You can’t walk far in Luang Prabang without meeting the young kids who need money to send them to school. To be fair they will exchange a bangle or a lucky charm for cash but you’ll feel bad about the balance whatever the outcome. Thing is, Laos provides reasonable education to kids and why is there always an older woman hanging around in the background?
Don’t get me wrong they are nice kids, but if you make the mistake of trying to be reasonable you’re going to get mobbed. A positive point to help ease your conscience though, is that the kids are incredibly adept at converting currencies, and knowing when they’re being short sold.