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Morning monk procession

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What we say: 4.5 stars

If Luang Prabang has a must-see attraction, this is it.

Each morning at around 06:00, hundreds of resident monks leave their wat and walk silently down the streets in single-file to collect food offerings from the local people.

The near endless parade of monks, each barefoot and saffron-robed, is truly a spectacular sight and this dawn ceremony has become an iconic image of Luang Prabang.

However, many tourists seem to forget that this is a genuine religious ceremony, not a cultural show for their enjoyment. Despite the vendors eager to sell you a basket of sticky rice so you too can feed the monks, only participate if it's meaningful to you.

Otherwise, show respect and observe the ceremony quietly and from a distance.

Never put yourself into the column of monks to take a photo.

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