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Monday Market, Saldan Village

Monday Market, Saldan Village, Koh Lanta, Krabi Province, Thailand.
Here's a novel concept; markets that pop up around the island in different locations each day of the week.

I shot this while wandering the Monday Market near Saladan Village (the main settlement) on the northern tip of Koh Lanta. Despite the market's proximity to the island's main tourist hub, it was surprisingly void of foreign visitors. The Monday Market is run by locals and caters to local tastes - which makes it a fantastic place to explore with a camera.

I don't often make images of children (I scare them, I guess), but I couldn't resist firing a few frames of this girl in the fruit isle. It's a departure from the grittier market fare I often come home with - perhaps that's why I'm so fond of such a simple picture.

Insider tip: a smile takes you a long way in a Thai market - and often leads to more free samples than you find at Costco on a Saturday. Be polite, and try anything your gracious host offers you, including roasted beetles and/or funky durian fruit.

Sala Dan, Ko Lanta District, Krabi, Thailand