Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
In the early morning, devoted residents of Luang Prabang kneel on the sidewalk bearing food in their hands, which they offer to the monks as they walk by in a procession of orange robes. The ‘Tak Bat’ ceremony is a culturally significant moment, taking place in a peaceful and respectful manner, with no words exchanged between the monks and the inhabitants making the offerings.
After this humbling ceremony, the experience continues with a visit to a local market – a very animated place to be in the morning, to say the least. Each stall offers different kinds of food ranging from fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, to herbs and fragrant spices. The sights, sounds and smells are sure to awaken all the senses. This is a great chance to taste some local snacks before finishing in a welcoming local restaurant on the Mekong river bank to start the day with a ‘Khao Soy’ soup, a traditional Lao breakfast.
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