Tak Bat (Almsgiving)
With over 80 temples and many monks, Luang Prabang has become a tourist destination for visitors who want to witness the religious practice of Tak Bat or almsgiving from the faithful Theravada Buddhists to the monks, who are prohibited from growing or preparing their own food. Every morning before the sun rises, monks across Laos walk barefoot with their alms bowls to silently collect rice and other food items that they will eat before noon, when their fast begins. If you participate, be respectful and take photos from a distance. As the practice has gotten more touristy, some enterprising tour operators sell tourists food or offer the option for tourists to give alms. Exercise discretion and do what feels right to you.