The eagle-eyed among the New Mandala readership will notice that this shop, spotted in a Burmese tourist market, offers a special discount….

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…for Thais.

While the Thai-Burmese relationship may be occasionally strained, and prejudice may sometimes endure, the Burmese storeholders at this market were keen to make deals…in Thai. Inter-ASEAN commerce is strong, at many levels, and the fraternal vibe of this diverse family is reinforced…one tacky knecklace at a time.

Bad luck to the non-Thai shoppers out there.

For instance, nobody seemed to be advertising special discounts to Australians. Bogyoke Aung San Market, Yangon – is anybody out there listening? Australians want discounts too.