Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





asian classifieds: calling all monks

Tired of your faded red bamboo mat? Sick of being the only monk in town?


Dream no more because Luang Prabang, Laos is the perfect monk-friendly community. Bask in Buddha glory as you and your new monk friends frolic through the rice markets in the afternoon.


4AM wakeup calls getting you down? Set your gold bells with your new friends!


After midday meditation, enjoy the smells of sandalwood incense from some of the more than 60 wats (temples) in Luang Prabang--a gentle reminder that this is one of the world's largest communities for monks just like you!! There's something for everyone in Luang Prabang, whether you're a novice or you've attained enlightenment:

  • Eat all of your rice and lemongrass meals along the Mekong River.
  • Fasting? Stroll by Western restaurants serving meat to supress your hunger and scoff at their sinister ways.
  • Get all of your Buddhist festival gear at the local night market.
  • Not holy enough? Enjoy self-mortification at one of the many stunning watrefalls just a few kilometers outside the city's center.


This holier-than-thou city community comes complete with many spectacular views, including this one over the city.


If dreams of new orange robes and friends to match have been keeping your pensive chants away, come to Luang Prabang, Laos!! Buddha's #1 choice for holy living.

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