By Nicole Long and Jay Austin,
Luang Prabang is known for its many beautiful and historic temples, and for the hundreds of monks collecting alms around dawn each morning. For guests who want to enrich their experience by stepping into Laos’ spiritual world, rising before dawn is no longer the only option. We now offer a new evening mediation tour! This tour makes an excellent add-on and can easily combined with any itinerary. We find that our guests love the chance to learn more about the life of the local monks and participating in this activity will add to feeling of serenity and peace that accompanies spending time in Laos. Participating in this Chanting and Mediation tour also gives travelers the opportunity to help give back to the local community through the temple donation included.
Here’s what the new Evening Chanting and Meditation Tour looks like:
This evening, at approximately 5:30pm you will join your guide at Wat Nong Temple for the monks’ evening chanting and meditation. You will have the opportunity to absorb the sounds of the monks chanting as you take in the splendor of the gold stenciling and woodwork of Wat Nong, located in the heart of Luang Prabang’s old town. After chanting, the abbot of the temple will lead the monks in meditation. Your guide will help translate if needed for your introduction to their meditation practice. At the end of the session, you and your guide will give a donation offering to the temple before departing for dinner at a local Lao restaurant.