Photo: You can't miss the green market of Mingalar.

Mingalar Market

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Nyaung Shwe market is hard to miss: it's that vivid green square thing stuck smack bang in the middle of the little town. This is the permanent, daily market, open from early morning to mid-afternoon. Thankfully, and perhaps surprisingly considering the influx of visitors to Inle Lake's gateway town, it's managed to remain largely traditional and authentic, which is more than we can say for some of the rapidly changing lakeside village markets.

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Officially known as Mingalar Market, it offers the usual mix of fruit and veg, household goods, fishing equipment, clothing, motorbike parts and just a smattering of souvenir-type stalls. Around the edge  (it borders Lan Ma Daw and Yone Gi streets), are tea shops, barbers, grocery stores, karaoke bar and, not least, in the southeast corner our favourite Nyaung Shwe restaurant Lin Htet. While the market all winds down mid- to late-afternoon the restaurants, tea shops and karaoke bar (not recommended) are open into ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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