LP (Luang Prabang) proved to be a charming if not sweaty town. It was mid may and we were getting into the hottest season of the year where temperatures were reaching 40 degrees by mid day.
There are numerous monestaries in LP which makes the daily collecting of alms an interesting spectacle. Several monks from each monestary walk a path through town in barefeet. The oldest and most experienced monk leads the procession and the younger monks follow. Lay people kneel on the sidewalk and give containers of rice to the monks and the monks give some of it back to the poorer kids. This all happens at dawn.