Morning Almsgiving in Luang Prabang Laos

Everyday was a sunny day for me in Laos.  We got to Luang Prabang late the night of November 13, 2008, and stayed at Nam Soke Guest House that only cost us 80,000 kip per night, that’s less than $9.50 per night, and I was kind of surprised because I’ve heard that it’s very expensive in Luang Prabang.

I found out at the check in counter that morning almsgiving is around 6 am, so my plan was to get up at sunrise to watch monks lining up to receive alms the next morning, and luckily I didn’t have to go far, the guy at the counter said that the monks would walk passed the intersection at the guesthouse that we’re staying.  Getting up in the morning was not a problem for me, at this point my night and day were still mixed up, I got up at 4 am that morning, and waited until 6 am before I went outside.  It was still dark, and a bit chilly, the air is crisped at this time of the year, and it reminded me of back home.

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I spoke to one of the locals, and she said that there are 14 Wat (Buddhist Temple) and over 300 monks in Luang Prabang.  According to our Buddhist belief, Tuk Badt or almsgiving is believed by many that it’s a Boun (merit making) of life, that they’ll live a long and healthy life, which technically speaking, by Tuk Badt, they’re offering foods to the monks to sustain their livelihoods.  I’ve noticed that female has to sit and male can stand to give alms, and monks walk bare feet to collect alms or Tuk Badt, it is such a beautiful sight to see, to be honest, I’ve never seen anything like this before in person.

Luang Prabang Laos

Luang Prabang Laos

Luang Prabang Laos

Luang Prabang Laos

Luang Prabang Laos

Luang Prabang Laos

Luang Prabang Laos

Luang Prabang Laos


  1. It is a sight I would love to see one more time. I don’t ever remember seeing this when I was a kid living in Vientiane. But when I visited my Grandmother in Pakse during summer vacation, I would witness this everymorning since her house is right in front of the temple.

    BTW…who is the lovely lady holding the rice basket?

  2. Pretty pictures!! I hope to be back there next month. I miss Luangprabang. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds like an amazing experience you had with the morning alm. My mom would love to be there.

    Luang Prabang seem to have cooler weather then the rest of Laos. I have an aunt who is from there. Sometimes I have to listen carefully just to understand her 🙂

  4. Hi seeharhed, thanks for your visit. I was unfortunate to get stuck in Thailand during the protest, but if you plan to go next month and have no plan to visit Thailand, it’d be best to avoid flying to Thailand because I’ve a feeling it’s not over yet, and the airport takeover again is highly likely. And best of luck on your trip.

    Salat, I’ve never seen almsgiving where the locals only give sticky rice before, I often give sweets, water, and fruits along with sticky rice, and if you noticed that the rice basket is real big.

    Luang Prabang is a lot cooler than most part of Laos from what I’ve noticed, the road condition to get there is awful, many dangerous sharp curves, but the good part is that you get to see Lao countryside a long the way, can’t see it by flying there.

  5. Ginger, I love the pics of the monks you took! Very crisp and clear. Their bright orange robes stands out in the morning gloom.

  6. Laotian Teacher, thanks for your comment, it meant a lot to me as I’m so new at this, and not sure how my camera would do with less lighting, I didn’t have additional flash with me, but it turns out fairly decent and I’m happy with the photos.

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