VIDEO: Birds and Snakes for Sale in Southern Laos.
Above Photo: A woman on her way to sell her extremely fresh wares in Salavan market, but what’s the upside-down bird? A Hornbill?
On a recent research trip to Salavan in southern Laos, while I was writing BACK, my Vietnam War/Backpacker crossover novel, I went out early one morning heading to the Sekong river, when I passed the above local villager on her way to the market. It wasn’t until she’d passed by that I realised she had a live bird flapping on her back.
I quickly took the above photo and thought nothing of it until I recently came to review my photos and realised she’s carrying not a domesticated fowl like a hen (or chicken, as they’re called in Thailand), but a wild bird, possibly a hornbill.
I saw a lot of unusual wild animals, both dead and alive, for sale in the markets of Laos, so nothing would surprise me, but I wonder if anyone can identify it from my poor-quality photo?
Snakes were another food and market staple in southern Laos, some very big ones too.
I shot this very short (30 second) video of snakes in sacks in Salavan and Sekong markets (I’ve taken the sound off as I talk shit over the top of them to the stall owners while I video their live wares!)
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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