Monday, February 23: My boat guide drops me off at the lake shore and directs me inland to the five-day rotating market, which today is at Khuang Daing Village. I walk along a dirt path, toward a small pagoda, but I don’t really see signs of a market.
I see a local boy balancing some goods in two baskets slung over his shoulder, so I figure I should follow him.
I follow him through an overgrown path until I emerge at what is clearly a boisterous market, very well attended by locals and tourists alike.
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It’s so much fun walking around the market and observing the locals engaged in making their livelihoods.
The market is the perfect place to capture local people; they are so involved with what they’re doing, they don’t often pay attention to tourists like me who are intent on snapping pictures.
I love this tough lady with a slim cigar dangling from her mouth.
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There are so many things I want to buy, and of course I fall for a piece of fabric which I can wear as a long skirt, like the locals. Later in my travels, I end up buying a Buddha head that is not too dissimilar from the ones shown below.
One of my friends from Korea, Myrna, asked me to take a picture of the red betel juice spittle that is found all over Myanmar. It is also very commonly seen in India. Myrna inspired me to come to Myanmar, saying it was her favorite southeast Asian country. After having traveled here, I would have to say I agree with her wholeheartedly!
After spending quite some time just wandering around the market watching all the hustle and bustle, I make my way back to my boat and guide, passing by this pretty stupa.
The morning light is so gorgeous. I love the glow painted over the scenery like a warm butterscotch sauce.
As we leave to head back out to the lake, it’s only 8:15 a.m. How I love getting an early start while I’m traveling! I can anticipate a full day of exploring, laid out before me like a fine feast. 🙂