Suffused by Buddhist rhythms
Luang Prabang is home to over 1,200 monks and the golden spires of more than 30 temples pierce the sky. Witness Tak Bat each morning at sunrise, as monks and novices walk the streets accepting alms. Then take a floral offering of your own creation to a nearby temple for a private tour or meditation session.
Buddhist Learning Centre
Amantaka has launched a Buddhist Learning Centre, designed to educate and immerse guests on the practice and principals of Buddhism, bringing the resort closer to the local community and customs. As part of the experience abbot Sengdao Santikaro offers daily private teaching for guests for up to an hour and a half, asking pertinent questions, to guage the guest’s knowledge of Buddhism, before talking through the five principals of good living.
Alms offering 'Sai Bat'
For centuries monks and novices have left their temples every day to walk through town, accepting alms from the local townsfolk: a way for people to gain merit and for the monastic community to maintain contact with their community. This walking meditation occurs at first light in different locations throughout Luang Prabang. There is a procession along the town’s main street, but we recommend the quieter and less frequented Sai Bat in front of the resort. We invite you to join us for this contemplative and spiritual experience.
Lao textile experience
A short drive to Ban Saylom, visitors will be welcomed by Ock Pop Tok’s Cultural Guide in a beautifully-restored wooden house over refreshing tea. Learn the art of silk making at Ock Pop Tok in Ban Saylom, a short drive from Amantaka. After understanding the three distinct types of Lao weaving and trying your hand at the loom, enjoy dyeing your own silk scarf and designing your own batik masterpiece.