Dawn in Luang Prabang comes with saffron. As the light touches the town, monks leave their wats (or temples) to walk through the town in silent procession, collecting alms.
Tak Bat, or alms-giving, has a long tradition in Laos, surviving even years of Communist rule. Many villagers set up little braziers by the side of the road to cook rice for the monks. Then, before many tourists have risen from their beds, the monks return as silently to their wats, and another day has begun.
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