In Ban Phan Luang, across the Nam Khan River from Luang Prabang, Laos. Every morning at dawn, Buddhist monks walk down the streets collecting food alms from devout, kneeling Buddhists, and some tourists. They then return to their temples (also known as wats) and eat together. This procession is called Tak Bat, or Making Merit. Because Laos has a Communist government, many people fly both Laotian flags and Communist party flags outside their homes.