A Total TaiTai Tale

Tale of a Total TaiTai who was in Beijing & Beyond and is now in Singapore & Surroundings!

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The last almsgivers

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The morning call was early for me (twice) but it was a very nice start of the day.

We finished it off by breakfast at the lovely French coffee where we met a lovely man who explained to us all the ritual (especially this one).
Turns out he has been coming to Luang Prabang for a few years to teach English to the monks. One of his student got a scholarship to the school where our kids are studying in Singapore. How cool is that.

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The monks pause and chanted in front of the last almsgivers. (Video to follow)

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”It’s one of the most vivid images of Laos – from 5:30 in the morning onward, silent lines of saffron-clad Lao monks walk down the streets of Luang Prabang to collect alms. The locals are there ahead of them, ready with bowls full of the Lao staple sticky rice; every monk gets a scoopful in their bowl.

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“The monks leave the monasteries early in the morning. They walk single file, oldest first, carrying their alms bowls in front of them. Laypeople wait for them, sometimes kneeling, and place food, flowers or incense sticks in the bowls.”

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It’s not easy taking a picture without any tourists in it.

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On the Main Street it’s a little more of a circus however 😦

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You need to be there by 5:30!!
I went twice!!

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Our hotel pointed us to a back street where the monks start their route which has less people.

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Tak bat is the morning rituel where the Buddhist Lao monks collect food.
It has become a must-see for travelers to Luang Prabang.

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