By Ann Shields
May 04, 2014
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Luang Prabang’s daily alms offering—a silent procession of monks accepting food from alms-givers—was nearly cancelled because of some disrespectful behavior among observers. The government, keen to retain the tourist revenue generated by the ceremony, allegedly arranged to have citizens dress up as monks if the holy men withdrew from the ritual, but so far the tradition continues.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.