Rats, Birds and Cannabis Farms : An unusual trip to a Morning Market in Sepon, Laos.

Rats, Birds and Cannabis Farms : An unusual trip to a Morning Market in Sepon, Laos.

Above photo: Young girls with small birds in Sepon market.

On one of my recent BACK-related research trips around Laos, I recently spent a few days in Sepon (called Tchehone during the Vietnam War), which lies very close to the Vietnamese border.

Given Sepon’s proximity to the border, and having frequently experienced the general unfriendliness and bad attitudes of most of the Vietnamese we came across in Laos, I was expecting the worst when I visited the town, but was surprised by how friendly and welcoming the place was.

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An old woman brings her fresh produce to Sepon market.

I met one very friendly Vietnamese man, in his late twenties. He didn’t speak a word of Laotian, but spoke some English and was very excited to talk to me.

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Field Rats – Fresh or Barbecued. Up to you…

The conversation went like this, once I’d told him I was from England:

MAN: “Ah you from England. I have been to England. I lived there for five years. I liked it!”

ME: “Really? Where did you live?”

MAN “In Birmingham.”

ME: “Where about? I know Birmingham well, and have friends from there…”

MAN “I stayed in Birmingham prison! I grew Cannabis in a house and got caught. No money from gang in Vietnam…”

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Bamboo shoots for sale.

We then said our goodbyes and continued on our way to Sepon’s early morning market, where I took the above and below-captioned photos.

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Careful with that sharp knife…

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Inside the main covered market in Sepon.

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, POWs/MIAs and Adventure Backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

See also: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-1/magic-and-other-mushrooms-of-laos/

And: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/pigs-baskets-in-sepon-laos/

Approximate location of Sepon shown in red circle.

Approximate location of Sepon shown in red circle.

© Peter Alan Lloyd

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