What happens here is you get up at an ungodly hour to pay tribute and donate alms to the monks on their daily procession for the food they need to sustain themselves. Innocent enough you would think but what happens is the locals have prepared food to sell to you tourists at inflated prices so you have something to donate. And they are pushy and obnoxious about it. You will be harangued into buying more than is necessary and it becomes embarrassing for the monks and the tourists. Better to prepare your own offerings at home by yourself and ignore the tourist scammers. The Lao people in general are very nice but whenever I go here now I avoid this ritual like the plague. I'll probably reincarnate as a tapeworm for this comment.