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Tak Bat – Silence is the code

Luang Prabang,Laos 5:30AM – Locals and curious tourists gather on the streets.


Between 6 and 7 AM – Calm, collected and undisturbed saffron-robed monks line up, walk down the streets, and collect food that they would eat for the rest of the day.


The town of Luang Prabang with well over 50 temples and monasteries, is home to 100s of monks from all over the world.


If you are a tourist like myself with a camera, only requirement is to be completely quiet. Only sounds tolerated are birds chirping and cameras clicking.


Apart from the morning line-up, young monks are a common site throughout the day.


These approachable monks are as curious to practice their English on you, as you are curious about their life-style.