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Theingyl Zei: The "local's" Market or Zei
This market is much cheaper than the Bogyoke Aung San Market, and the one most frequented by the locals. Whilst it does not have the same range of souvenir and tourist appealing merchandise, there are plenty of things of interest and allure for the ardent shopper!
We were the only tourists in this market on the day of our visit - and we attracted much very open gawking interest! This was something we had to get used to in Myanmar!
We also managed to attract a "tout" in this market - a young fellow who tagged along and talked - to help his studies - but he popped up again when we were at the BAS market, reinforcing my view that he was seeking service. No harm done - and no pressure at all though.
What to buy: Practical household needs, textiles and medicines - both Western and traditional - were the major items for sale at this market. There were tailor services, and plenty of shops with sewing machines on the decks of the stalls, ready to make something within a few hours.
If you have the stomach for it, there are lots of traditional medicines (which give very good reason to stay healthy) to see, such as snake blood and intestines. There are also large tubs of traditional Burmese herbal shampoo, made from the bark of a local shrub. This is dispensed in plastic bags, and looks quite evil. Good hair dye!
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