In Southeast Asia, the daily market is like a garage sale + grocery store + auction house on too many cups of coffee. From unusual meat items to untasted fruits, traditional fabrics and used flip flops; if you’re ready to barter and battle the crowds, you can find everything on your shopping list.
A few of my favorite market images:
The region’s Angry Birds phase goes a bit(e) too far. Pai, Thailand.
“You must think we are crazy,” said the teenage Thai boy spooning grubs into his mouth. “But we like to eat bugs.” Mai Sai, Thailand.
The five-day rotating market around Shan State, between Kalaw and Inle Lake, brings vendors from many of the surrounding hill tribes and villages. Kalaw, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of Hadyn Fitzpatrick.
Thanaka– a paste made from trees- is used by Burmese women to enhance the complexion and protect against the sun. I get a beauty demonstration at a thanaka market. Shwebo, Myanmar.
“I can not tell you what that is, it will scare the children,” our Cambodian chef whispered. The sight of skinned, bloody rats scared me, too. Battambang, Cambodia.
Fresh pork for sale: another pleasant image for the weak-stomached. Battambang, Cambodia.
The wide world of rice; steamed with chopped garlic, it’s served with every single meal. Siquijor, Philippines.
In Malaysia, all you need is a motorbike and you can be a cook, taking your temporary kitchen anywhere. Kuala Besut, Malaysia.
Today’s catch at the seafood market- special price for stingray. Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia.