VIDEO: The Weird and (Not) Wonderful Markets of Southern Laos.

VIDEO: The Weird and (Not) Wonderful Markets of 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 BACK-related research trip to Salavan in southern Laos, I went out early one morning heading to the Sekong river, which formed part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. On the way, I passed a local villager on her way to the local market. It wasn’t until she’d passed by that I realised she had a live bird flapping on her back.

Sunrise over the Sekong River in Salavan, which was our ultimate destination. This peaceful spot was blasted and bombed during the Vietnam War, as it was a major supply route for the Vietnamese in Laos.

Sunrise over the Sekong River in Salavan, which was our ultimate destination. This peaceful spot was blasted and bombed during the Vietnam War, as it was a major supply route for the Vietnamese Army through Laos.

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, but a wild bird, probably a hornbill caught in the jungle.

A dead snake in Salavan market.

A dead snake in Salavan market.

I saw a lot of unusual wild animals, both dead and alive, for sale in the markets of Laos, so nothing would surprise me.

Snakes were another food and market staple in southern Laos, some very big ones too.

More snakes, this time in Sekong market.

More snakes, this time in Sekong market.

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 rubbish over the top of them to the stall owners while I video their live wares.)

Another tasty treat awaits in Sekong market.

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