Almsgiving is a Buddhist practice usually seen in staunchly Buddhist countries, but almsgiving in Amphawa is a little different from the procession of monks you normally see because it happens by boat!
Today you will wake up early morning to watch or participate in this unique Alms Giving (offering to local Monks) along the winding canals and experience what seems like Thailand’s bygone lifestyle! Wait at the pier (or the teak wood terrace of your hotel, or a good place your guide chooses for you) at 6:00 AM, you will find monks rowing their boats come along. Some of the monks had people rowing for them while others were alone, and some more monks will also arrive at the road on foot.
After the Buddhists make merit, the monk will give a short blessing. If you wish to make merit, your guide will prepare a set of flowers and dry food for you to offer to the local monks. Even if you are not making merit yourself, it is a peaceful experience just to watch. Monk usually arrives daily in the morning. However, he may not be able to come due to an ecclesiastical mission or weather conditions without prior notice. In this case, you can do the alms offering to monks who walk on the road instead.
Enjoy your free time until your guide escorts you back to Bangkok. You will take your internal flight to the historical and colorful city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai, located in the north of Thailand, with its lovely Lanna temples, charming traditions, unique food, family-friendly attractions, and stunning setting is a gem in Thailand’s northern hills. There’s so much for tourists to do here, from cultural exploration to adventurous treks and food tours. Your private guide is waiting for you at the airport to take you by private car to your hotel.
Good to know
Chiang Mai is a shopping paradise, nothing beats shopping for a bargain more than in the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. The Night Bazaar, on the east side of the old walled city, is approximately 1km long. There is a small number of restaurants and burger, pizza shops along the Night Bazaar, plus a heap of mobile food street stalls for those in need of a quick bite.