Photographer's Note

In villages and cities you will always see monks walking around markets and shops in the mornings, gathering alms in their bowls - this is the food they will eat for the day - and anything else that people give them. In Luang Prabang, the most interesting thing to witness is the traditional daily ritual of the alm collection by the monks, one of the picturesque attractions where hundreds of monks and novices, like one neverending line of deep orange robes parading in a steady flow through the chilly morning mist along Sisavangvong street, to be given alms by hundreds of devout residents.

It is a colorful and awesome spectacle when their saffron robes gleam in the dull morning hue, and the sheer number of givers and receivers.

There's still not a ray of sunshine and there's no hint of the day that lies ahead. This truely is an unforgettable experience to be alone as an outsider observing a distinctly local event, a unique glimpse into a world where traditional tenets Buddhism are still adhered to by most of the population in their day to day life. Laos is a culturally and visually striking and that very moment is not to be missed.

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