This ceremony is well worth the early rise. Today they were in groups of about 10-12 from about 5:50AM.
I was worried about tourism killing a beautiful ceremony, firstly with the local ladies trying to sell you food the monks and other tourists impeding and taking photos in their faces.
We didn't want to participate and we're thankful after a no thank you to the ladies they left us alone.
Also to my surprise all the tourists stayed in one side if the road while the procession and local people completed their ceremony on the other.
A very humbling experience indeed!
TIP after the ceremony take a walk through old town, then up the stairs to Mountain in the middle of town (it's actually not that big and opens a bit before 8 AM) then head back into town (or hotel) for a late breakfast before it gets too hot.
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