The colour and variety of the crowd within, and on the periphery, of Nyaung-U market is only matched by the abundance of items for sale.
The Women dressed in colourful longyi’s, with matching bodices, man the stalls with professional business acumen.
Trucks, both local and from further afield, manoeuvre within the small arena dropping off bags of beautifully formed baby onions, corn cobs the colour of an Australian canola crop in full bloom, bright green broccoli and varieties of fresh flowers that would give the Chelsea Flower Show a run for its money.
Items for sale are in specific areas such as fruit and vegetables, fish and meat, various varieties of eggs, assorted rice, cherooots (local cigars) and ingredients for betel nut chewing leaves. Local handicrafts & souvenirs sit beside rattan wear, material for longyi’s and thanakha – a local sunscreen/ facial beautification lotion ground from bark.
The rare small group or single traveler are sometimes spotted within the market, however this is a local market run by locals for locals.
I can’t wait for a tourist to ask me where am I from …so I can say “I live here!” When you come to visit, I will take you for your very own Nyaung U tour…because I’m a local!