It was really early – about 6am, but we were assured that it would be worth the sacrifice and provide a memorable experience to get up early to give alms to the monks in Luang Prabang, Laos. After purchasing the requisite basket of sticky rice and tiny bananas we knelt on mats on the footpath awaiting the sunrise.
As the sun peaked up over the horizon, a quiet stillness came over us all, and the long line of silent, saffron robed, bare footed monks with their shaved heads and solemn faces began their procession through the streets.
A small handful of rice or a banana was all they got from each of us, but with so many from the town so willing to give, they soon had enough food for another day of praying and learning. So was it worth it? Absolutely.
Thank you Calder & Lawson Tours for enabling me to have this moving experience.