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This is Luang Prabang morning market- it's a very local's only street market pops up hidden in the alleys on the west of Sisavangvong Rd in the south of the Royal Palace. It's a typical passing spot for Laotians who come to buy and/or to sell and hardly any tourists here when I arrived in a cool slight greyish morning and there’s a lot going on! Some vendors sell at tables, but most use bamboo mats and sheets on the sidewalk; business is conducted at a crouch. What I love about this market is the absolutely amazing array of fresh produce on sale; from fruit and veg, fish, chicken, beef, noodles and strange looking Mekong fish as well as spices and all sorts of leaves and plants which are used to make the traditional dishes.

But the most shocking items on sale are the wide range of 'exotic' unusual foodstuff such as roasted rats & rodents, dogs & bats, sparrows, serpents, buffalo skin, living wildlife and some strange looking insects which I cant even name or recognise etc.. etc... Respectful to local culture goes a long way, they are used to that and not everyone of them likes it but it's their way of living and it's all part of life's rich tapestry.

It’s very authentic market, wonderfully colourful and great for few shots of a cheerful place in this relaxed town. Hectic like all Asian markets and yet surprisingly very calm at slow pace. By noon the market has vanished—all that's left are a handful of tomatoes and eggplants that have rolled away.
It makes my journal worth!!!

Additional pictures:
WS1 "Yummy - mouth watering"
WS2: "Amazing - food glorious food "

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