The chaotic scene of the floating market in Ywama, Lake Inle. Based on lunar calendar, the floating markets are regularly held in various locations including Phaung Daw, Indein and so on, in a rotational fashion. Unfortunately, these once authentic trading grounds of local produce have been invaded by tourists since the introduction of tourism. Industrious villagers soon found it more lucrative by selling souvenirs than vegetable. Today, souvenir hawkers vastly outnumber genuine market goers. This creates a concern that this local economic system may soon be vanishing.


Home from the market (above). A careful observation shows the domination of female in the market. It illustrates again the important domestic role females play in Myanmar culture (below, bottom).


From arrival to departure - an observation of a local girl shopping in the market