Hmong woman, Laos

This is a Hmong woman on her way to the market near Phonsavan, Laos. On offer at this very fascinating market were furry forest creatures and tiny colourful birds (killed for consumption), and opium, weighed with wee little scales. I tried to take a picture of the opium sellers, but they kept turning their backs to the nosy westerner. I was told that Laotian people swallow opium for pain. Sounds good to me.

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