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Private Tour: Buddhist Monks' Almsgiving Experience in Bangkok

Bang Chalong, Thailand
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iconOffered in: English


Take part in one of Buddhism’s oldest and gentlest religious ceremonies — the act of almsgiving — with this privately guided 3-hour experience in Bangkok. Enjoy the special privilege of joining orange-robed monks as they perform their early morning alms rounds outside their temples, receiving food offerings from the locals. Then, sit down to share in the monks’ morning meal, a truly humbling experience. This private tour is limited to a maximum of two guests.
  • Private 3-hour almsgiving with Buddhist monks experience in Bangkok
  • Join a group of orange-robed monks during their daily alms collection
  • Take part in the ancient ceremony by acting as a ‘temple boy,’ carrying a monk’s bag
  • Watch as the monks receive food from the local Buddhist faithful
  • Share in the monks’ breakfast of the donated food
  • Learn all about this ancient Buddhist ceremony and its symbolism
  • Private experience for a maximum of two guests
Rise early and travel independently to the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. 

Meet your guide at first light, and hear an introduction to what’s ahead, learning about the ancient custom of almsgiving. This daily, dawn ritual sees orange-robed Buddhist monks make their way around their temple districts to receive food offered by the Buddhist faithful.

Your guide has been granted special permission from local monks to bring a maximum of two guests along to take part in the ceremony — a rare privilege.

When you’re ready, set off with your guide as daylight takes hold, and join some monks as they begin their alms rounds. Take the opportunity to play a direct part in the ceremony, performing the duties of a ‘temple boy’ by carrying a monk’s bag, traditionally used to hold their alms bowl.

Accompany the monks as they walk, and watch as they humbly proffer their bowls to receive offerings for what will be their one meal of the day. Then, follow the monks to the temple, and sit down with them to share in their morning meal of donated food.

After about three hours, your tour concludes when you say goodbye to your guide in the city center.

Please note: only male guests are able to assist the Buddhist monks in collecting alms. However, females are free to accompany the monks and observe the ceremony.
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Great Morning with Monks and BIG
, Jan 2020
We wanted something less touristy and we got that with Big. He took us behind the scenes with the monks as they journeyed to get their morning meal. He explained a lot about the life of a monk and a day in their life. later Big showed us a local place to eat. He is very interesting and knowledgeable! This was the spiritual side to Bangkok that Big made real for us—highly recommend a morning with him. One of my beat days in Bangkok.
This is unlike usual tourist tour, but...
, Feb 2017
This is unlike usual tourist tour, but a truely unique experience, where we get the chance to be the one day temple boy. Our tour guide and monks are super friendly too. Highly recommended.

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