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.