Morning Almsgiving and Market Tour Luang Prabang

Morning Almsgiving and Market Tour Luang Prabang
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Rise early to observe the solemn morning ritual of monks walking through the streets of Luang Prabang at sunrise to collect alms. ‘Tak bat,’ or almsgiving, is a must-see experience for travelers to Luang Prabang, home to nearly 80 Buddhist temples. After the opportunity to make your own rice offering to saffron-robed monks, you’ll head to a morning market for another glimpse of local life.

Tour Itinerary

2.5 hours morning tour (5.30 – 8.00)

Pick up at dawn from your hotel and transfer to a street where a single-file line of silent, saffron-clad Buddhist monks walk with their alms bowls each morning. Observe or participate in this serene Buddhist ritual of almsgiving, known as tak bat.

Luang Prabang’s many monastic communities are sustained by the local Buddhists who place sticky rice in the monks’ bowls during the daily ritual. Take the opportunity to make a rice offering with the help of your guide, or simply watch in awe as dozens of monks emerge to stroll past laypeople offering flowers and incense in reverence for this sacred observance.

After the monks have passed through, you’ll visit a market that pops up each morning near Luang Prabang’s main thoroughfare. Brush elbows with the locals buying daily fruits, vegetables, meat and spices from vendors who display an enticing array of products from their bamboo mats and sarongs on the sidewalk. Marvel at locally grown chili peppers, miniature eggplants and violet banana flowers used in home cooking, and perhaps try regional snacks like dried buffalo skin and rice-flour chips (own expense). Return to your hotel after 2.5 hours of informative tour.

Tour price

Private morning almsgiving and market tour Luang Prabang

No of travelers 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-8 pax 9 pax up
USD/person $36 $30 $26 $20

Not fit your requirement? Feel free to contact us to plan this trip and get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs

Tour inclusive

  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Almsgiving donation,
  • English speaking tour guide.

Tour exclusive

  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses, other not mentioned above
  • Gratuities (optional).

 Additional info

  • Please note that dress codes are conservative for this tour; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is required
  • Photography is permitted if taken in a respectful, non-intrusive manner. Please do not interrupt the monks’ meditation by using flash photography.
  • Almsgiving ritual is traditionally performed in silence, with no physical contact

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