Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Insider Experience: Spiritual Awakening in Luang Prabang

Connect with the spiritual side of Laos by spending a morning immersed in Buddhist life. Prepare and donate offerings, meet with monks to discuss Buddhism and join them in a guided meditation session.

Luang Prabang is an incredibly spiritual destination, particularly famous for images of orange-robed monks lined up early morning receiving alms. While this is an extraordinary sight to see, it is far from a solitary experience, with hordes of tourists waiting to capture the perfect picture.

This "insider experience" takes you away from the tourists to a traditional village across the Mekong River where Buddhist traditions are an integral part of daily life. Here you will connect with the spiritual side of Laos by spending a morning immersed in Buddhist life. Join with locals to prepare offerings for the morning's alms ceremony, making a khan dok mai, a traditional donation made of marigolds and palm leaves.

This daily ceremony is practiced throughout the country but is best experienced in small villages, such as this one. Buddhists believe that by giving alms to the monks they will receive merit and good karma in return. Observe the locals as they present offerings in the early morning light before following their lead and present the khan dok mai to the resident monks. 

Following the ceremony, return to Luang Prabang and visit a hillside temple where dozens of monks reside. Here, sit down with a few of them to discuss Buddhism and their way of life. The friendly monks are very open and will share their views on spirituality as well as explain their daily routines and activities. They will then lead a session of guided meditation. This tranquil temple is the perfect place to meditate and refresh the mind and soul. 

Insider Experience: Spiritual Awakening in Luang Prabang

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