Would you like to meet a Novice or Monk in Luang Prabang? We explore two local Buddhist monasteries and temples. We will visit the holiest prayer room and also talk with a local monk or novice to exchange ideas about their daily life and what it's like to be a monk.
Meet your guide in a street in the tourist area in the heart of ancient Luang Prabang. We walk to one of the most famous temples in Luang Prabang - Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Built at the turn of the 18th century, it is the largest temple in Luang Prabang.
Monks are revered and highly respected. Novice monks are the first stage of entering the monk world. It is when young males are taught the ways of Buddhism and how to become a monk. Most Lao males join a monastery for some period of their lives. For many children in rural areas, joining a monastery is the only available option for education. Life is not always easy and young monks follow a strict daily routine, living communally, sharing food and daily chores.
We will visit another Wat nearby that is not so ornately decorated and reflects a more typical temple of the area (there are 30 temples in the small town of Luang Prabang).
You will have the opportunity to talk with a Novice or Monk and share experiences about their life and yours. They are usually keen to speak with foreigners and learn as much about your life as you theirs.
Our Local hosts come from various trades of life and take you along into this experience connecting your home with their culture and lifestyle.
An indication of best times.
Laos 7am - 5pm
US (UTC-8) 4pm - 2am
Australia 11am - 9pm
NZ 1pm - 11pm
UK Middnight - 10am