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The monk procession at 6:30am
Today was going to be my "roam around Luang Prabang and check out wats" day. The only thing I managed to do was watch the monks procession in the wee early morning.

My alarm went off at 5:30am, which was my guess for what time the sun rose. I was early by about an hour. The roads were pretty empty with few people out and about. It was kind of nice to see the town before all the tuk tuks and motorbikes starting cruising down the street.

Every morning the monks walk along a procession, collecting alms of rice from kneeling locals. I thought it would be neat to see, but what it seems like is a over touristy ritual. I was embarassed by the many people with their telescopic SLR camera lens, getting right up in the faces of the villagers and monks. I watched for about 2 minutes and walked away, back to my guesthouse for a nap.

The rest of the day was spent walking along the Mekong river and then the Nam Khan river, with stops along the way to read and have a delicious meal over looking the Nam Khan.

I ended up running into one of the guys I drank with in Vang Vieng, inside a used bookstore. We met up for a drink later at the Lao Lao Garden, which is a restaurant / bar with lots of plants, seating, a bonfire and a cool atmosphere.
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The monk procession at 6:30am
The monk procession at 6:30am
Luang prabang tuk tuk
Luang prabang tuk tuk
He was driving around playing the …
He was driving around playing the…
The view from the restaurant
The view from the restaurant
Two roosters waiting to fight or b…
Two roosters waiting to fight or …
The Nam Khan river
The Nam Khan river
more monks in the afternoon
more monks in the afternoon
Nam Khan River
Nam Khan River
Luang Prabang
photo by: oxangu2