MINDFULNESS & THE MEKONG

ALMSGIVING AND MEDITATION ACROSS THE MEKONG

Bounmi Song

20m Custom Slow Boat

6 Guests

Tour Capacity

2hr & 3hr

Mindfulness & the Mekong

MINDFULNESS & THE MEKONG

Experience mindfulness on the Mekong river with almsgiving and meditation practice, and discover the spiritual side of Laos on this unique Bounmi cruise experience.

This morning tour starts from the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, where a traditional Lao slow boat will be waiting to take you on a journey through the Mekong’s magical waters. You’ll get a glimpse of authentic Laotian life as you cruise past traditional villages where many generations have made their living on the Mekong river, and who will greet you with heart-warming smiles from the shore. Your cruise will make a stop at Wat Had Siew where your tour continues on land at this beautiful Buddhist Lao temple. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the custom of almsgiving and experience the spiritual connection that exists between the monastic communities and local folk. Your spiritual journey continues with a guided meditation session led by Ms. Korn, an esteemed meditation practitioner and teacher who is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience.

Each of our Wellness & Meditation tours were crafted with care and made possible with the rich knowledge, close relationships and personal friendships we’ve created with Laotian natives, local communities, and the mighty Mekong herself.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Your Choice of Alms

For this tour, each person should select their own type of donation from the list below (this is included in your package):

Basic Living – One should never be in need of the basics to live. This form of donation could include items such as food, water, gloves, blankets, soaps, personal hygiene products etc.

Health – This form of donation promotes general health. Items include medicines, fruits, health supplements, healthy drinks, super food, medicinal plants, herbs, fruit trees etc.

Purpose – This form of donation promotes purpose and achievements of long-term initiatives that are important to the community. Items could include building supplies, water systems, meditation halls, temple restorations etc.

Spiritual – This form of donation promotes the spirituality in individuals. Items could include flowers, candles, clothing for monks, Buddha statues, Buddhist drums, meditation cushions, chant books etc.

Should you wish to support the temple further with additional donations, please let us know.

Your Choice of Meditation Practice

For this tour, select one meditation practice per group from the list below:

Body Scan Meditation – This form of meditation practice helps you develop awareness of your bodily sensations, allowing you to identify areas of tension and to relieve them. This practice promotes a general feeling of calm and relaxation, helping you reduce stress, improve well-being, and relieving bodily aches and pains.

Sitting Meditation – A form of meditation practice that cultivates mindfulness through mindful sitting. You would find a reasonably comfortable and erect posture to sit in for 40-60 minutes and stay as still as possible in this position. While sitting, the objective is to watch the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe in and out, being highly aware and conscious of the movements of your body.

Breath of Fire Meditation – This is a form of Pranayama, a breathing practice used to stimulate Kundalini (energy and consciousness) and increase Prana (vital life force). This intense breathing practice requires you to take consecutive quick, short breaths and should be attempted with some care, especially with pregnant women, vertigo sufferers, and people with high blood pressure. The benefits of Breath of Fire practice include calming effects, detox, pain relief, core strengthening and emotional release.

Loving Kindness Meditation – Also known as Metta meditation, this practice stems from Buddhist traditions. The purpose of this meditation is to cultivate unconditional love and kindness towards all things, starting by the loving and acceptance of yourself, and then extending that to include all others, including your enemies.

The Crew

Bounmi Managing Director – Adele

This experience was designed by Adele and only made possible through close collaboration with Ms. Korn and Satu Oun Huan at Wat Had Siew. We hope you enjoy an exceptional experience of Buddhist traditions and mindfulness.

