Rain or shine, the Buddhist monks that inhabit the city of Luang Prabang in Northern Laos perform an ancient alms ritual called Tak Bat. Hundreds of monks spend their morning quietly collecting donations of rice, vegetables, and the occasional small denominations of money to sustain them.
Usually starting just before dawn, the orange-clad monks can easily be spotted as they quietly walk throughout the city collecting donations from both the locals and an ever increasing number of travelers wanting to participate in this intriguing ancient ritual.
Tak Bat takes place every morning in the city of Luang Prabang, typically starting around 5:30 a.m.
The Tak Bat ritual takes place daily across the city of Luang Prabang.
This ancient alms ritual has proved increasingly popular with travelers of all stripes in recent years. Often cited as a highlight of a Laos vacation, Tak Bat is a unique chance for cultural immersion that should not be missed. That being said, travelers should take extra care to be respectful during the service as Tak Bat is an integral part of the city’s monastic system, as well as cornerstone of the laypeople’s faith in Luang Prabang.
Appropriate Attire :
Please take extra care to dress appropriately in clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees while watching or participating in Tak Bat to keep from offending the monks or their supporters.