Important information on morning alms giving
The morning alms round (in Lao: Tak Bat) is a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang which, because of its beauty, has become a major tourist attraction. However, when tourists are unaware of its customs their inappropriate behaviour can be disruptive. We would like to draw your attention to this religious practice, which has great meaning for the population of Luang Prabang.
How to respect the Tak Bat
Take part in the almsgiving ceremony by protecting its dignity and its beauty. The community and the authorities of Luang Prabang thank you in advance of your collaboration.
- Observe the ritual in silence and contribute an offering only if it is meaningful for you and can do so respectfully.
- Please buy sticky rice at the local market earlier that morning rather than from street vendors along the monks route.
- If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and behave respectfully. Do not get in the way of the monks’ procession or the believers offerings.
- Do not stand too close to the monks when taking photographs; camera flashes are very disturbing for both monks and the lay people.
- Dress appropriate: Shoulders, chests and legs should be covered.
- Do not make physical contact with the monks.
- Large buses are forbidden within the Luang Prabang World Heritage Site and are extremely disturbing. Do not follow the procession on a bus – you will stand above the monks which in Laos is disrespectful.