Renowned for its charming atmosphere, the city of Luang Prabang is an authentic window into the Asia of antiquity and subsequent colonial French heritage, with its richly decorated temples and traditional Laotian houses sitting in curious harmonic fusion with later European structures. Nestled on the shores of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the remarkably preserved city sits beneath the sheltering presence of the sacred Mount Phousi and is famed for the alms procession.

The early morning parade of monks through the streets of Luang Prabang is a wonderful sight, and despite the mass attention the daily ritual now receives from visitors, it affords a glimpse into the pre-colonial world of the Laotian way of life in a ceremony that dates back to the 14th century.

As the monks gather the food offerings from the reverential locals, visitor participation is encouraged, providing proper respect for traditional values is observed.