Zen Meditation Journey

A day as a monk in Laos

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$24.00 per guest
Hosted by Lao Red Cross

Highlights

  • Learn and practice meditation in a temple with instruction from local monks
  • Understand through an insider the significance and importance of meditation in Buddhism
  • Visit Wat Visounarat, one of the oldest temples in Luang Prabang, together with a monk from the temple who will bring you around and answer questions you have about Buddhism
  • Experience a local Lao sauna where the steam is made with over 20 traditional herbs to help relive various ailments
  • Cap it off with a relaxing Lao massage at the sauna

Inclusive of:

  • A guided visit to Wat Visounarath and meditate with local monks from the temple
  • Traditional Lao Sauna (Unlimited times)
  • 1hr massage at the Lao red cross
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional services at the massage
  • Food and drinks
2.5 Out of 5
3 Reviews
Morgan Melhuish Gabon
2
18 Feb, 2018

The actual activities were well thought out and the sauna and massage in particular were excellent. However the guid...

Simon Guldberg Laos
3
21 Aug, 2016

A nice Lao sauna experience (more like a herbal Haman) followed by lovely massage at Lao Red Cross. Very nice experience...

$US 24.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 8 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Many come to Luang Prabang to find themselves, and what better way to do it then to unclutter your inner thoughts as well with a traditional Lao spiced sauna, a classic Lao massage and teachings from a revered Buddhist monk in a pristine temple? We will first visit Wat Visounarat, Luang Prabang's oldest temple which also used to be home of the Prabang Buddhas before they were moved to the Luang Prabang national museum. The watermelon stupa is also a highlight that this temple has. You will also hear about the colourful history of the temple. After the visit Wat Visounarat, we will visit a senior monk and learning the art of meditation. You are also free to ask the monk any questions about Buddhism. The Sauna will be at a locally run steam-bath sponsored by the Lao Red Cross. It has been open in Luang Prabang since 1993 and it's a well established organization doing great work throughout Laos. The mission is to work for the improvement of the health situation of Lao people in many sections in society, humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence voluntary service and universality. We will cap off the zen journey by visiting the Lao Red Cross center. We will be enjoying a sauna like how the locals do it, spiced with Lao herbs and flowers, creating a very distinct aroma that is said to heal your body and tissues. You can go into the sauna as many times as you want, and when you've had enough of the heat, we will have a 1hr massage right at the center. Program: 3.30pm - Pick up and head to the temple and learning how meditation works 4.20pm - Visit Wat Visounarat 4.40pm - Do sauna and Lao traditional massage at the Lao Red Cross Center 6pm - Head to another temple in town to join the chanting with novices, monks and villagers 6:50pm - Join meditation 7.20pm - Drop you off at the main street near the night market area. *** You can bring a pack of milk or it can be anything to the monk and he will do a blessing back to you Please kindly note: - Bring a change of clothes for sauna - Dress conservatively - Wear long pants/skirt and T-shirt/shirt for visiting temple - Bring your own bottled water

Additional Information:

  • Pick up will be via a tuktuk
  • Please wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees to enter the temple
  • Bring a change of clothes and towels
  • You can bring a pack of milk or any vegetarian food to the monk as alms and he will perform a blessing ceremony for you

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Lao Red Cross

Mr. Pheng is ?the steam bath man,? he is experienced in using traditional herbs grown locally that he collects himself to create the concoction of 25 herbs that makes the steam bath so wonderful and goes into the d...

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3 reviews from people who took this experience

Morgan Melhuish Gabon
2
18 Feb, 2018

The actual activities were well thought out and the sauna and massage in particular were excellent. However the guiding of the trip was poor and this led to a frustrating experience and us wondering why we hadn't actually just done all the activities independently.

Simon Guldberg Laos
3
21 Aug, 2016

A nice Lao sauna experience (more like a herbal Haman) followed by lovely massage at Lao Red Cross. Very nice experience! However, walk ins for the same is possible at a cost of 50000 kip - a fraction of the price we paid. There was a very, very brief talk to a monk in a Wat, which was interesting but in no way a meditation introduction, which was disappointing. Xor the guide was great, friendly and he had good English skills! Overall OK, but 24 USD is much too expensive if the meditation introduction is not there (as for us).

US$ 24.00 per guest
3 Reviews