Street markets are found all over the world. I experienced the first ones in Vietnam and then learned that this country was not unique when I visited Thailand. Because a war was raging (sort of) pickings were usually meager, especially in rural areas.
The war has long since ended, and the winners have loosened controls on people. Markets are filled to the brim with local and imported goods.
Besides foreign goods, other evils have invaded the country. Surprisingly, markets continue to be crowded, whereas not many cars crowd the rather small parking lot in front of this big box. Perhaps, it is too hygienic...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.