When you’re traveling to other areas of the world, oftentimes religious ceremonies or locations ARE the main tourist attraction. While these might be interesting to watch or to participate in as a foreigner, these sites or rituals have deep spiritual significance to the people who have lived there for hundreds or thousands of years. So how do you go to see one of these locations without helping to turn it into a tourist trap?
For example, my dad and his wife JoAnn went on a trip through Southeast Asia for their honeymoon, visiting many different countries along the way. One of their stops was in Laos, where they stayed for several days in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city.
One of the major “attractions” of the city is the Morning Alms ceremony (Sai Bat)