Meditation & Spiritual Specialist – Ms. Korn

The meditation sessions on this tour will be led by Ms. Korn (Kornkanok Sriwan) who has over 15 years of training and teaching experience in the art of meditation. Born in Thailand, Ms. Korn has been practicing Vipassana Meditation throughout her life. She is certified by London Meditation UK in the fields of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Awareness Coaching Foundation Training (ACFT). She is also a member of the London Vedic Meditation Centre, Soto Zen Buddhist Meditation, the British Meditation Society, and London Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Bringing awareness of Eastern spiritual teaching to Western students has been the focus of her career and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge and passion to help others perceive the benefits that can be achieved for both the body and mind through Buddhist meditation practices.

Professional Boat Captain

Bounmi’s captain’s are local experts on the river and safety conscious.

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 0830 AM and 0930AM.

Meeting the Boat

We offer transfers to and from the boat and will pick you up directly at your hotel. Within city limits.

If you would like to make your own way to the boat, confirmation of dock will be provided at the time of your booking.

If staying within walking distance of the Mekong, we ask that you meet us on the Mekong. We will provide the location to the most convenient dock in relation to your hotel.

What’s Included/Not Included

Included

Transportation to and from the boat (hotel pick-up). Within city limits.

Donation & flowering offering to Wat Had Siew temple.

Pha Biang (scarf) for temple.

Alms-giving practice.

Mindfulness meditation session.

Non-alcoholic beverages, herbal teas & water.

Traditional Lao snacks.

On-board music system.

Not Included

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

What To Bring

What to Bring

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for entering Wat Had Siew.

Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.

Sun protection and bug spray.

Things To Consider

Visiting Local Sites of Interest

When visiting local villages and temples along the Mekong river, do be aware that oftentimes there are no paved pathways and you’re usually met with uneven ground and stairways. We ask each of our guests to please be aware of your own fitness level and to take this into consideration on your tour.

Cultural Considerations

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for entering any religious site in Laos. Villages have their own local temples, so kindly take note of this if you wish to pay them a visit.

Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

It is polite to remove your shoes before entering any temple or local Lao home. Note: Your feet should never be used for pointing, especially in the direction of a monk or novice. It is also impolite to step over or through people sitting down.

When at temple and in the presence of a monk and/or elder, one should consider their body and head position, in relation too the monk(s) or elder(s) in the room. One should not stand directly above or pass over top another person’s head, especially a monk and/or elder. In general, it is best not to touch another persons head if you don’t know them. Children included.

Responsible Tourism

We kindly ask our guests not to hand out money to children in the villages they visit. Should you wish to support any of the villages or temples that you come across, please let us know and we’ll be happy to advise on how to do that responsibly.

Seasons & Temperatures

Dry season is between Nov – Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. Rainy season is between May – Oct with average temperatures of 32°C.

Prices

Price per Adult
Price per Adolescent
Price per Child
  • Prices are in US Dollars.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Free – Infants 3 years and under.

MINDFULNESS & THE MEKONG

WHAT TO EXPECT

MEETING POINT

Meet your English-speaking tour host (Adele) and your boat captain at the docks.

CRUISE STARTS

Your host will give you an introduction to the day as you cruise on the Mekong towards Wat Had Siew temple. Learn about the connection of the Mekong river to the spirituality and culture of Laos.

 ARRIVAL AT WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Arrive at Wat Had Siew and meet Ms. Korn, a devout Buddhist and Meditation and Wellness Specialist who will be leading the almsgiving offering and meditation practice on your tour.

ALMSGIVING & MEDITATION PRACTICE

You’ll proceed to Almsgiving. You will be given a traditional Lao scarf (Pha Biang) to wear during the alms offering ceremony. This covers the left shoulder as a sign of respect to the Satthu, novice, and temple. After the offering ceremony, Ms. Korn will lead you in the meditation practice.

DEPART WAT HAD SIEW TEMPLE

Depart Wat Had Siew and start your journey back to Luang Prabang. Use this time for any Q&As or just sit back and relax as you cruise down the Mekong once again. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

ARRIVAL IN LUANG PRABANG

The tour is now concluded. Transportation will be provided to take you back to your hotel.

MINDFULNESS MEKONG WITH BOUNMI