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“Worth getting up early to witness”

Alms Giving Ceremony
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Monks come out each morning around 6am to collect offerings or alms from the local people. This is their breakfast and lunch for the day, no dinner is allowed for monks. Most people give a handful of sticky rice to each monk. Tourists can purchase a basket of wrapped parcels to give also if you want to participate. Great experience to see and participate in. No problem to just observe or bring some fruit to give.
Small seats are set up on the roadside, just grab a seat and wait for the monks.

Thank steve f
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

...so it feels odd to review but the procession and donation were interesting to see, as I’d never seen anything like it before really. However, watching other tourists (of all nations it seems) running alongside or crouching at all angles to get the perfect shot does take away from it as a spectacle somewhat.

Thank TheOExpress
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

A great way to start the morning. Giving thanks and seeing the procession of monks receiving alms. It was interesting to see that the monks also redistribute what is given to them back to kids and poor people in need who are also lined up on the small streets. Lots of tourists. You can buy the Alms from some tables in the AM before they come. Ask a local what is a respectful way to give.

1  Thank Gregoy S
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Seeing the tourists waking up so early in the morning to go to the ceremony just go get a shot for instagram... and totally disrespecting the cult... It's disappointing thanks to them.

Thank Ana L
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We read up on it before going, wanting to know the proper etiquette. We didn’t want to give food to the monks, knowing that it is meant to be spiritual event. We wanted to appreciate the ceremony from a distance.

We found a lot people didn’t follow the etiquette and treated the whole thing as photo shoot and getting in the way of the monks. It made us feel quite uncomfortable knowing a lot tourist weren’t joining/watching the ceremony for the right reasons.

It was interesting to see the local people giving to the monks however I don’t think I’d go again.

1  Thank Jaz N
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