"As you watch saffron-robed monks walking through Luang Prabang's morning mist in single file, holding their alms bowls out in front of them, you may be forgiven for thinking you had travelled back in time."

This serene tradition, named Tak Bak, takes place from 5.30am each day, and is one of the most vivid images of Laos. This ritual is one of the reasons why the spiritual town of Luang Prabang is considered by many to be the most beautiful town in South East Asia.

Luang Prabang contains almost eighty Buddhist temples, and so hundreds of monks take on their journeys each morning, walking silently through streets lined with colonial houses and lazy palms. The air rings with the sound of the temple drums – it truly is a unique scene. After watching the Tak Bak, visit the morning market near the National Museum for another assault on the senses. Vendors sell all sorts of foods, from fresh vegetables and banana-leave wrapped fish through to frogs and bamboo rat.


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Luang Prabang

Fast Facts
  • Time Difference GMT +7 approx
  • Currency Lao Kip
  • Flight Time 17 hours 30 minutes from UK
  • Capital Vientiane
  • Best time to go October to April

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