After a free wine party at the hotel last night, I walked through the old town of Luang Prabang with its old French colonial buildings. Many of these grand old buildings, that are over 100 years old, have been converted to restaurants or shops whilst still preserving their architectural splendour.
This morning, I was up early (before 6.00am) to watch the monks collecting alms. The monks walk along a side-street each morning at day-break to collect alms from the people. Donations appear to consist primarily of rice, small balls of which are placed into each monk’s collecting bowl. Other food items are also donated. The monks, in turn, give some of the items to old people or children along the way. A cute little girl near to me received lots of ‘goodies’ from the monks as they passed by.
Video: Short clip of monks collecting alms
After the monks ceremony, I took a walk down by the river and then had breakfast. A nice start to my last day in Luang Prabang. Tomorrow (Wednesday), I fly to Bangkok.