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Tak Bat – Silence is the code

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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