Alms-Giving, Monks & the Mekong
A beautiful way to start the day! Your Alms offering will be crafted in advance and waiting onboard for you when you arrive. The morning will start with a short cruise across the Mekong to pay homage at one of the many temple in Chomphet.
A light snack and beverages are provided onboard and your host will be available to answer any questions about Alms-giving you may have. Once to the temple your host will guide you on how to present your food offering and Khan Dok Mai (flower offering) to the monk(s) before they appear to receive them. As your offering comes to an end the monk will take time to personally bless each person before they go on their way. Smiles!
Once Alms have been offered and blessing received we can spend the remaining time as you choose before returning to Luang Prabang to enjoy the rest of your day!
The Practice of Giving Alms
The practice of Alms-giving is most prevalent in the Theravada Buddhist cultures of Laos, Thailand and Cambodia where monks once wandered freely and relied on the offerings of food from lay people in return for spiritual guidance. Although Buddhist monks now mostly reside in Wats (temples) this spiritual connection between monastic communities and laypeople is still alive today. Buddhist monks must refrain from eating after midday, therefore we must offer alms prior to 11am.
Giving Alms Across the Mekong
Chomphet District boasts a number of wonderful temples and we like to share your offerings with them all. Being closely connected to the community in Ban Xiengmen (Chomphet District) brings us insight into the different temples and their needs. Some of course need more than others and some may have less monks and novices. So, we take all this into consideration when choosing where to cruise to pay homage. A local and personal experience in the ancient practice of giving Alms. And…a lovely way to start your day!