Photo: Hpa-an's colourful morning market.

Hpa-an morning market

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At first glance downtown Hpa-an can seem quite sedate, but wander down to the market in the morning and things get seriously bustling.

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Hpa-an’s morning market was re-located to a purpose-built, though still outdoor area in 2015. While it’s undoubtedly cleaner and more convenient for vendors and shoppers, it isn’t quite as photogenic as it used to be. Some footpath stalls have kept their spots in the lanes around the admittedly decrepit and dingy old covered market, but most have been moved across Thida Street to a couple of spacious tin-roofed hangars. Even though this is still central, the rear of the market looks on to farmland plus karst formations form a pretty background.

Fish for dinner? Photo taken in or around Hpa-an morning market, Hpa-an, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

Fish for dinner? Photo: Mark Ord

The town’s population and market residents are a mixed bunch: ethnic Chinese, Tamils, Bengalis, Bamar and of course Karen farmers from the surrounding villages and fishing families from the banks of the nearby Than Lwin, or Salween, all ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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