a local noodle stall or porridge shop (depending on your preference) for a wonderfully local breakfast.

Visit Wat Mai, one of Luang Prabang's largest and most richly decorated temples. Hear about the history of this temple from your guide, before you are dropped off at the Luang Prabang National Museum to explore at your own leisure.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Noodle soup
  • Sticky rice for almsgiving
  • Commentary provided in English
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to meeting point
  • Museum entrance fee (30,000 kips)

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Meeting point

Meet at the entrance of Houngvilay Hotel, Kitsarat road, Luang Prabang

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Important information
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• You must be 8 or older to participate
• Please wear long pants or skirts and T-shirts or shirts for visiting temples
• The maximum group size is 8 people
• The hours of operations are from 5:20 AM to 8:00 AM
• The museum is not open on Tuesdays
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Product ID: 173727